|Translated By:||Coverdale, Linda|
|By (author):||Simenon, Georges|
|Subject:||FICTION / Crime|
|FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense|
|Size:||7.81in x 5.10in x 0.35in|
|From The Publisher*||"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|
Inspector Maigret finds himself tangled up in a dreadful death, in Georges Simenon's haunting tale about the lengths to which people will go to escape from guilt
While in Brussels on police business, Inspector Jules Maigret witnesses a strange act: a scruffy-looking man counts out a large amount of currency and mails it to a Paris address. His instincts tell him there is more to this moment than meets the eye, and following an impulse, Maigret boards the man's train, following him to Germany via Amsterdam. But in the course of his investigation, something goes horribly awry, and the man ends up dead.
Maigret is devastated by the inadvertent role he played, but his own remorse is overshadowed by the discovery of the sordid events that drove the desperate man to the edge. In The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien, Georges Simenon examines the terrible weight guilt can place on a man's conscience and the tragedies that can result when that weight gets to be too heavy to bear.
|Review Quote*||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." -André 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
|Biographical Note||Georges Simenon (1903–1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe.|
Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.