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'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray
A first ink drawing showed a hanged man swinging from a gallows on which perched an enormous crow. And there were at least twenty other etchings and pen or pencil sketches that had the same leitmotif of hanging.
On the edge of a forest: a man hanging from every branch.
A church steeple: beneath the weathercock, a human body dangling from each arm of the cross. . . Below another sketch were written four lines from Francois Villon's Ballade of the Hanged Men.
On a trip to Brussels, Maigret unwittingly causes a man's suicide, but his own remorse is overshadowed by the discovery of the sordid events that drove the desperate man to shoot himself.
This novel has been published in previous translations as Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets and The Crime of Inspector Maigret.
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century' Guardian
"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." --Andre 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