'The father of contemporary European detective fiction' Ann Cleeves
'He hadn't seen her arrive. She had stopped on the pavement a few steps away from him and was peering into the courtyard of the Police Judiciaire, where the small staff cars were parked.
She ventured as far as the entrance, looked the officer up and down, then turned round and walked away towards the Pont-Neuf'
When an old lady tells Maigret someone has been moving things in her apartment, she is dismissed as a fantasist - until a schocking event proves otherwise.
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century' Guardian
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
A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness
The most addictive of writers . . . a unique teller of tales
Hyper-prolific yet critically adored, the Belgian writer took crime novels into new terrority with his 75 books series – newly translated this week – winning devoted fans from Muriel Spark to Alfred Hitchcock in the process.
The crime writer and Maigret inventor's books were all composed in the same intense mood, as if he were gripped by a fever