The Grand Banks Café (Inspector Maigret #8) (Paperback)

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By Georges Simenon, David Coward (Translated by)
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This is book number 8 in the Inspector Maigret series.


“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian

In this gripping novel set in an insular fishing community, Inspector Maigret must navigate an impenetrable subculture to solve a murder

“It was indeed a photograph, a picture of a woman. But the face was completely hidden, scribbled all over in red ink. Someone had tried to obliterate the head, someone very angry. The pen had bitten into the paper. There were so many criss-crossed lines that not a single square millimetre had been left visible. On the other hand, below the head, the torso had not been touched. A pair of large breasts. A light-coloured silk dress, very tight and very low cut.”

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.

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903–1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe.

David Coward is a translator from French, whose translations include works by authors such as Alexandre Dumas, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and the Marquis de Sade.

Praise For…

‘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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141393506
ISBN-10: 0141393505
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Inspector Maigret