Maigret's Failure


Author: Georges Simenon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525504044

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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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 When a childhood bully reappears in Maigret’s life, he struggles to put aside his own feelings and carry out his duties as an investigator. When Ferdinand Fumal, a wealthy butcher and political influencer, starts receiving anonymous death threats, he fears for his life, and Maigret is ordered to his protection. But upon meeting the man, Maigret realizes that Fumal was among the childhood bullies who tormented him as a boy. Maigret’s instinct is to pawn the job off on another officer—until Fumal turns up the next morning brutally slain that is. Racked with guilt, Maigret finds himself being blamed for the murder, and so must go about the agonizing task of bringing the murdered butcher’s killer to justice.

Constructive Drinking


Author: Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113455771X

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 5804

First published in 1987, Constructive Drinking is a series of original case studies organized into three sections based on three major functions of drinking. The three constructive functions are: that drinking has a real social role in everyday life; that drinking can be used to construct an ideal world; and that drinking is a significant economic activity. The case studies deal with a variety of exotic drinks

Corpus delicti of mystery fiction

a guide to the body of the case


Author: Linda Herman,Beth Stiel

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 581

Popular World Fiction



Author: Walton Beacham,Suzanne Niemeyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780933833081

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1852

View: 8030

Guide to French literature

1789 to the present


Author: Anthony Levi

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 884

View: 2329

The Guide surveys the lives and works of 300 famous French writers. Entries are devoted to the primary writers, with some entries on important movements, literary groups and publications.

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery


Author: B. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230107354

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 543

View: 1969

Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.