'Just take a look,' Duclos said in an undertone, pointing to the scene all round them, the picture-book town, with everything in its place, like ornaments on the mantlepiece of a careful housewife. 'Everyone here earns his living. Everyone's more or less content. And above all, everyone keeps his instincts under control, because that's the rule here, and a necessity if people want to live in society.'
Outsiders are viewed with suspicion in the small Dutch town of Delfzijl. Maigret, unable to speak the language and a stranger to their strict, church-going way of life, must unearth the sins at the heart of this seemingly respectable community.
About the Author
Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. Sian Reynolds has translated many books from French, including the Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery series by Fred Vargas.
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' Andre 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... marvellously readable - lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates' Muriel Spark 'A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it' Peter Ackroyd 'Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century' John Banville"
Series: Inspector Maigret
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 25th June 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 7