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The 13 Culprits

The 13 Culprits
Before he created Inspector Maigret, Simenon wrote a series of stories, Les 13 Coupables (1932), which, despite extravagant praise from Alexander Woolcott, Ellery Queen (who chose it for Queen's Quorum), and other experts, has never previously been published in English. The detections of Monsieur Froget are set among the people of a city the young Simenon knew well. The translator, Peter Schulman, says, "It is a marginal Paris, populated by society's losers who, for one reason or another, are brought down by a petty vice, or a greedy aspiration, that invariably leads to a bitter sense of failure in their lives ... an
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