Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance

Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance

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For the sake of a Russian princess, the Lone Wolf makes an enemy for life—and discovers a love he never expected

While taking in an auction, the dashing jewel thief Michael Lanyard spies something more appealing than the artwork on the dock: the stunning Princess Sofia. There to purchase an impressionist painting, the ravishing Russian émigré becomes locked in a bidding war with her diabolical ex-husband, who drives the price up so high that no one can afford to top him—except for Lanyard. When he takes the painting home, the Lone Wolf discovers that he has spent 20,000 guineas on a forgery—and regrets it not one bit. It is his excuse to meet the princess.

Sofia’s ex-husband is blackmailing her, threatening to tell the world the humiliating truth of their separation, and only Lanyard can save her. But rescuing the beautiful princess makes an enemy of her husband, who years later seeks his revenge—by targeting a woman the Lone Wolf has never met, but who holds the keys to his heart.

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Michael Lanyard, alias the Lone Wolf, was a popular character in early Hollywood, featuring in 24 films between the years of 1917 and 1948. In most of the silent films, Bert Lytell played the gentleman thief, and the majority of the talkies starred Warren William. In 1954, a television series was created based on Vance's character. In later years - 1998 and 2003 - two films placed Emil Martirossian in the lead role. 

A complete list of films featuring The Lone Wolf can be found on IMDb, and many episodes of the television series are streamable on YouTube.