Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon was a Belgian journalist turned author of over 200 novels and 150 novellas. Specialized in crime fiction and the detective Jules Maigret. Member of the Académie royale de Belgique. Legendary carouser. 
 

"For forty years I have lived like the hungry urchin who flattens his nose against a teashop window and watched other people eat cake. Now I know that cakes are there for anyone with guts enough to go and get them."

— Georges Simenon