A wonderful story
the precursor of those other gentlemen thieves, Raffles and Arsene Lupin. When the Viceroy of India meets a reclusive hunchbacked scholar he takes him to London for a season of high society. His guest is actually an adventurer and master of disguise, who, aided by his faithful butler, steals from London's richest citizens. First published in 1900.
One of literature's first, greatest, and most dastardly gentleman rogues rise again The British Viceroy first meets Simon Carne while traveling in the Indian countryside. Charmed, he invites the reclusive hunchbacked scholar to London for a season of high society, little suspecting that his guest is actually an adventurer and master of disguise. Carne - aided by his loyal butler, Belton - embarks on a crime spree, stealing from London's richest citizens and then making fools of them by posing as a detective investigating the thefts. First published in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers predates the debuts of those other gentleman thieves, E. W. Hornung's A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc's Arsene Lupin, and affirms Guy Boothby's delightful creation an enduring place in the pantheon of crime greats. Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand