On his forty-eighth birthday, Monsieur Norbert Monde gets up and goes to work as usual. But by evening he has withdrawn a huge sum of money from the bank and simply disappeared. And when his wife goes to the police to report him missing she can find no explanation for why such a prominent and wealthy Parisian businessman should vanish without a trace.
In 'Monsieur Monde Vanishes', Simenon tells the startling and psychologically acute story of a man who flees the stifling respectability of his life and enters a world of drug-takers and dance-hall hostesses - where he can finally realize his ambition: to become an ordinary man in the street, anonymous and alone . . .