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Released January 1, 1977

£45.00

Crushed by poverty, humiliated by months of fruitless job-hunting, Francois Lecoin felt an overwhelming sense of failure and despair on the day his invalid wife died. Compelled to beg money for the funeral from his wealthy sister-in-law, an idea suddenly came too him, a clever plan of quiet extortion which earned him far more than he ever expected - enough for new clothes, enough to take his belioved son Bob on a holiday to Deauville, enough to cherish the prostitue Viviane whom he had coveted for so long. He becomes enmeshed in a risky career of blackmail, exploiting the weaknesses and vices of people whose shadowy lives are no worse than his own.


With a perceptivea and compassionate eye Simenon portrays a man who is caught in a chain of evil but who struggles to recover his dignity and self-respect. Unhappily, he is too late to save what means most to him and disaster overtakes him in a devastating way.

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Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret.

Simenon's first novel, Au Pont des Arches, was written in June 1919 and published in 1921 under his "G. Sim" pseudonym. Writing as "Monsieur Le Coq", he also published more than 800 humorous pieces between November 1919 and December 1922.

From 1921 to 1934 he used a total of 17 pen names while writing 358 novels and short stories.

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