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I bought two books by Georges Simenon last time I went shopping in the Libreria Internacional at Multiplaza. I've come late to his Inspector Maigret books and am slowly working my way through them. The books are not violent, but they are bleak. In Simenon's Paris it's always raining. And the Seine is grey and industrial, the perfect setting for a murder. The romantic Paris-in-the-springtime of the movies and travel guides is notably absent – instead the city is an often dreary backdrop for sordid crimes. Why do I like the books then? Well, because of Inspector Maigret. He loves his wife and takes her to the movies. And because I like Simenon's take on Paris – his descriptions of ordinary people doing ordinary things provide glimpses of a different, more day-to-day Paris than the city you see as a star-struck tourist.