Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, part of the new Maigret series.
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 slightest 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...
Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, 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.
Linda Asher is a former fiction editor of the New Yorker and the award winning translator of many works from French including those of Milan Kundera.
“Compelling, remorseless, brilliant” (John Gray)
“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 supreme writer ... unforgettable vividness” (Independent)
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Not a black dog, but a yellow one as a bad omen
In time, yes, when the details have escaped my memory.
Maigret caring for the dog
Different voices for different people - narrates with "precision". Puts emphasis on words exactly where that is needed. Not hurried. Maybe it is just me, but his voice for Maigret reminds me of the voice of the TV Maigret, portrayed by Michael Gambon.
Has to be helping the injured dog.
Another dark and brooding mystery by an author who is an absolute master of painting a picture of the human psyche with few words. Things are also never that black and white in Maigret books - the criminal is never necessarily 100% the bad guy.
- Monsieur Ghost