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An audacious plan to prove the innocence of a young drifter awaiting execution takes Maigret through the grey, autumnal streets of Paris. As he pursues the true culprit from lonely docks to elegant hotels and fashionable bars, he confronts the destructive power of a dangerously sharp intellect.

A new translation of Georges Simenon's atmospheric novel set in the bustling streets of Paris, book nine in the new Penguin Maigret series.

Slowly the Czech was becoming animated, but in a muted way, so typical of the man. Maigret now noticed his hands, which were long, surprisingly white and dotted with freckles. They seemed to reach out and take part in the conversation.
'Let's be clear that it's not your professionalism which I question. If you understand nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, it's because from the very start you've been working with facts which had been falsified.'
Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. As his audacious plan to uncover the truth unfolds, he encounters rich American expatriates, some truly dangerous characters and their hidden motives.
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in previous translations as Maigret's War of Nerves and A Battle of Nerves.
'Maigret emerges as a master of intuition and imagination, who moves in a world rendered intensely real in Simenon's incomparable prose' Christopher Hirst, Independent
'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

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 27, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    176 pages

    RRP $15.99

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Also by Georges Simenon

Maigret Enjoys Himself
Maigret and the Reluctant Witness
Letter to My Mother
Maigret's Doubts
Maigret Travels
Maigret: Collected Cases
Maigret and the Headless Corpse
Maigret's Failure
Maigret's Christmas
The Pitards
Maigret at the Minister's: Inspector Maigret #46
Maigret And The Dead Girl
Maigret Goes To School
Maigret's Mistake
Maigret And The Man On The Bench
Maigret Is Afraid
Maigret, Lognon And The Gangsters
Maigret's Revolver
Maigret And The Tall Woman
Maigret At Picratt's
The Man Who Watched The Trains Go By
The Snow Was Dirty
Maigret Takes A Room
The Hand