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Act of Passion by Georges Simenon
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Dec 11, 2011

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Whenever one encounters a writer as prolific as Georges Simenon, one is bound to find some works that are not as good as others. Act of Passion is a long letter written by a criminal to a French jurist who helped find him guilty of an unspecified crime. For the longest time, we do not know what this crime is -- and we find out only toward the end.

The problem with the book is that the narrator is a fiercely unlikeable character: A physician in the provinces who although he admits to passions is far from being able to admit to anything like love. This is not the first of his novels to suffer from this defect, but it is the first in which the story is under the control of a devious narrator. Sometimes, that works. Here, it just doesn't.
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