His productions in this area would be numerous, despite being restricted by a significant career as a novelist and essay writer obsessed with the popular literature of the past. Alternating between novels (from Fabrique, Le Seuil, 1977, to his series of investigations by the duo of literary agents Monette Odot and Charles Purley at the Bookshop of the Champs-Elysées, his recent trilogy Blasphème with the same editor or his detective series for young people centred on Jonathan Cap for Nathan) and biographies (Agatha Christie for Le Seuil in 1981, J. M. Barrie, Enid Blyton, Frédéric Dard, etc), François Rivière had a sporadic career as an amateur scriptwriter whose works usually stood out for their literary quality.
His most popular series is definitely the adventures of Victor Sackville (Lombard, since 1986), written in collaboration with Gabrielle Borile for the artist Francis Carin.
With José-Louis Bocquet, he wrote three investigations by the Hollywood Private Eye for Philippe Berthet, published together as a complete work (Dupuis, 1999), reviving the great years of the Mecca of cinema in the run-up to the Second World War. He also wrote Le 38° parallèle with José-Louis Bocquet for Jean-François Biard (Albin Michel, 1988) and single-handedly wrote the scripts for Révélations posthumes for Andréas (Bédérama, 1980, re-edited by Delcourt in 1991).
In the field of adaptations he did the series “BDétectives” by Éditions Lefrancq, then turned to L’Abbé Brown, by Chesterton, illustrated by Yves Urbain (1991), and worked on the characters of Agatha Christie, translated into pictures by Jean-François Miniac and Frank Leclercq.
It was with Floc’h that he saw his most personal themes being modelled in clear lines: Blitz (1983), Underground (1996) and the illustrations of Meurtre en miniature (1994). An amazing, old-fashioned, Anglophile atmosphere, enriched with many references.
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