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The Blonde Lady

The Blonde Lady by Maurice Leblanc
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In “The Blonde Lady, being a record of the duel of wits between Arsène Lupin and the English detective” – original title “Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes” – the gentleman-burglar once more meets his enemy, the English detective Herlock Sholmes. If in the last story of “Arsène Lupin, gentleman-burglar” Sherlock Holmes arrives too late (the name was at a later date changed to Herlock Sholmes in reply to complaints and threats by Conan Doyle regarding copyrights), in the two stories that compose “The Blonde Lady” these two great intellects are bound in opposite directions. Where one chooses to abide to the law, the other uses his power and wits to crime – and who is going to win?

These two stories appeared in chapters and as separate pieces in the magazine Je Sais Tout, during the years of 1906 and 1907, and were published together as a book first in 1908, being the second of the books where Arsène Lupin, the kind-hearted and humorous thief, is the main character.

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Being a Record of the Duel of Wits between Arsène Lupin and the English Detective



Translated by Alexander Teixeira De Mattos

Illustrated by H. Richard Boehm

New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1910

All Rights Reserved, Including That of Translation into Foreign Languages, Including the Scandinavian

Copyright, 1907, by Maurice Leblanc Copyright, 1909, 1910, by the Short Stories Company, Ltd. Copyright, 1910, by Maurice Leblanc Published, June, 1910

This book appeared in England under the title of Arsène Lupin versus Holmlock Shears




I. Number 514, Series 23 3

II. The Blue Diamond 49

III. Holmlock Shears Opens Hostilities 91

IV. A Glimmer in the Darkness 131

V. Kidnapped 166

VI. The Second Arrest of Arsène Lupin 207


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 27, 2017
Subject: Boring
Not a very interesting book. Gave up on it in Chapter 9.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2014
Subject: The Blonde Lady
A good enough story if you haven't read/heard any of the other stories. In this case the main character is just a little too clever/lucky to be believed.

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