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The Man from Everywhere and Newhaven-Dieppe
The Man from Everywhere and Newhaven-Dieppe Author:Georges Simenon (Newhaven-Dieppe) The signal box of Dieppe harbour station was the best vantage point in the district. From its windows Maloin, the signalman, would watch like a god the lights of trawlers out at sea or the tiny soundless movements of people in the town. Then one evening he saw a murder take place on the quayside directly below. He went down to... more » investigate and without fully realizing what he was doing, became himself involved in the crime. His story is told with all the exactness of visual detail peculiar to Simenon. It is written like a filmscript, and was in fact filmed with great success in this country a short while ago under the title 'Temptation Harbour.'
In the other story, 'The Man from Everywhere,' Simenon uses a similar technique for a different kind of theme. In a quiet Swiss village a crime is committed for which a notorious criminal known as 'The Commodore' is believed to be responsible. M. Labbe of the Paris Surete arrives to take charge of the case; but his careful enquiries lead him right out of his depth and into the middle of a very pathetic private tragedy."« less