Author(s): Georges Simenon; David Coward (Translator)
"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
After receiving a series of mysterious calls from a man who later turns up dead, Inspector Maigret must plunge into the murky Parisian underworld to solve the case
A man calls Maigret from a cafe and asks for police protection, saying he's being followed by men trying to kill him. The next day, the man's body is identified in the street. To catch the killer, Maigret must piece together the details of his dead man's life, leading police into the crowded, fetid underground world of the Paris slums in the process.
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"
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. David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds and has translated many books from French for Penguin Classics.