Émile Gaboriau

Émile Gaboriau (1832-1873) was French writer and journalist best known as the creator of the Monsieur Lecoq series of detective novels, including The Widow Lerouge(1866) and Monsieur Lecoq (1869). Inspired by the real-life historical figure of Eugène François Vidocq, a former criminal who founded and served as the first director of the Sûretè, France's national police force, Lecoq was a major influence on the character of Sherlock Holmes.

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