By Georges Simenon
'Just take a look,' Duclos acknowledged in an undertone, pointing to the scene all around them, the picture-book city, with every little thing instead, like embellishes at the mantlepiece of a cautious housewife... 'Everyone the following earns his dwelling. Everyone's roughly content material. And chiefly, all people retains his instincts less than keep watch over, simply because that's the guideline right here, and a need if humans are looking to stay in society'
When a French professor traveling the quiet, Dutch coastal city of Delfzjil is accused of homicide, Maigret is shipped to enquire. The neighborhood appear chuffed in charge an unknown outsider, yet there are humans a lot in the direction of domestic who appear to understand even more than they're letting on: Beetje, the disenchanted daughter of a neighborhood farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased, and, after all, a infamous neighborhood crook.
Written at nighttime, grimly comedian prose that Simenon is popular for, A Crime in Holland will pride lifelong lovers and new readers alike.
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Joan teased him when he went over and chose her as his dance partner for the next set. Great tits you’ve got, and a stonking pair of legs, he thought to himself as he struggled to keep his stiffy from nudging into her. Joan thought he was funny, and sweet, and very handsome. He seemed to have a bit of a spark about him. In her view, he was a man who would go places. She ignored the opinion of her parents. Her father thought Victor looked lazy, and her mother said he had greedy eyes. Victor thought Joan was the loveliest creature he had ever set eyes on.
One whole year to plan the perfect murder. So every day, after he had dealt with any urgent business to do with his job, Victor would search websites, typing the words perfect murder into Google. Then he moved on and began Googling poisons. Then, detecting poisons. Everything he wanted was right there, normally just one click of his mouse away. He made careful notes, building up a file. Finally, he had a long list of rules that needed to be kept, to commit a perfect murder. There were fifty-two rules in all.
It was stupid,’ he repeated. ‘You’re panicking. ’ ‘I need a drink,’ she said. Don insisted they went to the garage first. They had work to do, he said. She followed him through the door that led from the hall to the garage. It was draughty in there and the concrete floor was cold under her feet. The air was so thick with dust she could barely see. It prickled her throat and she coughed. Normally, they parked the Astra in here at night, but there would be no room now. In the centre of the garage there was a hole that Don had been digging.