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A new translation of Simenon's tense novel, audiobook fifteen in the Maigret series. "He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks... An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks. " A distressed passenger leaps off a night train and vanishes into the woods. Maigret, on his way to a well-earned break in the Dordogne, is soon plunged into the pursuit of a madman hiding amongst the seemingly respectable citizens of Bergerac.

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.

©2015 Georges Simenon (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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I'm addicted

Not since Raymond Chandler have I so loved a writer's work. The production values are fantastic. Gareth Armstrong is such a wonderful reader. And the cover photos are so so awesome. Yes, these are expensive in terms duration per dollar but I can't stop myself from purchasing.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-01-16

Timeless, gripping, classic!

A brilliant novella. Maigret is entirely bed bound through out, and we are totally kept guessing until the final scene. Although we are lured into several red herrings along the way! Great stuff. Very atmospheric too, of the period, of small town France, and of the tensions and dependencies between professional men working in the same town all their lives. Secrets deeply hidden. I really enjoyed Mrs Maigret's role in this too. Relaying information, making calls to be overheard in the hotel lobby, and busying herself in her apron throughout.
Brilliant, very characterful. So much better than so many contemporary best sellers in audible crime section!

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  • ReadingWild
  • 09-15-15

One of the best

With the detection taking place from Maigret's sickbed, a nice twist with plenty of intrigue

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  • J. Hutcheon
  • 08-10-15

could I follow the Story?

A confusing tale with not a lot of satisfaction for the reader. Maigret is not only rather abrupt and dictatorial with his poor wife , which I did not like, but he seems to guess the facts of the case, the relationships and motives of the characters on the basis of almost no information. he is unrealistically all-knowing, leaving us puzzled.