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

‘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, of course, a notorious local crook.

Written in the dark, grimly comic prose that Simenon is renowned for, A Crime In Holland will delight lifelong fans and new readers alike.

Praise

‘A truly wonderful writer… marvellously readable – lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates’
– Muriel Spark
‘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
‘Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century’
– John Banville
‘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 novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it’
– Peter Ackroyd
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