Author picture


Author of Vertigo

90 Works 1,363 Members 26 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

Boileau-Narcejac is the name by which Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud, aka Thomas Narcejac wrote. Each having also written books under their own names, neither Boileau nor Ayraud should be combined with the other, or with Boileau-Narcejac.

Works by Boileau-Narcejac

Vertigo (1954) 353 copies, 13 reviews
She Who Was No More (1952) 219 copies, 5 reviews
Choice Cuts (1965) 61 copies, 1 review
Eyes without a Face [1960 film] (1960) — Screenplay — 58 copies
The Prisoner (1955) 49 copies
Les magiciennes (1957) 27 copies, 1 review
Le secret d'Eunerville (1973) 27 copies
Spells of Evil (1961) 27 copies
Sans Atout contre l'homme à la dague (1949) 26 copies, 1 review
La villa d'en face (1985) — Author — 26 copies
Carte Vermeil (1979) 25 copies
Faces in the Dark (1952) — Auteur, some editions — 25 copies
Les Pistolets de Sans Atout (1973) 21 copies, 1 review
The Tube (1959) 21 copies, 1 review
The Victims (1964) 19 copies
La justice d'Arsene Lupin (1977) 19 copies
Les Veufs (1970) 18 copies
Terminus (1980) 17 copies
Heart to Heart (1959) 17 copies
Maldonne (1962) 15 copies
Manigances (1971) 14 copies
L'âge bête (1978) 13 copies
Opération primevère (1973) 12 copies
Les intouchables (1980) 12 copies
Le contrat (1988) 12 copies
Le Second visage d'Arsène Lupin (1975) 10 copies, 1 review
Le bonsaï (1990) 9 copies
La lèpre (1976) 8 copies
Champ clos (1988) 8 copies
Dans la gueule du loup (1989) 7 copies
La vie en miettes (1981) 7 copies
Les eaux dormantes (1983) 7 copies
Les nocturnes (1992) 7 copies
J'ai été un fantôme (1989) 6 copies
Sleeping Beauty (2006) 6 copies
La Poudrière (1974) 6 copies
Schuss (1986) 5 copies
Le soleil dans la main (1990) 4 copies
The Evil Eye 4 copies
Frère Judas (1974) 3 copies
La Porte du Large (1969) 3 copies
L'ombre et la proie (1988) 3 copies
La dernière cascade (1985) 3 copies
Box Office (1981) 3 copies
Mr Hyde (1998) 3 copies
La Main passe (1991) 3 copies
Spravedlnost Arsèna Lupina 2 copies, 2 reviews
MAMIE (1983) 2 copies
Les victimes 1 copy
Lijk 1 copy
LA QUE NO EXISTÍA (1980) 1 copy
As Lobas 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Other names
Boileau, Pierre
Narcejac, Thomas
Date of death
Disambiguation notice
Boileau-Narcejac is the name by which Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud, aka Thomas Narcejac wrote. Each having also written books under their own names, neither Boileau nor Ayraud should be combined with the other, or with Boileau-Narcejac.



Paul asks Roger's help to keep his wife, Madeleine, safe as there is something odd about her. Roger becomes obsessed with her as he follows her then rescues her when she attempts suicide. With Paul's blessing, Roger and Madeleine spend their days together. One day they go to a small town and go into the church where Madeleine goes into the steeple. Will Roger be able to catch her before she reaches the top?

I know I saw the movie years ago, but I don't remember much about it. The book was intense. I liked Roger but Madeleine was odd as her husband said. Roger's obsession gets worse in the second part of the book. I didn't know the reason for it all but that is revealed by the end. I figured it would end in one of two ways. I was right.

I find I like French novels. I look forward to reading more of them.
… (more)
Sheila1957 | 12 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
Yes, this is the book of the famous Hitchcock masterpiece. This is not a masterpiece but is nonetheless a superior psychological crime thriller. Although the basic plot idea is the same as the film there are many significant differences. The setting is Paris and the south of France rather than San Francisco. The book covers a longer time period and is set before and after WW2. The ending is different. The story focusses much more on the thoughts of the main character. A lot of alcohol is drunk! It's hard to say more without introducing spoilers.

Even if you've seen the film this book is worth reading for its own intrinsic value. However, it's fair to say the changes Hitchcock made, made for a better film. He certainly did not spoil this book!
… (more)
Joe_Gargery | 12 other reviews | Sep 29, 2022 |
This year I promised myself a read through of the entire Pushkin Vertigo series, starting out with SHE WHO WAS NO MORE by Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud (aka Thomas Narcejac), originally published in 1952. Collaborating as they did on mainly police stories I found the idea that Boilea was responsible for the plot and Narcejac the atmosphere and characters particularly intriguing. Both of which aspects really delivered in this novel - the story of an unfaithful husband, his ambitious doctor lover Lucienne, and his passive, stay at home wife Mireille. Lucience and Fernard Ravinel conspire to, and ultimately drown Mireille in the bath, transporting her body a long distance back to the Ravinel home by car to leave it to be discovered in a way that would indicate accidental death.

Only the body, carefully laid out by Ravinel, disappears before any such discovery can be made, and sightings of his dead wife (his lover is a doctor after all - surely she can recognise death when she sees it) start to reveal themselves, leaving Ravinel unraveling - his plot and his sanity.

Atmospheric, restrained and deeply dark noir, SHE WHO WAS NO MORE was utterly compelling reading. Carefully plotted there's little that can be said about that aspect without giving away a lot (and to be honest, astute readers may pick up on a series of clues along the way), but more's to the point with this book, it's the unraveling of Ravinel that's the most fascinating aspect. That and the wonderful combination of dark, rundown, almost seedy locations, the contrasts between foggy landscapes and thinking, and the almost visual aspects of the characterisations. You can clearly see expressions, thoughts and confusion on faces. You can feel the rooms they move through, the places they are in, the air that they are breathing. It's utterly mesmerising and you can see why there are multiple movies made of this story, and why the earlier of those (The Devils) is said to have inspired Psycho.

Another one of those reading quests that I wish I could devote more time to - the second book on my pile from the same series is I WAS JACK MORTIMER by Alexander Lernet-Holenia. It's only going to need to be half as good to make me very pleased with this decision and desperate to find the time to read more from their fabulous set of books.
… (more)
austcrimefiction | 4 other reviews | Nov 4, 2021 |
Wow! Nicely done. Especially if you haven't seen the movie.
OutOfTheBestBooks | 12 other reviews | Sep 24, 2021 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors


½ 3.5

Charts & Graphs