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A Nest of Spies (L'Agent Secret) (Fantômas #4)

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The fourth book in the classic series featuring the Parisian master criminal! This novel was originally published in France in 1911, then translated and published in the US in 1917. It has remained out of print since then and copies of the original publication sell for hundreds of dollars. This book can occasionally be found as an online text, but be warned - those version ...more
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Published July 20th 2010 by Rising Star Visionary Press (first published May 1st 1911)
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Rob Atkinson
Another great pulpy entry in the Fantomas serial, but unfortunately in another execrable edition by print-to-order Lulu Press. Rife with typos, weird gaps in punctuation and poor translation choices (to be fair, the last may be original to the 1917 Brentano's edition on which it is based), I debated giving this particular edition an even lower rating, but the story is so much fun, and this was the only version in print when I purchased it a few months ago. I wouldn't want to infer that the novel ...more
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Jul 14, 2014 Phil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first disappointment in the Fantomas series. That's mainly because it felt utterly unlike a Fantomas book - perhaps the regime of publishing a novel a month was starting to take its toll, but this translation felt tired. Having said that that Fantomas books were churned out by writers Allain and Souvestre at an utterly unbelievable rate: truly astonishing. In 1911 10 Fantomas novels were published; in 1912, 13 novels; and in 1913, another 9 - a feat they managed by each writing altern ...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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Other Books in the Series

Fantômas (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Fantômas (Fantômas, #1)
  • The Silent Executioner
  • The Corpse Who Kills (Fantômas #3)
  • A Royal Prisoner: Being the Fifth in the Series of Fantômas Detective Tales
  • The Long Arm of Fantômas
  • Le pendu de Londres
  • The Daughter of Fantômas
  • Le Fiacre de nuit
  • Fantômas: Mord in Monte Carlo (Fantômas, #10)
  • L'arrestation de Fantômas

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