Frédéric Charles Antoine Dard was born on 29th of June 1921 in Bourgoin-Jallieu, in the French region of Isère, to parents Francisque, father and mother Josephine Anna Cadet, both employed in their very own central heating company. He was born as a cripple in one hand.
Because his parents were very busy with working in the family company and didn't have time for their son Frédéric, so he had to stay at his grandmother's house.
While staying in at his grandmother's house, Dard was encouraged by his grandmother to fill his free time by reading with her, and it seems that his grandmother gave him the love for all things written, which eventually even Frederic admitted to be true.
One of the most tragic events from Dard's childhood was when he witnessed his family treasures being seized when his father's heating company went bankrupt. After this tragic event, he and his family were forced to move out from Bourgoin-Jallieu and move to Lyon in the search for a better future. Frederic's family planned him to work as a clerk when they settle in Lyon.
But, instead of a life being a clerk, his uncle, a worker in a garage, managed to employ him in Lyon's local magazine - Le Mois de Lyon, where he, as a young and promising journalist discovered a whole new world of brothels, pimps and other criminals and criminal acts, and it seems that his career as a journalist writing about Lyon's underground scene and about „les flicks“, a.k.a the police influenced him in the direction of writing hard-boiled detective and criminalistic novels.
Frédéric Dard wrote in the style of classical spy stories at the beginning of the 50's. His writing style is mainly influenced by another French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Throughout his novels, there is the notable use of French slang and colloquialisms. One very interesting fact is that he coined many new words and for that purpose, there was a need for specific San-Antonio dictionary to be made. In every French household, you can at least find one book of adventures of San-Antonio. He created the French version of James Bond named Antoine San-Antonio.