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Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon
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Jan 06, 09

bookshelves: nyrb-books, black-bile
Read in July, 2008

Keeping up with the dark books of 2008, I read a few books by Georges Simenon, a prolific author who wrote an inhuman amount of books (something like 400). For years he's been known for his detective stories staring his Inspector Maigret, which are supposedly masters of the kind. But he's also had an underground reputation for a series of noirs he called "romans durs" (literally, hard novels) of which Dirty Snow is the best one that I've read.

Dirty Snow follows a young violent thug who kills - really just for the fuck of it - and how the ramifications of this act slowly pile up until the ending is inevitable. The book builds and builds and builds until it final collapses and oddly the book stays there, holds in the collapse until things simply... end.
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