Maigret's old colleague becomes an unexpected rival in book twenty-four of the new Penguin Maigret series.
In everyone's eyes, even the old ladies hiding behind their quivering curtains, even the kids just now who had turned to stare after they had passed him, he was the intruder, the undesirable. No, worse, he was fundamentally untrustworthy, some stranger who had just turned up from who knew where to do who knew what.
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret's Rival.
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian
'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm
"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." - The Guardian
"I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov." - William Faulkner
"The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature." - Andr Gide
"A supreme writer...unforgettable vividness." - The Independent
"Superb... The most addictive of writers... A unique teller of tales." - The Observer
"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant." - John Gray
"A truly wonderful writer... marvelously readable - lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the works he creates." - Muriel Spark
"A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it." - Peter Ackroyd
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century." - John Banville