I first became aware of of Georges Simenon from Akira Kurosawa who said that he intended Stray Dog to be a Simenon mystery and actually wrote the screenplay as a novel at first. Paul Theroux is also a big fan-he mentioned reading Simenon, and enjoying his novels, while traveling in his book Ghost Train To The Eastern Star-also he wrote an article, The Existential Hack for The Times. The narrator of Truman Capote's Breakfast At Tiffany's mentioned in one scene that he had a night cap of bourbon and settled down with a Simenon before being roused from bed by Holly Golightly. Anyway, Simenon is somewhat obscure, but respected author who wrote more than nearly two hundred novels. In the foreword Luc Sante states that The Man Who Watched Trains Go By was the 11th book he wrote in 1938. It is a psychological study of a man who feels freed of the constrains of society and decides to do exactly as he pleases which involves assaulting and killing women he wants to bed. He goes on the lam and toys with the police by writing letters to the papers. I suppose it is the modern predecessor of other psychological crime writers like Patrica Highsmith and Jim Thompson. I can say that I was sufficiently intrigued to wan to read some more of his novels in order to form a fuller perspective of his talent.