Pietr The Latvian

Simenon, Georges


Who is Pietr the Latvian? Is he a gentleman thief? A Russian drinking absinthe in a grimy bar? A married Norwegian sea captain? A twisted corpse in a train toilet? Or is he all of these men? In Simeon’s first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy dive bars to luxury hotels as he solves this strange enigma.

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Publish Date: 07/11/2013
ISBN: 9780141392738 Category: Tags: ,


The first novel which appeared in Georges Simenon’s famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.

Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn’t have a moustache and he didn’t wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands.

But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape.

He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.

In Simenon’s first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian.

This novel has been published in previous translations as The Case of Peter the Lett and Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett.

‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant’ John Gray

‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century’ Guardian

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Weight 134 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 9 mm










843.912 (edition:23)


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