The fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series: Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, in Linda Asher's timeless translation.
There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.
In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows...
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as A Face for a Clue.
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century' Guardian
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 112 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 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
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