This is a story I wrote some time ago, when I had just discovered Arsène Lupin for the first time. It contains a number of cameos by various characters, some original to me, most not. It is, I hope, an amusing confection, like any good gentleman thief story should be 🙂
This story was recently accepted for publication, and should be appearing in a forthcoming issue of Ink Monkey Mag. Accordingly, the story itself no longer appears here. I have left the annotations, however.
- McReady is from “Who Goes There?“, the short story on which both versions of “The Thing” are based. As certain parts of the story hint, I follow Win Eckert’s identification of him with Doc Savage.
- Vyones is from Clark Ashton Smith’s wonderful Averoigne short stories – Auvergne is an alternate name given to it by Alan Moore in his League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen comics.
- Miss Fisher is Phryne Fisher, from the novels by Kerry Greenwood.
- The ‘cold American dressed entirely in white’ is not a journalist in the traditional sense of the world, although he is a writer of sorts – he’s Elijah Snow from “Planetary” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.
- Le Vin Du Rosier is a fictional wine from the tv series “Black Books”
- Château Vully l’Ange du Cru Jodeau is a fictional wine from the novel “The Vintner’s Luck” by Elizabeth Knox
- Fantômas is the master criminal of Paris, created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
- Samuel, Kosigan’s piano student, is Sam from the movie “Casablanca”
- Erast Fandorin is a Russian detective from the novels by Boris Akunin
- The Kosigan brothers are distant relatives (and in Stefan’s case, an ancestor) of Miles Vorkosigan, from the novels by Lois McMaster Bujold, but are otherwise my original creations. And like Veronique Montaigne, there are more stories of them yet to be told 🙂