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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Boileau-Narcejac is the name by which Pierre Boileau (Paris, april 28 1906 - Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 1989) and Pierre Ayraud, aka Thomas Narcejac (Rochefort-sur-Mer, July 3 1908 - Nice, 1998) wrote. They were French writers of police stories, some of which became films by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Alfred Hitchcock.

Individually they were each winners of the prestigious Prix du Roman d'Aventures awarded each year to the best example of detective fiction, French or foreign: Boileau for Le Repos de Bacchus in 1938 and Narcejac for La Mort est du Voyage in 1948, each a locked-room mystery. They met on the occasion of the award dinner for Narcejac in 1948, to which Boileau - as a prior winner - had been invited. Their collaboration began shortly thereafter, with Boileau providing the plots and Narcejac the atmosphere and characterisations, not unlike Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee (Ellery Queen).

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The last three books were the work of Narcejac working alone.

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