Gerard Griffu

Created by Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) and Jacques Tardi (1946--) GERARD GRIFFU is the disheveled, battered and betrayed legal adviser/punching bag hero of a real rock 'em, sock 'em hard-boiled detective story initially serialized in 27 installments between October 1977 and April 1978 in BD (issues #1-27), and eventually published as a very stylish  graphic novel in … Continue reading Gerard Griffu

Philippe Roche, Maxime Roche & Nora Abadie (Détectives)

Created by Marc Eisenchteter and Stéphane Kazandjian Here's some more private eye action... comme vous l'aimez. For years I've been waiting for a good P.I. procedural to come along on television. Something like Ed McBain's 87th Precinct, but with private eyes, following the inner workings and investigations of a working detective agency. I always thought … Continue reading Philippe Roche, Maxime Roche & Nora Abadie (Détectives)

René Griffon

Created by Didier Daeninckx (1949--) RENÉ GRIFFON is a French veteran of the trenches of The great War turned private investigator who makes his one and only appearance in the wrenching Le der des ders (translates as "the war to end all wars."), a 1984 French novel which offered a hard and unflinching look at France's role … Continue reading René Griffon

Claude Alphand

Created by Claude Ollier and Hugo Santiago In Écoute voir..., a 1979 French film, world class beauty Catherine Deneuve plays CLAUDE ALPHAND, a private eye who dresses like a man, favoring a fedora and trenchcoat (this is a clue). She's summoned to the castle of a young nobleman and scholar Arnaud de Maule  to investigate an attempted … Continue reading Claude Alphand

Lew Millar

Created by Ross Macdonald What does it take for Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer to hit the big screen under his own name? In the first two feature films, Harper and The Drowning Pool, Paul Newman was called Lew Harper, and in Robert Benton's Twilight, which strived to out-Macdonald Macdonald, the private eye (once more played … Continue reading Lew Millar