The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien

The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien

Paperback - 2014
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'A first ink drawing showed a hanged man swinging from a gallows on which perched an enormous crow. And there were at least twenty other etchings and pen or pencil sketches that had the same leitmotif of hanging. On the edge of a forest- a man hanging from every branch. A church steeple- beneath the weathercock, a human body dangling from each arm of the cross.' It all started yesterday. Or did it begin years ago? All Maigret knows is that the shabby traveller he was following has committed suicide in a hotel room. As he delves further, a ten-year-old secret begins to emerge - one that some people will do anything to keep. 'His psychological intensity . . . marks him as a leading writer of the century.' The New York Times
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780141393452
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 137 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda - Translator


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Jul 03, 2016

Detective story set in 1930's France and Belgium. Slow-paced in a good way. A quick read.

Mar 07, 2016

I agree with Andre' Gide who said, "The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature." (See his romans durs some of which have been reissued by NYRB.)

Mar 05, 2016

"I love reading Simenon. He makes he think of Chekov."-Faulkner
Part of Penguin's recent reissue of the Belgian writer Georges Simenon Inspector Maigret series. For those who like their mysteries European and pessimistic.


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