Nestor Burma

Nestor Burma is a trumped by the French writer Léo Malet private investigator living in the Rue de Mogador, Paris.

Fictional Biography

The novel hero Nestor Burma came in 1927 from Montpellier in the capital and inverted first in anarchist circles. Later he opened the detective Fiat Lux, at the time of the novels has three employees: the in Nestor Burma hopelessly enamored secretary Hélène Chatelain and two sales representatives, Roger Zavatter and Louis Reboul.

Nestor Burma is how many novel detectives, in constant competition with the police, especially to Commissioner Florimond Faroux. The reputation of Nestor Burma to the police, however, is good and occasionally he also performs covert orders for the state through. If in doubt, Nestor Burma, however, acts alone and he solves his cases mainly by intuition and his contacts, which extend over the whole of Paris. He stands in the tradition of American detectives like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, but has a lot more humor and its image, tailored suits and eccentric pipe, has made ​​a personal touch.

The first novels emerged in the early 1940s - still location-independent - against the backdrop of the war and the German occupation. It was not until 1954-1959, the most famous series of novels created the new Mysteries of Paris with the idea to play each episode in a different arrondissement. The most recently published by the rororo -Verlag paperbacks contain a so-called " follow-up ". The data written by Peter Stephan detailed annexes guide the reader through the treated in the novel arrondissement. However, 30 years later - in modern Paris of today.

Novels of Nestor Burma - series

New Mysteries of Paris (Les Nouveaux Mystères de Paris)


Adaptations as Graphic Novel

  • Brouillard au pont de Tolbiac ( Casterman, 1982); German: "The Bridge in the Mist" ( Carlsen, 1984), illustrated by Jacques Tardi
  • 120, rue de la Gare ( Casterman, 1988); German: " 120, rue de la Gare " ( Ed. Modern, 1988), illustrated by Jacques Tardi. A mixed form (complete German text, each double page two identical Tardi images, a total of 63 different adapted from the comic as well as a portrait of Malets Debbîche of 1946) was launched in 1996 at the Elster -Verlag, ISBN 3891512333
  • Une gueule de bois en plomb ( Casterman, 1990); German: "Lead in the bones " ( Ed. Modern, 1989), illustrated by Jacques Tardi
  • Casse -pipe à la Nation ( Casterman, 1996); German: " No ticket for death" ( Ed. Modern, 1997), illustrated by Jacques Tardi
  • M'as -tu vu en cadavre? ( Casterman, 2000); German: "How is me death " ( Ed. Modern, 2000), illustrated by Jacques Tardi, ISBN 978-3-907055-52-6
  • La nuit de Saint- Germain -des- Prés ( Casterman, 2010); dt The Long Night of Saint Germain des Prés ( Schreiber & Readers, 2010), illustrated by Emmanuel Moynot, ISBN 978-3-941239-39-5
  • Le soleil derrière le Louvre NAIT ( Casterman, 2010); dt images do not bleed ( Schreiber & readers, 2010), illustrated by Emmanuel Moynot, ISBN 978-3-941239-54-8
  • L' envahissant cadavre de la plaine Monceau ( Casterman, 2009); dt Who is even at the cemetery ... ( Schreiber & Readers, 2012), illustrated by Emmanuel Moynot, ISBN 978-3-941239-80-7
  • Boulevard ... ossements ( Casterman, 2013); dt stress to Suspenders ( Schreiber & readers, 2014), illustrated by Nicolas Barral, ISBN 978-3-943808-36-0


  • Several thrillers are available as audio books for the visually impaired in the series " Daisy" or awarded by relevant special libraries.