The False Faces by Louis Joseph Vance

The False Faces by Louis Joseph Vance

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The second installment in the thrilling adventures of the Lone Wolf

A muddy figure inches his way across no man’s land, the only living thing in a hellscape of death and misery. Artillery lights up the night sky and he pauses—as stiff and motionless as the corpses that block his path. Darkness returns, and he sprints to safety, tumbling down a ladder into the British trenches. He is no ordinary soldier returned from a nighttime mission. He is the Lone Wolf, master jewel thief, and he has been hunting his prey for years.

When last we saw Michael Lanyard, he had turned his back on crime and was ready to start life anew, the beautiful Lucy Shannon at his side. But the reputation of a world-class thief always precedes him, and Lanyard’s young family has been denied a home in America, England, and France. In Belgium, they thought they had found peace—until the invading German army brought a ruthless villain to their door.

Alone again, Lanyard dedicates himself to vengeance, tracking his archnemesis across every battlefield in Europe. Herr Ekstrom is bound for New York, and the Lone Wolf will brave torpedoes, secret agents, and impressionable young women to exact his righteous revenge.

This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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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.