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Born in 1921, Frédéric Dard published his first book in 1940. It was nine years later, at the time when the black novel was flourishing in France, that Kill Him! was published, the first in a series of 175 titles featuring Commissioner San-Antonio, a pseudonymous character who would enter the Pantheon of Popular Heroes of French Literature. From the outset, Frédéric Dard imposed a unique work, destined to become ever more tasty and original, a work in which the work on language, in particular, holds a primordial place. Alongside the San-Antonio, Frédéric Dard published, under his own name or under other pseudonyms, a large number of novels of different genres. In all, nearly 300 books make him one of the most prolific writers of the second half of the twentieth century, and his work—which is complemented by collaborations in theatre, television and cinema—is one of the heritages of French literature. Frédéric Dard died on June 6, 2000, at the age of 78.