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Messengers of Evil

Messengers of Evil by Marcel Allain
By: (1885-1969)

Fantômas was introduced a few years after Arsène Lupin, another well-known thief. But whereas Lupin draws the line at murder, Fantômas has no such qualms and is shown as a sociopath who enjoys killing in a sadistic fashion. He is totally ruthless, gives no mercy, and is loyal to none, not even his own children. He is a master of disguise, always appearing under an assumed identity, often that of a person whom he has murdered. Fantômas makes use of bizarre and improbable techniques in his crimes, such as plague-infested rats, giant snakes, and rooms that fill with sand.
Messengers of Evil begins when “... Baroness de Vibray, well known in the Parisian world and among artists, whose generous patroness she was, has been found dead in the studio of the ceramic painter, Jacques Dollon.” It ends with Fantomas' escape once again, and with Juve receiving a humiliating rebuke from the supreme head of the police detective department. But the chase has not ended.
(Introduction by Wikipedia and Don Jenkins)

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MESSENGERS OF EVIL

BEING A FURTHER ACCOUNT OF THE LURES AND DEVICES OF FANTÔMAS

THE FANTÔMAS DETECTIVE NOVELS

BY PIERRE SOUVESTRE AND MARCEL ALLAIN

AUTHORS OF "FANTÔMAS," "THE EXPLOITS OF JUVE," ETC.

NEW YORK BRENTANO'S 1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY BRENTANO'S

CONTENTS

I. THE DRAMA OF THE RUE NORVINS

II. THOMERY'S TWO LOVES

III. UNEXPECTED COMPLICATIONS

IV. A SURPRISING ITINERARY

V. MOTHER TOULOUCHE AND CRANAJOUR

VI. IN THE OPPOSITE SENSE

VII. PEARLS AND DIAMONDS

VIII. END OF THE BALL

IX. FINGER PRINTS

X. IDENTITY OF A NAVVY

XI. AN AUDACIOUS THEFT

XII. INVESTIGATIONS

XIII. RUE RAFFET

XIV. SOMEONE TELEPHONED

XV. VAGUE SUSPICIONS

XVI. DISCUSSIONS

XVII. AN ARREST

XVIII. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRUNK

XIX. CRIMINAL OR VICTIM?

XX. UNDER THE HOODED MASK

XXI. IN A PRISON VAN

XXII. AN EXECUTION

XXIII. FROM VAUGIRARD TO MONTMARTRE

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