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Maigret at Picratt’s

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Publisher: Penguin Classics
Language: English
Published Date: 6 October 2016
ISBN: 978-0241240281
Pages: 192

‘He opened the door for her and watched her walk away down the huge corridor, then hesitate at the top of the stairs. Heads turned as she passed. You sensed she came from a different world, the world of the night, and there was something almost indecent about her in the harsh light of a winter’s day’

It is four o’clock in the morning, and out of the rain-slick cobbled streets of Montmartre appears a garishly dressed young woman. Her lipstick is smudged and her gait is unsteady, but there is no mistaking her extraordinary allure. At the police station in the rue de la Rochefoucauld, she insists that she has information of terrible urgency – then denies it an hour later. It takes two brutal stranglings and a beautiful corpse to lead Maigret, assisted by a lovelorn detective, into an all-too-familiar underworld where he traces a desperate eroticism to its inevitable conclusion.

The novel has been previously published as Maigret and the Strangled Stripper and Maigret in Montmartre.

A new translation by William Hobson of book 36 of Georges Simenon’s famous Maigret series.

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