A brilliant new translation of Simenon’s critically acclaimed masterpiece.
‘And always the dirty snow, the heaps of snow that look rotten, with black patches and embedded garbage … unable to cover the filth.’
Nineteen-year-old Frank – thug, thief, son of a brothel owner – gets by surprisingly well despite living in a city under military occupation, but a warm house and a full stomach are not enough to make him feel truly alive in such a climate of deceit and betrayal. During a bleak, unending winter, he embarks on a string of violent and sordid crimes that set him on a path from which he can never return. Georges Simenon’s matchless novel is a brutal, compelling portrayal of a world without pity; a devastating journey through a psychological no-man’s land.