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Gilles, Commissaire. Commissaire Gilles was created by “Jacques Decrest,” the pseudonym of the French author Jacques-Napoleon Faure-Biguet, and appeared in twenty-two novels from 1933 to 1955, beginning with Hasard.

Commissaire Gilles is a French police commissioner, working out of the Quai-des-Orfrèvres. Gilles is sleek, erudite, sensitive, and elegant. Gilles has refined tastes (he smokes Boyards and drinks Red Label whiskey), a penetrating intellect, and a marked sensitivity to the “human element” of criminality. He is sometimes helped by his lovely and bright wife François.

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