I think the appeal of Simenon is that he can use a few sentences to swiftly create a mood or a character:
- "Here and there a scrap of paper scuttles along the ground."
- "Maigret seemed to have the awkward manner of a petit bourgeois visiting an aristocratic house."
It is sparse and underwritten but that is how it achieves its bleak mood.
A nice bit of noir. July 2017; 134 pages