29 December 2011 0 Comments

Crime Fiction’s Best First Paragraphs: 3

Georges Simenon wrote “L’Affaire Saint Fiacre” (“Maigret Goes Home”) in 1932. It’s one of the first of the 103 novels involved Inspector Jules Maigret. You can tell from books like this that the writer was a bit of a bastard. And we ought to be grateful for that. The opening of “Saint Fiacre” (I’m going […]

7 February 2010 0 Comments

The (Forgotten) Book You Have to Read: Simenon’s ‘Saint-Fiacre Affair’

Crime fiction blog The Rap Sheet runs a weekly feature asking authors to write about a “forgotten” book that merits new attention. This last week the blog’s editor asked me to suggest a book. I wrote about Georges Simenon’s “The Saint-Fiacre Affair” (aka “Maigret Goes Home”). It’s a very early Maigret novel (1932) and not […]