From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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).
- Celle qui n'était plus (1952), adapted in 1955 by Clouzot, as Les Diaboliques
- D'entre les morts (1954), adapted in 1958 by Hitchcock, as Vertigo
- Les louves (1956)
- Les Magiciennes (1957)
- L'Ingenieur Aimait Trop les Chiffres (1958)
- ... Et mon tout est un homme (1965)
- Carte vermeil (1978)
- Les intouchables (1980)
- Le soleil dans la main (1990)
- La main passe (1991)
- Les nocturnes (1992)
The last three books were the work of Narcejac working alone.