A Crime in Holland

A Crime in Holland


Translator: Sian Reynolds

Format
Paperback
Price
$10.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141393490
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

A new translation of Georges Simenon’s novel set in a tranquil town on the dutch coast, book seven in the new Penguin Maigret series.

‘Just take a look,’ Duclos said in an undertone, pointing to the scene all round them, the picture-book town, with everything in its place, like ornaments on the mantlepiece of a careful housewife . . . ‘Everyone here earns his living. Everyone’s more or less content. And above all, everyone keeps his instincts under control, because that’s the rule here, and a necessity if people want to live in society.’

When a French professor visiting the quiet, Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they’re letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased and a notorious local crook.

Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret in Holland.

‘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.’ – The Guardian

‘A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness.’ – The Independent

Praise

‘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.’ — The Guardian

‘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

‘Superb… The most addictive of writers… A unique teller of tales’ — The Observer

‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.’ — John Gray

‘A truly wonderful writer… marvellously readable – lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates’ — Muriel Spark

‘A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it’ — Peter Ackroyd

‘Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century’ — John Banville
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