Jean-Benard Desjardins is one of the critics analyzing Straka's works. He had a close friendship with Eric and helped him obtain certain files and items from Straka and the people related to him. He was married to Signe Rabe on December 1, 1952, when she was 22. She later died after a long suffered illness in 1956. He later fell to his death in a manner similar to Straka. Eric attends his funeral in Paris, France. Though he fell from a balcony at the Hotel Des Deux Martres, it is unsure if it was the from same room as Ekstrom (page 110).
Desjardins tended to believe that Ekstrom either was Straka or was very close with him (page 86).
Desjardins was once Professor Moody's thesis advisor. However, they were then estranged because something went amiss between them 1).
“There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear.”– Buffalo Springfield.
Desjardins reveals to Eric that one of his books disappeared. It was a story called L'Esse. Jen believes that L'Esse may have been one of Sobreiro's tales (150).