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In the end, however, Vautrin goes over to the other side and becomes head of the Sûreté, just as his model, François-Eugène Vidocq had done. Vidocq, whose mémoires had been published in 1828-1829, was a good friend of Balzac and often told him of his police adventures or his prison escapes, as numerous as they were extraordinary. Besides Vidocq, Vautrin is said to resemble other historical figures such as Yemelyan Pugachov and Louis-Pierre 20 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction Louvel, a result of Balzac’s technique of using historical originals, which he reinterprets, re-creates, and ultimately transforms.
Thus Allingham suggests the quality of bitter and unjustifiable self-pity which drives Toberman to evil. Later, an intruder who emerges from the slums is described in terms which suggest his similarly evil nature: “He was tall and phenomentally slender but bent now like a foetus. . ” Allingham’s mastery of style is also evident in her descriptions of setting. ” Thus metaphor and rhythm sustain the atmosphere of the novel. ” If evil were limited to the London slums perhaps it could have been controlled by the police, admirably represented by the massive, intelligent Superintendent Charles Luke.
In 1939, with younger journalists being called to arms, Bentley returned to the Daily Telegraph as chief literary critic; he stayed until 1947. After the death of his wife in 1949, he gave up their home in London and lived out the rest of his life in a London hotel. Of their two sons, one became an engineer, and the other, Nicolas, became a distinguished illustrator and the author of several thrillers. Analysis • Trent’s Last Case stands in the flagstoned hall of English crime fiction like a tall clock ticking in the silence, always chiming perfect time.
100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction by Salem Press, Fiona Kelleghan, Roger Guenveur Smith