Maigret becomes increasingly frustrated as his attempts to prove that a brutal, repulsive murder has been committed at a local bookbinder prove fruitless, in a mystery that revolves around a series of seemingly unconnected incidents and characters, set amongst the backdrop of the Marais district in Paris, in which Madame Maigret holds the vital clue. Original.
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray When he got to his door, he was surprised not to hear any noise in the kitchen and not to smell any food. He went in, crossed the dining room, where the table had not been laid, and at last saw Madame Maigret, in her slip, busy taking off her stockings. This was so unlike her that he could find nothing to say, and when she saw him standing there wide-eyed, she burst out laughing. Inspector Maigret's wife turns sleuth after a strange encounter in a Paris square leads her on the trail of a woman in a white hat, and towards a grisly tale of deception and greed. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. 'His artistry is supreme' John Banville 'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent
When a long lost friend pays a visit to Maigret's office, he is shocked to learn that the man's roommate has been murdered. With the help of his old friend, Maigret delves into the life of the victim and finds a complex web of relationships that leads him to the culprit. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret's Boyhood Friend. 'His artistry is supreme' John Banville '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 reference book for librarians and users of public libraries which provides easy access to information on good recreational reading. This revised edition features expanded coverage of mystery and science fiction. New indexes allow access by subject, genre and main characters.
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. This concise guide to one of the most prolific crime writers of the 20th century will appeal to his established fan base, new readers, serious academics, and film buffs alike. Author of almost 400 novels, including the acclaimed Commissaire Maigret series, 55 of his books have been turned into films and 279 have been adapted for TV. Having garnered praise from such diverse critics as Cocteau, T.S. Eliot, Henry Miller, Fellini, and Renoir, this is a great guide to Simenon's prodigious output.