Created by Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995)
EUGÈNE TARPON is a real, honest-to-goodness, hard-boiled Parisian private eye, or so I've been told, who's been popular enough to appear in at least two novels and a couple of films.
Jean-Patrick Manchette was one of the most important of the French hard-boiled crime writers. He wrote for television, film and bande dessinées. But his biggest influence has been in literature. He's considered the founder of the Neo-Polar movement which brought a new, politically-tinged focus to hardboiled crime fiction in the late sixties. According to Renaud Bombard, of Presses de la Cite, "He restarted the French crime novel with books that were highly inspired by the great American noir writers. He showed that we could use the French sociohistorical reality to write very dynamic and shocking crime novels."
He's also created, along with Jacques Tardi, bande dessinée private eye Griffu.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with a big merci to Marcel Bernadac for the lead.
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