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'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray
'The palm trees around the railway station were motionless, fixed in a Saharan sun . . . It really felt as if they were stepping into another world, and they were embarrassed to be entering it in the dark clothes that had been suited to the rainy streets of Paris the evening before.'
An officer from Scotland Yard is studying Maigret's methods when a call from an island off the Cote d'Azure sends the two men off to an isolated community to investigate its eccentric inhabitants.
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations.
'His artistry is supreme' John Banville
'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 145 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." -The Guardian
"These Maigret books are as timeless as Paris itself." -The Washington Post
"Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals." -People
"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." -Andre Gide
"A supreme writer . . . Unforgettable vividness." -The Independent (London)
"Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales." -The Observer (London)
"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant." -John Gray
"A truly wonderful writer . . . Marvelously readable-lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates." -Muriel Spark
"A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it."lle -Peter Ackroyd
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century." -John Banville
"Gem-hard soul-probes . . . not just the world's bestselling detective series, but an imperishable literary legend . . . he exposes secrets and crimes not by forensic wizardry, but by the melded powers of therapist, philosopher and confessor" Times (London)
"Strangely comforting . . . so many lovely bistros from the Paris of mid-20th C. The corpses are incidental, it's the food that counts." Margaret Atwood
"One of the greatest writers of the 20th century . . . no other writer can set up a scene as sharply and with such economy as Simenon does . . . the conjuring of a world, a place, a time, a set of characters - above all, an atmosphere." Financial Times
"Gripping . . . richly rewarding . . . You'll quickly find yourself obsessing about his life as you tackle each mystery in turn."-- Stig Abell The Sunday Times (London)
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