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The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon
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Dec 28, 08

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It's always nice to read a book that doesn't waste a word, especially when it manages to touch on so many things, despite the economy. If you want an example of the blurry lines between literary and genre fiction, you can't do much better than the Strangers in the House, which manages to be a police procedural, a meditation on solitude, an existential novel, and a social drama, all at once. A rich alcoholic lawyer wakes up from his drunken stupor one evening to find that his daughter and a bunch of her friends have dragged a criminal into his attic room and then shot him. Naturally, he decides to investigate, and in doing so he drags up a whole host of unpleasantness everyone else in town would like to hush up, preferably by pinning the crime on an unfortunate young man with no money and no class position.

I really can't recommend this book highly enough. Fantastic. Decent introduction by P.D. James, too.
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