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Fantômas

Marcel Allain (1885-1969)

1. 01 - The Genius of Crime
2. 02 - A Tragic Dawn
3. 03 - The Hunt for the Man
4. 04 - 'No! I am not Mad!'
5. 05 - 'Arrest Me!'
6. 06 - 'Fantomas, it is Death!'
7. 07 - The Criminal Investigation Department
8. 08 - A Dreadful Confession
9. 09 - All for Honour
10. 10 - Princess Sonia's Bath
11. 11 - Magistrate and Detective
12. 12 - A Knock-out Blow
13. 13 - Therese's Future
14. 14 - Mademoiselle Jeanne
15. 15 - The Mad Woman's Plot
16. 16 - Among the Market Porters
17. 17 - At the Saint-Anthony's Pig
18. 18 - A Prisoner and a Witness
19. 19 - Jerome Fandor
20. 20 - A Cup of Tea
21. 21 - Lord Beltham's Murderer
22. 22 - The Scrap of Paper
23. 23 - The Wreck of the 'Lancaster'
24. 24 - Under Lock and Key
25. 25 - An Unexpected Accomplice
26. 26 - A Mysterious Crime
27. 27 - Three Surprising Incidents
28. 28 - The Court of Assize
29. 29 - Verdict and Sentence
30. 30 - An Assignation
31. 31 - Fell Treachery
32. 32 - On the Scaffold

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Summary

Fantômas is the first of 32 novels penned from 1911 to 1913 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The title character is a ruthless thief and killer, a bloodthirsty successor to LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin. The first five novels were made into silent film serials. The character and the movies caught the eye of the French Surrealists who admired the primal violence of Fantômas, as well as his portrayal in the films, which are considered landmarks in French Cinema. In Fantômas, the Marquise de Langrune is savagely murdered and Inspector Juve, who is obsessed with capturing Fantômas, arrives to solve the murder.

Reviews

Bernie

- Fantomas

A very intriguing story full of twists and turns right to the end. The narration is good, though the self promotion of the narrator at the end of every chapter is annoying.