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A Royal Prisoner: Being the Fifth in the Series of Fantômas Detective Tales (Fantômas #5)

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First published in France in 1911, this novel was the fifth in the Fantomas series, detailing the further adventures of the Lord of Terror. It was published in the US in 1917 and has remained out of print until now. Original editions of this book are among the rarest of all the Fantomas novels. E-text of this novel occasionally turn up on the internet, but those versions a ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 26th 2008 by CreateSpace (first published June 1911)
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Kyle Pennekamp
So this was the most-edited translation in the Fantomas series... and it shows. I've come to expect at LEAST a dozen disgustingly freakish deaths per Fantomas book, and this one only had... wait for it... two. TWO! Come on!

One of the things I love about this series (one of the hundreds of things) is that the books, while published at a rate of one per month back in the '20s, never adhere to a formula. The first starts as a old dark house murder mystery, then turns into a high-class thriller. Oth
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Rob Atkinson
Perhaps not the best of the series, but this new edition (also making available the first four volumes preceding) is thankfully cleanly edited, as well as handsomely designed, infinitely better than the Lulu/Beltham Press edition which was the only other one available until recently. The plot revolves around the King of Hesse-Weimar's arrival in Paris, with a diamond of fabulous worth in his keeping...and Fantomas of course rises to the bait with typically ingenious and diabolical stratagems. At ...more
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Marcel Allain (1885-1970) was a French writer mostly remembered today for his co-creation with Pierre Souvestre of the fictional arch-villain and master criminal Fantômas.
The son of a Parisian bourgeois family, Allain studied law before becoming a journalist. He then became the assistant of Souvestre, who was already a well-known figure in literary circles. In 1909, the two men published their fir
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