The Grand Banks Cafe
Purchase Title ›Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published Date: 5 June 2014
A new translation of Georges Simenon’s gripping novel set in an insular fishing community, book eight in the new Penguin Maigret series. Translated by David Coward.
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.
This novel has been published in a previous translation as The Sailors’ Rendezvous.