Claquesous is one of four heads of a crime organization called Patron-Minette.
Claquesous only addressed his accomplices in the most absolute darkness, and with his back turned to them. If a candle was brought, he put on a mask. He was a ventriloquist. No one was sure whether he had a name, Claquesous being a sobriquet; none was sure that he had a voice, as his stomach spoke more frequently than his voice; no one was sure that he had a face, as he was never seen without his mask. He disappeared as though he had vanished into thin air; when he appeared, it was as though he sprang from the earth.