The Grand Banks Café

The Grand Banks Café


Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141393506
  • 144  Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Sailors don’t talk much to other men, especially not to policemen. But after Captain Fallut’s body is found floating near his trawler, they all mention the Evil Eye when they speak of the Ocean’s voyage.

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


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