Fuse #8

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Case of the Hitherto Unknown Children's Book

Attention, mystery lovers. I know some of you out there may be Maigret fans. I'm not entirely certain why. He never had the charm of a Poirot or the the sheer cold charisma of a Holmes. Still, I know there might be one or two of you out there who appreciated his particular brand of crime solving. With that in mind, did you know that author Georges Simenon wrote a children's book? And DID you know that the manuscript of that book was "discovered among a large cache of papers located in the attic of Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut, where Simenon lived with his wife and children in the 1950s"? Of course you didn't! Well, in any case, the book has just been published for the very first time by The New York Review Children's Collection and is entitled The Bear Who Watched Trains Go By. Why will I be reading this book? Because it just happens to feature a "morally compromised antihero bear."

Brother, you had me at "morally compromised."

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