Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief



"One of the most mysterious and entertaining characters in the genre. Leblanc... was a pioneer of stunt construction and a strong influence on writers to follow.... Excellent introduction."

Jon L. Breen, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine


"The collection features Michael Sims's erudite introduction both to Lupin and to other great rogues....Realistic? No. Fun? Definitely. Arsène Lupin will steal into your heart."

— Otto Penzler, in his "Crime Scene" column, New York Sun

"It's a real treat to have the best of Arsène Lupin available, with Michael Sims' informative introduction and notes."

— Roger Johnson, editor, Sherlock Holmes Journal

"Lupin isn't exactly on the right side of the law. However, as Michael Sims points out in his pitch-perfect introduction, he's not a bad guy.... Those who crave classic detection with wit and wonder will warm to [these stories] instantly."

— Rod Lott, Bookgasm

"In these thirteen short stories, the 'crème de la crème,' as Michael Sims says, Lupin wends his jolly, successful way, 'a rogue, not a villain....' These intriguing, intelligent stories, with their switches of just who the protagonist really is, are a delight. This collection should help advance Leblanc's reputation—as if it needs it. Enlightening introduction."

— Janet Overmyer,

"Sims provides valuable context for the stories..., including an overview of Leblanc's career and a quickie history of the origins of detective fiction. No one can wade through a wealth of detail more effortlessly than Sims, and his introduction here will likely send readers in search of more of mystery fiction's early heroes."

— Maria Browning, Nashville Scene