Lyon, city of crime

Lyon has witnessed the birth of the LUMIÈRE brothers, criminal anthropology with Alexandre LACASSAGNE and forensic science with Edmond LOCARD. Not to mention some great names of crime literature, cinema or illustration with Frédéric DARD, Jacques DERAY, Bertrand TAVERNIER or Jacques TARDI. As Renaissance European capital of printing, book and humanism, Lyon is also a city which lived memorable popular revolts and political utopias.

Over a long period Lyon has been synonymous with foggy rivers, the mysteries of esotericism and of its two-thousand year history, and of the dark vision conveyed by its leading writers such as Jean REVERZY or Louis CALAFERTE. It is now a metropolitan area on the move and a stronghold for European culture and art de vivre.

Between the Saône and Rhône rivers, the fictional world of crime fiction is still present, a product of a constantly evolving urban, social and cultural environment. This is why, along with the greatest authors of the genre, we wanted the public to discover or re-discover crime fiction as a whole through a program providing a different perspective on the city.