In a new translation of the third book in the Inspector Maigret series, the suspicious circumstances around Monsieur Gallet's death are investigated and his haughty family members are exposed for their crimes and lies. Original.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When he investigates the death of Monsieur Gallet, Inspector Maigret discovers that much of the man's life was a lie, and the strange behavior of his widow and son suggests that there is more to this family than meets the eye.Review by Publisher Summary 3
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The GuardianGeorges Simenon’s devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties“Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.”The circumstances of Monsieur Gallet’s death all ring false: the name the deceased was travelling under and his presumed profession, and more worryingly, his family's grief. Their haughtiness seems to hide ambiguous feelings about the hapless man. In this haunting story, Maigret discovers the appalling truth and the real crime hidden behind the surface of lies.