Books by Georges Simenon

THE THIRTEEN CULPRITS by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"Contemporary mystery-mongers could take these soiled jewels as examples of how much incident and insight a master can fit into ten pages."
Before his dozens of tales about the celebrated Inspector Jules Maigret pushed the roman policier well toward the psychological novel, Simenon had already mastered its nominal opposite, the puzzle story. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE STREET by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A somber story marked by the author's acute perceptions of human nature and his lean, elegant writing style."
One of Simenon's penetrating psychological studies (Donadieu's Will, etc.), first published in 1945 in France. Read full book review >
MAIGRET AT THE GAI-MOULIN by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not one of Maigret's more brilliant triumphs but interesting for its penetrating character studies—especially of those teenagers in deep trouble."
In this brief novel, first published in 1940, Inspector Maigret goes undercover to solve a murder in the Belgian city of Liäge, where the body of Greek playboy Ephraim Graphopoulos has been found, stuffed in a wicker basket, at the town zoo. Read full book review >
THE SUSPECT by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Dull and repetitive in its endless descriptions of seedy, waterfront bars, even seedier rooming houses, and shabby, truculent characters; only Chave's sweet, stubborn persona makes this story, first published in 1938, mildly palatable."
An overextended look at the terrorist underworld of Paris in the Thirties, seen through the eyes of sentimental Pierre Chave—an armchair anarchist, AWOL from the French Army, who's now living a quiet life in Brussels with his wife, young son, and subsistence job. Read full book review >
MAIGRET AND THE SATURDAY CALLER by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"This brief novel, published in the US for the first time, is low-keyed, swift-moving, psychologically acute, and absorbing throughout."
Chief Inspector Maigret, looking forward to dinner and TV after a hard day, finds waiting at home for him instead one Leonard Planchonan undersized, harelipped, introverted house-painter with an outsized problem. Read full book review >
DONADIEU'S WILL by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Moderately engrossing but less than top Simenon."
A dark-toned chronicle of the heyday and downfall of the rich, concervative, shipowning Donadieu family of La Rochelle, headed in the 30's by father Oscar who has suffered a fatal if questionable, accident as the story opens. Read full book review >