Arsene Lupin: 813
ARSENE LUPIN: 813
by Maurice Leblanc
adapted by J-M. & R. Lofficier
cover by Jean-Claude Claeys
On my left, Alsace-Lorraine. On my right, Baden, Wurttemberg, and Bavaria... All those disconnected, discontented states, crushed under the heel of the Prussian Charlemagne, but restless and ready to throw off the yoke at any moment. Do you understand all that a man like myself can do in the midst of that?
Rudolf Kesselbach, a South African billionaire, is murdered in a Parisian palace. Arsene Lupin is framed for the crime, and must escape from the clutches of the wily M. Lenormand, the head of the French Sûreté, while looking for the real murderer, an enigmatic figure dressed in black who signs his crimes "L. M."
Both Lupin and L. M. also seek to acquire Kesselbach's secret which may completely overthrow the political map of Europe, the key of which is encapsulated into a mysterious cryptogram: 813.
813, written in 1910, is Arsene Lupin's greatest adventure, taking him from the prison of La Santé in Paris to the corridors of the great powers of Europe. Never has Lupin met such a savage and cunning adversary as L. M., or solved such an impenetrable mystery as "813", which defied even Sherlock Holmes' legendary sagacity.
Retranslated and published uncut here for the first time, this edition of the novel comes with a new epilog written especially for this book by noted lupinologist Jean-Marc Lofficier which exposes the truth behind Holmes' role in 813.
- Introduction by Jean-Marc Lofficier
- 813 (1910/17) by Maurice Leblanc
- 642 by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier