The Train by Georges Simenon (1961)
translated from the French by Robert Baldick
Melville House (reprint edition; 2011)
There were, fundamentally, two competing views of Simenon. He was a hack or he was an artist. Both are half right. The finest things Simenon ever wrote…are not just his best novels; they are among the best novels of the twentieth century.
— Joan Acocella, from her profile of Georges Simenon in the New Yorker (subscribers only)