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.
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.
Praise for Georges Simenon:
"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
"These Maigret books are as timeless as Paris itself." -The Washington Post
"Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals." -People
"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 (London)
"Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales." -The Observer (London)
"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant." -John Gray
"A truly wonderful writer . . . Marvelously readable-lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates." -Muriel Spark
"A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it."lle -Peter Ackroyd
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century." -John Banville