Gustave Macé

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Gustave -Placide Macé (* 1835 in Paris ; † 1904 there ) was a French police chief. He was the head of the Paris Criminal Police ( Sûreté National ) and caused a stir with the publication of his memoirs, which were a mixture of personal experiences, life stories and (often anonymous) letters. His books formed one of the foundations of modern forensics and a source of inspiration for the Maigret novel series by Georges Simenon .


  • La police parisienne. Crimes impunis. Paris, E. Fasquelle, 1897.
  • La police parisienne. Gibier de Saint-Lazare. Paris, G. Charpentier, 1888.
  • La police parisienne. Les femmes criminelles. Paris, E. Fasquelle, 1904.
  • La police parisienne. Mes lundis en prison. Paris, G. Charpentier, 1888.
  • La police parisienne. Mon musée criminel. Paris, G. Charpentier, 1890.
  • La police parisienne. Mon premier crime. Paris, G. Charpentier, 1885.
  • La police parisienne. Un joli monde. Paris, G. Charpentier, 1887.
  • Le service de sûreté par son ancien chef. Paris, Charpentier, 1885.


  • Clive Emsley: Police Detectives in History, 1750-1950 , Routledge 2006, ISBN 0-7546-3948-7 , p. 74

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