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Barr, Robert: The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. v1. 30 Sep 07
Valmont is a Frenchman of the old school who undertakes private investigations of a too liberal latitude to qualify him at all times as a crime specialist; but, despite his romantic adventures and glaring failures, he is an interesting character.
He's a careful investigator (though not particularly successful), a former Chief Detective to the Government of France (he was forced to retire in disgrace), and carries himself with surety and no small amount of flair.
He's a master of disguise, and is distrustful of both the Americans and the British. Valmont was an influence on Agatha Christie and is a predecessor of Hercule Poirot.
In his stories he takes on jewel thieves, terrorist anarchists, kleptomaniac English noblemen, a mysterious will, and con men, among others. Unlike holmes, Valmont's ego may exceed his ability a bit.
And speaking of Holmes, there is an appendix that features two stories by Barr that parody Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs and The Adventures of the Second Swag. These are stand alone stories and don't feature the more serious Eugéne Valmont character.
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