By Guy Boothby
[b]One of literature’s first, maximum, and such a lot dastardly gentleman rogues ultimately 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 admittedly an adventurer and a grasp of hide. Carne—aided by way of his dependable butler, Belton—embarks on a criminal offense spree, stealing from London’s richest electorate after which making fools of them via posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now again in print after over a century, man Boothby’s story offers to thrill a brand new iteration of crime fans.
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A Prince of Swindlers by Guy Boothby