Re: RARA-AVIS: Ed Gorman interview- Simenon

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 29 Feb 2000

Even if distinctive compared to mystery novels of his time (classic detection) the Commissaire Maigret series -the most famous works by George Simenon- remains light readings. Even by the writer's own standards and "planning".

He wrote also something like 40 to 50 "literary" novels (amongst the 120 or so non-Maigret novels published after 1930), he called them "romans durs"
(though novels), as opposed to his popular lit works. Most of these were psychological development of characters in crisis, characters being borderline psychopaths, full of pessimism, and his bests were really Noir novels of a kind (without trying to join the genre and without bearing all the characteristics of the genre).

IMO one of his top novels is: La Neige etait Sale (The Stain on the Snow) and is really worth to check out. Others of great interest: Trois Chambres a Manhattan (Three Beds in Manhattan) Les Anneaux de Bicetre (The Rings of Bicetre aka The Patient) Le Chat (The Cat). There is more of course.

There are also a lot of these 120 novels having murder as center plot.

Hope this helps.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- David Bell <> wrote:
> Gorman talks about Simenon in his interview. Can
> anyone suggest some titles
> by Simenon? Is he worth checking out?

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