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Valmont, Eugene. Eugene Valmont was created by Robert Barr (Lord Stranleigh) and appeared in eight stories in The Saturday Evening Post, Windsor Magazine and Pearson's Magazine (U.S.) from 1904 to 1906, beginning with “The Clue of the Silver Spoons” (The Saturday Evening Post, Aug. 27 1904); the stories were collected in The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906).
Eugene Valmont is a vain, arrogant, urbane French investigator. At one time he was the Chief Detective to the Government of France but was forced to retire in disgrace, despite the blame for his failure lying elsewhere. He becomes a private detective and has a variety of adventures, taking on jewel thieves, terrorist anarchists, kleptomaniac English noblemen, a mysterious will, and con men, among others. He is not overly successful and shows a confidence in his own abilities which is not borne out by events. He is distrustful of the Americans and the English and is thought to have been a model for Hercule Poirot.
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