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Arsene Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes: The Blonde Phantom [Paperback]

By Maurice Leblanc, Jean-Marc Lofficier (Contributor) & Randy Lofficier (Contributor)
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Maurice Leblanc's classic 1906 thriller pits France's notorious Gentleman Burglar against England's Great Detective in a deadly duel over the legendary BLUE DIAMOND, stolen by Lupin with the help of the mysterious "Blonde Phantom" and which Holmes has sworn to recover at all costs. This new edition has been entirely retranslated for the first time since its original 1910 English publication. It also includes two new Lupin vs. Holmes short stories, Arsne Lupin Arrives Too Late and The Unkindest Cut (written by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier) and a complete chronology of all the Holmes-Lupin adventures.

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 8, 2005
Publisher   Hollywood Comics
ISBN  1932983147  
ISBN13  9781932983142  

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More About Maurice Leblanc, Jean-Marc Lofficier & Randy Lofficier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Sims has edited two other collections for Penguin Classics: The Annotated Archy and Mehitable and Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief. His research for the latter inspired The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. His most recent non-fiction book is Apollo's Fire: A Journey through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day, which National Public Radio chose as one of the Best Science Books of 2007. He is also the author of Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts. His writing has appeared in New Statesman, Gourmet, Orion, the Washington Post, and many other periodicals in the United States and abroad. Learn more at

Maurice Leblanc was born in 1864 and died in 1941.

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Nicely done, Leblanc.  May 12, 2008
While this book (as with most Lupin v Holmes tales penned by Leblanc) is a little too hard on the English Detective, it doesn't go to the extremes to which The Hollow Needle does. I find that in The Blonde Phantom Lupin and Holmes actually come to the mutual respect one would expect from the two prodigious enemies. Exceedingly funny and interesting, as any tale involving the insane Lupin would be. In short, the best tale of Lupin v Holmes I've read so far. I highly recommend it to fans of either thief or detective.
And Yet They Remain Friends!  Jun 26, 2005
Actually, this book should have preceeded The Hollow Needle. The World's Greatest Detective faces off with the World's Greatest Gentleman Thief in a struggle to recove a fabulous blue diamond! The Gentleman Thief has a new sidekick-- the woman known as The Blonde Phantom, suspected of murder, known thief, and half ghost to judge from her appearences and disappearences! What's up?

To top it off, Holmes has told Lupin he will have him arrested in ten days. Lupin is no fool, he knows the detective only too well. Poor old Watson pays the price-- a broken arm, which Holmes, caught up in the heat of the chase almost callously ignores.

But despite all Lupin's artifice, Holmes keeps his promise. He just forgot one small detail-- Arsene Lupin. The Gentleman Thief isn't going quitely to prison for anyone-- not even a dear friend and opponent like Sherlock Holmes! Quoth the Raven...
Sherlock Holmes vs. the French Gentleman Thief -- Take 2  May 1, 2005
This translation/adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's classic Arsene Lupin/Sherlock Holmes tales (Black Coat Press, 2005) also includes two additional stories by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier. The two extra stories are put in context with the Leblanc tales, in chronological order, and makes the continuity of the original Leblanc stories flow more smoothly.

Black Coat Press puts a lot of these "value-added" extras (extra pastiche stories, timelines, etc.) in a lot of their books making them that much more worth purchasing, in my opinion.

Bottom line: if you appreciate crossovers, you can't go wrong with this volume.

And for even more crossovers, and more Lupin and Holmes pastiche tales, try Black Coat's TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN.

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