The Hollow Needle

The Hollow Needle


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The Hollow Needle is a novel by Maurice Leblanc featuring the adventures of the gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin.
Arsène Lupin is opposed this time by Isidore Beautrelet, a young but gifted amateur detective, who is still in high school but who is poised to give Arsène Lupin a big headache. In the Arsène Lupin universe, the Hollow Needle is the second secret of Marie Antoinette and Alessandro Cagliostro, the hidden fortune of the kings of France, as revealed to Arsène Lupin by Josephine Balsamo in the novel The Countess of Cagliostro (1924). The Mystery of the Hollow Needle hides a secret that the Kings of France have been handing down since the time of Julius Caesar... and now Arsène Lupin has mastered it. The legendary needle contains the most fabulous treasure ever imagined, a collection of queens' dowries, pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds... the fortune of the kings of France.
When Isidore Beautrelet discovers the Château de l'Aiguille in the department of Creuse, he thinks that he has found the solution to the riddle .However, he did not realize that the château was built by Louis XIV, the king of France, to put people off the track of a needle in Normandy, near the town of Le Havre, where Arsène Lupin, known also under the name of Louis Valméras, has hidden himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530150878
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/23/2016
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 620,372
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

French writer Maurice Marie Émile Leblanc (1864 -1941) wrote short stories and novels. He is known primarily as the creator of the gentleman thief and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French Sherlock Holmes.

Leblanc was born in Rouen, Normandy. After dropping out of law school, he settled in Paris and to write fiction. His novels were influenced by Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant.

Arsène Lupin appeared in stories serialized in the magazine Je Sais Tout, in July 1905. The glamorous Lupin was a success and Leblanc's fortune beckoned. In total, Leblanc wrote 21 Lupin novels or collections of short stories.

By 1907 Leblanc was write full-length Lupin novels and dedicated much of the remainder of his career to the Lupin series.

Leblanc, much like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, appeared to have resented Lupin's success. Leblanc also wrote two science fiction novels: Les Trois Yeux (1919), in which a scientist makes televisual contact with three-eyed Venusians, and Le Formidable Evènement (1920), in which an earthquake creates a new landmass between England and France.

Leblanc was awarded the Légion d'Honneur for his services to literature, and died in 1941.

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