LeBlanc's creation, gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, is everything you would expect from a French aristocrat -- witty, charming, brilliant, sly . . . and possibly the greatest thief in the world. In this classic tale, Lupin comes up against the only man who may be able to stop him . . . no less than the great British gentleman-detective Herlock Sholmes! Who will emerge triumphant?
On the 8th of December last, M. Gerbois, professor of mathematics at Versailles College, rummaging among the stores at a second–hand dealer's, discovered a small mahogany writing–desk, which took his fancy because of its many drawers. "That's just what I want for Suzanne's birthday," he thought. M. Gerbois' means were limited and, anxious as he was to please his daughter, he felt it his duty to beat the dealer down. He ended by paying sixty–five francs. As he was writing down his address, a well–groomed and well–dressed young man, who had been hunting through the shop in every direction, caught sight of the writing–desk and asked: