Georges Simenon (1903-1989) began work as a reporter for a local newspaper at the age of sixteen, and at nineteen he moved to Paris to embark on a career as a novelist. He went on to write seventy-five Maigret novels and twenty-eight Maigret short stories.
Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals. ("People") Simenon created one of the great moral detectives . . . a master of the slow unfolding of the criminal mind. (John Mortimer)