The story is about a women, Veronique, who discovers that her long dead son is actually still alive. Unfortunately, she arrives to see him just as he goes on a murderous rampage. From there it basically becomes a horror story with Veronique trapped on an island as the few remaining survivors are picked off and hung on crosses.
Maurice Leblanc has done a lot of experimentation with Arsene Lupin. Sometimes Lupin is the enigmatic foil working from the shadows. Sometimes the story is told from Lupin’s point of view. One of my favorite books was a series of short stories. He’s been a thief, he’s been a hero and for this and the previous book he’s been nearly absent. Now, in this story and the previous, The Golden Triangle, Lupin becomes a rescuer who sweeps in to save the day. He didn’t show up until halfway through The Golden Triangle and used an alias which led me to speculate that the story was originally not intended to be a Lupin story. The first mention of Lupin in this book is around 40% into the story who is still going by the name of Don Luis Perrena from The Golden Triangle. There is a callback to Captain Patrice Belval who was the actual main character of The Golden Triangle.
- Paperback: 634 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (26 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1695774086
- ISBN-13: 978-1695774087
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 785 g
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