His adult life was largely spent in France, the United States and Switzerland. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. Georges Simenon, the Belgian master of crime fiction, wrote 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories and Penguin Classics have been issuing the yarns in translation over the past number of years and continuing to do so, much to our delight.
The moral rights of the author and translator have been asserted. Georges Simenon, Maigret's Mistake.