The Shadow Puppet
Purchase Title ›Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published Date: 2 October 2014
A new translation of this gripping domestic tragedy, set in Simenon’s very own neighbourhood. Book twelve in the new Penguin Maigret series. Translated by Ros Schwartz.
One by one the lighted windows went dark. The silhouette of the dead man could still be seen through the frosted glass like a Chinese shadow puppet. A taxi pulled up. It wasn’t the public prosecutor yet. A young woman crossed the courtyard with hurried steps, leaving a whiff of perfume in her wake.
Summoned to the dimly-lit Place des Vosges one night, where he sees shadowy figures at apartment windows, Maigret uncovers a tragic story of desperate lives, unhappy families, addiction and a terrible, fatal greed.
This novel has been published in previous translations as Maigret Mystified and The Shadow in the Courtyard.