Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.
At once an existential meditation on solitude, a crime story and a psychological
portrait, Simenon's book (one of the 400+ he wrote, the prolific bugger!) is a
delight to read. Having lived in France for a decade or so, I can attest to the
authenticity of both the characterizations and the sentiments. Nary a word is
wasted and his ability to create a thoroughly believable, utterly human, gently
humorous character is a marvel. Some readers may not be entirely satisfied by
the ending, and its Chekhov-like unresolved note, but I wasn't bothered. I do
recommend, however, that you DON'T read the introduction by PD James in this
edition until after you've read the book, since she gives away FAR too much.
Read it after, for the insights.