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'A brilliant new translation of Simenon's critically acclaimed masterpiece.' And always the dirty snow, the heaps of snow that look rotten, with black patches and embedded garbage...unable to cover the filth.

Nineteen-year-old Frank - thug, thief, son of a brothel owner - gets by surprisingly well despite living in a city under military occupation, but a warm house and a full stomach are not enough to make him feel truly alive in such a climate of deceit and betrayal.

During a bleak, unending winter, he embarks on a string of violent and sordid crimes that set him on a path from which he can never return. Georges Simenon's matchless novel is a brutal, compelling portrayal of a world without pity; a devastating journey through a psychological no-man's land.

©2003 Georges Simenon (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Among the best novels of the 20th century." (New Yorker)
"An astonishing work." (John Banville)
"So noir it makes Raymond Chandler look beige." (Independent)

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  • Adam D
  • 07-01-17

A journey into the soul of a psychopath.

The narrator riddles the path with tentative options but these do not lead to salvation. The distant voice prepares the reader for the only possible outcome, the tragic.

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