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  • YELLOW DOG   #5
    ISBN: 9780141393476
    Title: YELLOW DOG #5
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is the fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series: Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, in Linda Asher's timeless translation. There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight-est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly. In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows...

    Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels.

    This is a revised edition of Linda Asher's existing translation.
    "Compelling, remorseless, brilliant". (John Gray).

    "One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories". (Guardian).

    Author Biography: Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born on February 12th, 1903 in Liege, Belgium. At the age of nineteen, Simenon embarked to Paris to begin a career as a writer. In 1923 he began publishing under various pseudonyms, and in 1929 began the Inspector Maigret series which helped elevate him to a household name in continental Europe. His prolific output of more than four hundred novels and the gripping, dark realism of his prose has cemented him as an inedlible fixture of twentieth century literature. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Linda Asher is the former fiction editor at the "New Yorker" and the award-winning translator of works by Milan Kundera and Victor Hugo, among other celebrated authors.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF MURDER : A Black Forest Investigation I
    ZEN AND THE ART OF MURDER : A Black Forest Investigation I
    ISBN: 9780857057358
    Title: ZEN AND THE ART OF MURDER : A Black Forest Investigation I
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A case for Louise Boni - the first of the Black Forest Investigations.

    Louise Boni, chief inspector with the Black Forest crime squad, is struggling with her demons. Divorced at forty-two, she is haunted by the shadows of the past.

    Dreading yet another a dreary winter weekend alone, she receives a call from the departmental chief which signals the strangest assignment of her career - to trail a Japanese monk wandering through the snowy wasteland to the east of Freiburg, dressed only in sandals and a cowl. She sets off reluctantly, and by the time she catches up with him, she discovers that he is injured, and fearfully fleeing some unknown evil. Her investigations uncover a hideous ring of child traffickers, and the repercussions of their crimes will change the course of her own life.

    Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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