French writers (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Georgette Heyer not Meyer)

From: William Denton (
Date: 15 Oct 2004

On 15 October 2004, wrote:

: I'm a global gal: I lived in France for about 13 years in another life.
: Does anyone out there know of other French mystery/crime writers in
: addition to Simenon? It doesn't matter if they are translated.

Leo Malet and Jean-Patrick Manchette are two favourite French writers on the list. Manchette has two books in translation from City Lights, but both shouldn't be too hard to find if you can get French language (perhaps out of print?) books. I've read some of Malet's Nestor Burma novels (in translation) and they were very good. Burma is more a cynical hardboiled private detective, and Manchette's stuff are very lean, tight, noir crime novels. Interestingly, Malet was a surrealist and Manchette a Situationist.

Georgette Heyer is not germane to the list. She's a fine writer, but neither hardboiled nor noir.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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