Émile Gaboriau

France (1833 - 1873)

Émile Gaboriau is an important figure in the history of detective fiction. A French journalist and novelist, he created the "roman policier" with a series of books involving private detective Monsieur Lecoq, who works logically. Lecoq was based on a real-life thief turned policeman named Francois Vidocq (1775-1857), whose memoirs mixed fiction and fact. Gaboriau's huge following was eclipsed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Interestingly, Holmes may have been at least partly based on another of Gaboriau's characters, consulting detective Father Tabaret, whose methods Monsieur Lecoq adopts in the first Lecoq book.

Genres: Mystery
Monsieur Lecoq
   2. The Mystery of Orcival (1868)
     aka Crime at Orcival
   5. Monsieur Lecoq (1868)
   The Honor of the Name (1900)
Slaves of Paris
   1. Caught In The Net (1891)
   2. The Champdoce Mystery (1891)
     aka The Slaves of Paris
   The Widow Lerouge (1866)
     aka Lerouge Case
   File No. 113 (1867)
     aka The Blackmailers
   Catastrophe (1872)
     aka The Downward Path
   The Clique of Gold (1873)
     aka The Gilded Clique
   Within an Inch of His Life (1873)
     aka Rope Around His Neck
   Other People's Money (1874)
     aka A Great Robbery
   The Little Old Man of Batignolles (1876)
     aka A Thousand Franc's Reward
   The Intrigues of a Poisoner (1881)
     aka The Marquise de Brinvilliers
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