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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." --The Guardian
Inspector Maigret is drawn out of retirement when a young woman is found dead in the Seine and her grandmother turns up at his door
Two years into his retirement at Meung-sur-Loire, Maigret has yet to come across a case compelling enough to tempt him back into the business. But when 18-year-old Monita Malik is found dead in the Seine River, he is all but ordered to the small town of Orsennes by the girl's grandmother. There, Maigret encounters Ernest Malik, an old acquaintance from his school days whom he's always disliked on instinct, and it quickly becomes clear that Maigret's presence is not welcome in Orsenne. When others from Orsenne's elite families begin to go missing as well, Maigret can't help but be swept up in the mystery.