'This was natural. It is the same everywhere. Rarely, however, had Maigret had such a strong sense of a clique. In a small town like this, of course there are the worthies, who are few and who inevitably meet each other several times a day, even if it is only in the street. Then there are the others, like those who stood huddled on the sidelines looking disgruntled.' In book forty-two Maigret's impromptu visit to an old college friend draws him into a murky investigation in a small provincial town ruled by sbbery, fear and intimidation. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret vels in new translations. 'His artistry is supreme' John Banville 'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century ...Simen was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian
Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.