The Crystal Stopper

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922 - 287 pages

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If you've read any other Arsene Lupin book you are no doubt familiar with him as master of all schemes. He has a keen mind and doesn't seem miss any permutation of outcomes. If you enjoy series that have an usual hero and like to rely on the smooth outcome of every one of his/her's endeavors then you've no doubt laughed with him and clapped your hands when he is victorious, ( M. Lupin I mean) when he has once again escaped the police. The Crystal Stopper keeps you on edge. It is unlike the other stories and may disappoint you with the silly blunders M. Lupin seems to make but the Crystal Stopper will stop your heart. 

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