Re: RARA-AVIS: Retry: Crime Fiction History Question

From: Nicole Leclerc (
Date: 23 Apr 2003

I hadn't received the original post either. From the description it has to be Maurice Leblanc's Arsene Lupin series. One of my first forays into mysteries. He doesn't outwit Sherlock Holmes but a pastiche of SH called Herlock Sholmes. Not hard-boiled per se but if my memory of reading them about 40 years ago is still working, not cozy by any means either.

Nicole L.

> I'm on another list where the following query was posted. Does anyone
> the answer (maybe Etienne Borgers)? Doesn't sound hard-boiled, but
> like an interesting piece of the crime fiction history puzzle. (the now
> generally silent) Doug
> I am trying to identify the title and author of some books originally
> in French.
> Growing up in Taiwan I read a series of detective books in Chinese. They
> featured a very clever detective/crook who stole money from the rich and
> the money to the poor. He constantly outwitted Sherlock Holmes, who
> like an idiot in these books. (do we detect any British-French rivalries
> here?) The stories are set in France, often Paris, my guess is during the
> 1800s. The name of the detective/crook in Chinese is ya-sen, lo-bin.
> is probably his first name. The French author is Morris something
> (Mo-li-shi, lu-bu-liang.)
> I would like to locate versions of these books in English or French. My
> friend mentioned a website at U Chicago where people can ask questions
> this. If any of you literary wizards on this list knows what I'm talking
> about, or a website where I can ask, I'd really appreciate it.
> By the way, I am trying to order books in Chinese. If you know a good
> for that, that would be great.

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