A brilliant new translation of one of Simenon's best loved masterpieces. 'A certain furtive, almost shameful emotion ... disturbed him whenever he saw a train go by, a night train especially, its blinds drawn down on the mystery of its passengers' Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man. Then he discovers that his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for - and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence. This chilling portrayal of a man who breaks from society and goes on the run asks who we are, and what we are capable of. 'Classic Simenon ... extraordinary in its evocative power' Independent 'What emerges is the bare human animal' John Gray 'Read him at your peril, avoid him at your loss' Sunday Times
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. This concise guide to one of the most prolific crime writers of the 20th century will appeal to his established fan base, new readers, serious academics, and film buffs alike. Author of almost 400 novels, including the acclaimed Commissaire Maigret series, 55 of his books have been turned into films and 279 have been adapted for TV. Having garnered praise from such diverse critics as Cocteau, T.S. Eliot, Henry Miller, Fellini, and Renoir, this is a great guide to Simenon's prodigious output.