The Saint-Fiacre Affair
Simenon, Georges/ Whiteside, Shaun
Maigret’s past comes to life in this vivid new translation of this evocative novel, set in the Inspector’s home town. Book thirteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.
Maigret savoured the sensations of his youth again: the cold, stinging eyes, frozen fingertips, an aftertaste of coffee. Then, stepping inside the church, a blast of heat, soft light; the smell of candles and incense. The last time Maigret went home to the village of his birth was for his father’s funeral. Now an anonymous note predicting a crime during All Souls’ Day mass draws him back there, where troubling memories resurface and hidden vices are revealed.
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation asMaigret Goes Home.
‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.’ – John Gray
‘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
‘A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness.’ – The Independent