Malet, Léo

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Malet, Léo Gender: M
Léon Jean Refreger
born on 7 March 1909 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Montpellier, France, 43n36, 3e53
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°02' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 17°21 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 04°26'


French writer, one of the most influential detective writers in France and the creator of the character, Nestor Burma, featured in 29 books and several short stories spanning almost 50 years.

Malet was the son of a company clerk and seamstress who died of tuberculosis when he was only four; he was brought up by his grandfather.

Although heavily influenced by Chandler and Hammett, Burma's character ushered in a whole new era in French detective fiction: portrayed as living a precarious existence in a time and a place that few have dared to touch, namely France during World War II. The popularity and influence of his character, Burma, have gone far beyond the original novels. There have been films, a television series, and in the '90s, cartoonist Jacques Tardi had begun adapting the novels into some very well done graphic novels.

Malet married on 16 April 1940. He died on 3 March 1996, Châtillon les Bagneux, France.

After his death, Tardi adapted the character Burma into some original Burma stories.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death, Cause unspecified 3 March 1996 (Age 87 (-four days))
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'romans noirs (religion3)' pdf file, p. 65.

Same data from Petitallot who quotes B.C., Cadran No. 30, May/1996 (6:00 AM Paris time)


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age four when mom died)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by granddad)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87 (- four days))
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery (WW ll detective stories, noted writer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels)