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Minutes after M. Gerbois, an unassuming professor of mathematics, purchases a small mahogany writing-desk for his daughter, he is swiftly approached by a young man offering him three times the price for it. Impatiently, he refuses. That evening, the desk is stolen - and, with it, the winning ticket for the latest Press-Association Lottery, worth one million francs! So begins an adventure which will see Arsene Lupin engaged in a battle of wits with his nemesis - the famed English detective Holmlock Shears...
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Maurice Leblanc est ne en 1864 a Rouen. Apres des etudes de droit, il se lance dans le journalisme. En 1907 parait son premier ouvrage - policier -: "Arsene Lupin gentleman cambrioleur". Le personnage devient immediatement populaire et Leblanc en fait le heros d une longue serie d aventures. Au total trente recits, parmi lesquels "Arsene Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes" (1908), "L Aiguille creuse" (1909), "Le Bouchon de cristal" (1912), "Les Huit Coups de l horloge" (1921), "La Cagliostro se venge" (1935) Maurice Leblanc est mort en 1941 a Perpignan.
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