Nestor Burma

Created by Léo Malet (1909-96) Mesdames et messieurs, ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce to you France's answer to Chandler's Marlowe, the one and only, NESTOR BURMA--detective de choc! Malet was heavily influenced by Chandler, Hammett, et al, and Burma's first appearance, in 120, rue de la gare (1943), ushered in a whole new era in French … Continue reading Nestor Burma

Griffu

Created by Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) and Jacques Tardi (1946--) GRIFFU is the battered and betrayed legal adviser/punching bag hero of a real rock 'em, sock 'em hard-boiled detective story initially serialized in BD in 1977, and eventually published as a very stylish  graphic novel. I'm put in mind of Paul Simon's "The Boxer". Like the … Continue reading Griffu

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