Émile Gaboriau


Born
in Saujon, France
November 09, 1832

Died
September 28, 1873

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Gaboriau was born in the small town of Saujon, Charente-Maritime. He became a secretary to Paul Féval, and after publishing some novels and miscellaneous writings, found his real gift in L'Affaire Lerouge (1866).

The book, which was Gaboriau's first detective novel, introduced an amateur detective. It also introduced a young police officer named Monsieur Lecoq, who was the hero in three of Gaboriau's later detective novels. The character of Lecoq was based on a real-life thief turned police officer, Eugène François Vidocq (1775–1857), whose own memoirs, Les Vrais Mémoires de Vidocq, mixed fiction and fact. It may also have been influenced by the villainous Monsieur Lecoq, one of the main protagonists of Féval's Les Habits Noirs book series.

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Monsieur Lecoq

3.79 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1869 — 92 editions
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The Lerouge Case

3.71 avg rating — 226 ratings — published 1863 — 125 editions
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File No. 113

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3.59 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1867 — 82 editions
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Mystery of Orcival

3.93 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1866 — 70 editions
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Le petit vieux des Batignolles

3.44 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1876 — 16 editions
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The Honor of the Name

3.66 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1869 — 61 editions
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Caught in the Net

3.79 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1868 — 68 editions
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The Count's Millions

3.94 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1870 — 51 editions
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The Clique of Gold

4.13 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1871 — 58 editions
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The Champdoce Mystery

3.68 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1868 — 40 editions
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“A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us.”
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“Alas! we must suffer ourselves before we can feel for others.”
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“Vengeance is a delicious fruit, which must be allowed to ripen in order that it may be fully enjoyed.”
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