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The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon
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Jun 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: novels, read-in-2012
Recommended to Alan by: Megha
Read from April 24 to May 03, 2012

maybe 5 stars. finished this on the train to Bruges, fairly near where some of the action takes place. Beautiful city by the way with the rudest and sarkiest waiters I have ever come across. Dead funnny. Anyway this book is a classic noir fiction (and as this is 1938, one of the first) - it has all the tropes: murderer on the run, prostitutes, playing a game with the inspector, the arrogant protagonist and his increasingly weak grip on reality, seedy motels, escapes from windows, knives flashing. Bloody great. Maybe not as intense and soul churning as 'Stain on the Snow' but a damn good read. Simenon slips down so easily.
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