'The father of contemporary European detective fiction' Ann Cleeves
'People who've been here a long time have been talking about him. This morning, when I was having my coffee and croissants, it was all they were talking about. The old folks, even the middle-aged people, remember him and can't understand how he could have become a tramp. Apparently he was a good-looking man, tall and strong, who had a good profession and made a very decent living. And yet he vanished overnight without saying a word to anyone.'
The death of a homeless man in a condemned building in Les Halles leads Maigret on the trail of the vagrant's mysterious past, and an event that happened years ago in the close-knit community of Montmartre.
'His artistry is supreme' John Banville
'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
When the sound of a gunshot penetrates the padded walls of Hector Loursat's study one night, and he discovers a body, he is forced to act. No longer able to ignore the world, he determines to get to the truth of what happened, and save an innocent life.
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.