‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant’ John Gray
‘Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess . . . In a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day . . . At six in the morning, she’s strangled, not in her room, but in the basement locker room’
Below stairs at a glamorous hotel on the Champs-ÃlysÃ©es, the workers’ lives are worlds away from the luxury enjoyed by the wealthy guests. When their worlds meet, Maigret discovers a tragic story of ambition, blackmail and unrequited love.
This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret and the Hotel Majestic.
‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories’ Guardian
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