What are the best Georges Simenon books?

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    #1Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Frank Friedmaier who became a killer. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted in 2003. 

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    #2The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Kees Popinga. It is first published in 1938 and New York Review of Books reprinted in 2005.

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    Joe Holmes
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I feel this novel has a pretty solid story and another positive not is how the main character is presented as an overall decent human being. I would quite possibly find myself interested in the plot and where our main characters end up in the end!"
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    #3Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Monsieur Monde. It is first published in 1945 and New York Review of Books reprinted it in 2004.

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    Juan Larson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I read this book back in college and it was okay. However, I found most of the stories too unrealistic and quite frankly unbelievable. I can't say that I enjoyed it but I think some people might like it. "
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    #4The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac is a French noir mystery fiction and the sixteenth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1932 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2007.

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    Peter Ellis
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "It's France in the 1930s, Inspector Maigret has been shot, and incredibly he solves the case never having left his hospital bed. It's easy to read the Maigret series because the stories are short and can be read in one day."
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    #5The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Hector Loursat. It is first published in 1940 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2006.

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    Tyler Olson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "The author does a good job of describing the character's struggle for their own identity and ability to find it again. Good human insight, good writing."
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    #6The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog is a French mystery fiction and the sixth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is about human nature. It is first published in 1931 and Penguin reprinted it in 2006.

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    Wayne Hunt
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "In the tense crime story The Yellow Dog, Simenon moves beyond the genre, creating a richly evocative psychological landscape with haunting insights into the dark corners of human nature"
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    #7Pedigree

    Pedigree

    Pedigree is a French mystery war fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Andre Gide after World War I. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2010.

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    Julia Green
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is not one of Simenon's best works. It is an autobiography of his life when he thought he would not be around for his son. It is not his typical detective novel. The style is different and so is it's rather long length. I would recommend if you are a fan of Simenon."
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    #8The Widow

    The Widow

    The Widow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of a widow Tati and a killer Jean. It is first published in 1942 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2008.

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    Joseph Mason
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A classic Simenon suspense novel, reprinted a few years back in English translation. As with most of his books, Simenon's "The Widow" transcends the normal tropes of noir fiction with its penetrating look at human psychology and its implications in tense situations. Realistic, yet taut with deep tension, this story of outsiders who intermingle with deadly consequences is a sure page-turner."
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    #9Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

    Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

    Three Bedrooms in Manhattan is a French fiction novel set in New York written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of an actor. It is first published in 1946 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2003.

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    Michelle Day
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "An actor, recently divorced, at loose ends in New York; a woman, no less lonely, perhaps even more desperate than the man: they meet by chance in an all-night diner and are drawn to each other on the spot. Roaming the city streets, hitting its late-night dives, dropping another coin into yet another jukebox, these two lost souls struggle to understand what it is that has brought them, almost in spite of themselves, together. They are driven—from moment to moment, from bedroom to bedroom—to improvise the most unexpected of love stories, a tale of suspense where risk alone offers salvation."
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    #10A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head is a French noir mystery fiction and the fifth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1931 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2006.

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    Guadalupe Saldaña
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a good book by this author. It follows his general formula and was very interesting to read for me. I eventually want to read everything he wrote, since this genre is my favorite to read."

Summary

Best What are the best Georges Simenon books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dirty SnowBooks 39 Paid
2The Man Who Watched Trains Go By Books 35 Paid
3Monsieur Monde Vanishes Books 33 Paid
4The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)Books 32 Paid
5The Strangers in the HouseBooks 29 Paid
6The Yellow Dog (Maigret)Books 26 Paid
7Pedigree Books 26 Paid
8The WidowBooks 24 Paid
9Three Bedrooms in Manhattan Books 22 Paid
10A Man's Head (Maigret)Books 18 Paid
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