Johnny Métal

Created by Frank Harding (Léo Malet)

Before he struck gold with Nestor Burma, France's Léo Malett wrote several books featuring reporter JOHNNY MÉTAL (note it's an anagram of of Malet) who acted very much like an American-style hard-boiled private eye. Even the pseudonym he used, Frank Harding, sounds sorta American.


  • Johnny Métal (1941)
  • A bord du Vaisseau fantôme (1943?)
  • Aux mains des réducteurs de têtes (1945)
  • Miss Chandler en danger (1946)
  • Le dé de jade (1947)
  • Affaire double (1948)
  • Le gang mystérieux (1952)
  • Trois enquêtes de Frank Harding (1953?)
  • Excellent pour les nerfs (1983)


Jean-Marc Lofficier's English language site dedicated to Burma has everything you ever wanted to know about the détective de choc.

Our preliminary list of French eyes.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Marcel Bernadac and David Nobriga for help with this one!

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