Though the novel The Tremendous Event doesn't include Maurice Leblanc's most famous creation, the criminal mastermind Arsene Lupin, it is an action-adventure thrill ride that skillfully combines elements of mystery and science fiction, and will keep readers engaged and enchanted until the very last page.
9) The Frontier
If you think Maurice Leblanc's literary output begins and ends with his series of mysteries featuring criminal mastermind Arsene Lupin, check out this tense thriller set in the years leading up to World War I. Probing questions of patriotism and nationalism, it's a treat for lovers of well-wrought historical fiction.
11) The Three Eyes
In The Three Eyes, author Maurice Leblanc veers away from the Sherlock Holmes-style mysteries that were long his stock-in-trade and mixes things up by introducing some science fiction elements. A series of mysterious images are projected onto a wall, and onlookers are unable to discern their source. Where are they coming from, and what does it mean?
In the aftermath of World War I, French gentleman-thief Arsene Lupin is recovering from injuries he suffered in battle. Lupin stumbles across evidence of a nefarious plot targeting one of the nurses responsible for his speedy recovery. Will he be able to derail the dastardly plan before it unfolds?
In this pulse-pounding murder mystery from Arsene Lupin creator Maurice Leblanc, a chance encounter irrevocably alters the course of one man's life, and the early twentieth-century tensions between France and Germany boil over. Although the original edition of the mystery does not include an appearance from super-thief Lupin, later editions were revised to include him.