By Georges Simenon
A brand new translation of Georges Simenon's sensational story of deceit and back-stabbing in an remoted group, booklet six within the new Penguin Maigret series.
'She got here ahead, the outlines of her determine blurred within the half-light. She got here ahead like a movie superstar, or similar to the fitting girl in an adolescent's dream. 'I assemble you want to seek advice from me, Inspector . . . yet to start with please take a seat . . .' Her accessory used to be extra stated than Carl's. Her voice sang, shedding at the final syllable of the longer words.'
Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for seventeen hours and not using a confession. he is both blameless or an outstanding liar. So why was once the physique of a diamond service provider stumbled on at his remoted mansion? Why is his sister consistently close away in her room? And why does every person at 3 Widows Crossroads have whatever to hide?
Penguin is publishing the whole sequence of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been released in past translations as Maigret on the Crossroads and The Crossroad Murders.
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.' - John Gray
'One of the best writers of the 20th century . . . Simenon was once unmatched at making us glance within, notwithstanding the power was once masked by means of his brilliance at soaking up us obsessively in his stories.' - The Guardian
'A very best author . . . unforgettable vividness.' - The self sufficient
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A solitary log was throwing offa few sparks in the fireplace. ’ Andersen had not lighted a lamp, had not even seemed to notice that the dusk was falling. Maigret, left on his own, paced slowly up and down the room, and stopped in front of an easel holding a gouache sketch. It was a sketch for a modern fabric, with bold colours and a strange pattern. But not as strange as the room itself, in which Maigret found echoes of the three widows of old. Some of the furniture must have belonged to them. There were some Empire armchairs with flaking paint and worn silk, and rep curtains which had not been taken down for fifty years.
There was no light in any of the bedrooms. At the far end of the park, swathes of mist veiled the tree trunks. ’ Andersen pushed open a french window and Maigret followed him into a big drawing-room padded with shadows. The window was left open, letting in the cool yet heavy air of evening, as well as a smell of wet grass and leaves. A solitary log was throwing offa few sparks in the fireplace. ’ Andersen had not lighted a lamp, had not even seemed to notice that the dusk was falling. Maigret, left on his own, paced slowly up and down the room, and stopped in front of an easel holding a gouache sketch.
By the time Andersen was brought along to me, the girl had already been taken home by the local police, who wanted to question her on the spot. She is staying there. ’ They shook hands, Maigret went back to his office where Lucas was keeping an indolent eye on the prisoner, who had glued his forehead to the window-pane and was waiting without any sign of impatience. ‘You’re free! ’ he said as soon as he opened the door. Andersen did not give a start, but made a vague gesture towards his bare neck and his gaping shoes.
Maigret at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon