The Crystal Stopper by Maurice Leblanc

The Crystal Stopper

subjects: Classic Crime Fiction

Description

Arsene Lupin may have finally met his match in Deputy Daubrecq, a cunning detective who foils Lupin’s most cunning robberies, thefts, and even a kidnapping. Can the world’s greatest thief get his act together, save his arrested men from the guillotine, and recover his lost honour? A thrilling adventure from the author of Arsene Lupin, Arsene Lupin vs. Herloch Sholmes, and The Hollow Needle!

Excerpt

The two boats fastened to the little pier that jutted out from the garden lay rocking in its shadow. Here and there lighted windows showed through the thick mist on the margins of the lake. The Enghien Casino opposite blazed with light, though it was late in the season, the end of September. A few stars appeared through the clouds. A light breeze ruffled the surface of the water.

Arsene Lupin left the summer–house where he was smoking a cigar and, bending forward at the end of the pier:

“Growler?” he asked. “Masher?… Are you there?”