A new translation of Georges Simenon's sensational tale of deceit and back-stabbing in an isolated community, part of the new Maigret series.
She came forward, the outlines of her figure blurred in the half-light. She came forward like a film star, or rather like the ideal woman in an adolescent's dream. 'I gather you wish to talk to me, Inspector...but first of all please sit down....' Her accent was more pronounced than Carl's. Her voice sang, dropping on the last syllable of the longer words.
Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for 17 hours without a confession. He's either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?
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 Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honoured with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.
©2014 Georges Simenon (P)2014 Audible Studios
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"The French Bonnie?"
Maigret almost being bamboozled by Else
Very good in portraying different voices. The voice he does for Maigret actually reminds me of the Maigret portrayed by Michael Gambon on the telly.
Kept me spellbound
Enjoyed this book a lot - Simenon conjures up, as usual, a dark and brooding atmosphere. What I personally find interesting is the "American" element. A (large) gang involved in drugs and jewellery smuggling, bumping people off along the way. There is even a drive-by shooting. The book was written in 1931, when similar real-life gangs were starting to capture the imagination in the United States. Bonnie and Clyde, for example, operated roughly between 1931 and 1934. Else actually has got more than a touch of Bonnie (Parker) about her: enigmatic, seductive, high-necked dress (B&W photos of Bonnie portray her thus), chain-smoking and although not shooting anybody dead, wielding a gun around.
"The very best of the Simenon stories"
A very engaging story told with just the right pace by a narrator who transfers his enthusiasm to the listener
On the whole a very pleasant experience Thank you
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