»The truth is always so much more than the discovery of «whodunnit». Behind the vitrine of every concierge in the capital, Maigret encounters dozens of secret love affairs, unhappy marriages, family resentments, professional humiliations. And as he investigates, he repeatedly crosses that city which Simenon describes better than any novelist since Balzac – so often in the drizzle, but in all its beautiful seasons.«
Crime writer with a slab of ice in his heart: A.N. Wilson about the three republished novels Pietr the Latvian, The Late M Gallet and The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon. His view at The Telegraph.
»I suppose it is a matter of honesty: the books are not trying to be anything other than themselves. Nevertheless, there hangs about them a suggestion of something dark and disturbing, profound almost, as if Simenon had, through a technique not very far from automatic writing, discovered something fundamental about the soul. Perhaps this is where the greatness of his books lies.«
The reissued edition of the first Inspector Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian, captures perfectly the moral squalor of a seedy prewar Paris, says Nicholas Lezard. His review of the novel by Georges Simenon you will find at The Guardian.
»Selten hat Georges Simenon derart Vollgas gegeben wie im Roman Die Komplizen: Nur folgerichtig, dass das Buch auf der Straße beginnt.«
Bei Spiegel Online beschäftigt sich Sebastian Hammelehle den Non-Maigret-Romanen von Georges Simenon, die derzeit bei Diogenes in einer Auswahl von 50 Büchern erscheinen. Dabei beleuchtet er ausführlicher Simenons Bild vom Verhältnis der Geschlechter.