Monsieur Lecoq

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Monsieur Lecoq is a fictional French detective created by Émile Gaboriau, a 19th-century French writer and journalist

In Conan Doyle stories

  • [SH] A Study in Scarlet (1887) : Sherlock Holmes mentioned Gaboriau : « Have you read Gaboriau's works? Does Lecoq come up to your idea of a detective? Lecoq was a miserable bungler, he had only one thing to recommend him, and that was his energy. That book made me positively ill. The question was how to identify an unknown prisoner. I could have done it in twenty-four hours. Lecoq took six months or so. It might be made a text-book for detectives to teach them what to avoid. (368)