New PDF release: Maigret and the Yellow Dog

By Georges Simenon

The 5th booklet within the new Penguin Maigret sequence: Georges Simenon's gripping story of small city suspicion and revenge, in Linda Asher's undying translation.

There used to be an exaggerated humility approximately her. Her cowed eyes, her method of gliding noiselessly approximately with no bumping into issues, of quivering nervously on the slight­est observe, have been the very snapshot of a scullery maid familiar with difficulty. And but he sensed, underneath that snapshot, sparkles of satisfaction held firmly in money. She used to be anaemic. Her flat chest was once now not shaped to evoke wish. however, she used to be surprisingly beautiful, maybe simply because she appeared , despondent, sickly. within the windswept beach city of Concarneau, a neighborhood wine service provider is shot. in truth, a person is out to kill all of the influential males and the whole city is quickly despatched right into a kingdom of panic. For Maigret, the solutions lie with the faded, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a wierd yellow puppy lurking within the shadows...

Penguin is publishing the full sequence of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been released in a prior translation as A Face for a Clue.

'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.' - John Gray

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Two or three times, on my day off, he’s had me go to his house. ” “The same thing—except I only went to his house once, a long time ago. A woman from the sardine packing plant was there, and … I didn’t want that! ” “Not the same. He’s married. They say he goes into Brest to play around. ” It was still raining. From the distance came the sound of a foghorn, probably from a ship trying to find its way into port. ” “Not all year… Winters, they’re all alone here. They’ll drink once in a while with some traveling salesman… But summers there are people around.

Visible through an open door was a dining room, where waitresses in Breton dress were setting the tables for dinner. Maigret’'s gaze fell on a yellow dog lying beneath the till. Raising his eyes, he saw a black skirt, a white apron,a face with no particular grace, yet so appealing thatthroughout the conversation that followed he hardly stopped watching it. Whenever he turned away, moreover, the waitress, in turn, fixed her agitated gaze on him. “If it weren’t for the fact that it nearly killed our poor Mostaguen—the best fellow in the world, except that he’s scared silly of his wife—I’d swear this was just some tasteless joke,” Servières said.

People began reluctantly to move away. ” Windows were closing one after another, but inquisitive shadows hovered behind the curtains. The dog was filthy, his dense coat matted with blood. His belly was muddy, his nose dry and burning. Now that someone was showing kindness, he took heart and stopped trying to creep along the ground through the dozens of large stones that lay around him. ” The procession could have looked ridiculous. Instead, by some eerie effect of the anguish that had grown steadily stronger since morning, it was stirring.

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