By Guy Boothby
[b]One of literature’s first, maximum, and such a lot dastardly gentleman rogues eventually joins the Penguin Classics crime list
First released in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers introduces Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating either E. W. Hornung’s A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne whereas touring in India. Charmed, he invitations the reclusive hunchbacked pupil to London, little suspecting that his visitor is de facto an adventurer and a grasp of conceal. Carne—aided via his unswerving butler, Belton—embarks on a criminal offense spree, stealing from London’s richest voters after which making fools of them through posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now again in print after over a century, man Boothby’s story can provide to thrill a brand new iteration of crime fans.
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