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Roldán, Máximo. Máximo Roldán was created by the Mexican author Antonio Helú (Mexican Man) and appeared in a number of stories from 1926 to 1947; seven of them were collected in La Obligación de Asesinar (1947).
Máximo Roldán is a Lupin. Roldán, whose name is an anagram for "ládron," or "thief,” is an anti-hero who is both crime-solver and thief. He is tall, thin, intelligent, and nervous, being more than a little high strung. He operates in a corrupt and violent Mexico City which is filled with unsavory policemen and evil businessmen. Roldán is gifted with la verborrea, the gift of gab, and he uses it to solve crimes and to enrich himself--his "cases" usually end with him deceiving either the criminal, the victim, or the policemen involved and retaining a portion of the money or loot for himself. Roldán is boastful about his own virtue, but sees no contradiction in his own activities. He is Watsoned by Carlos Miranda.
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