Maigret in Court

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Penguin, 1961 - Detective and mystery stories - 131 pages
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Dreaming of his retirement to the Loire, Chief Inspector Maigret is dismayed to find himself once again embroiled in a brutal murder case. Gaston Meurant faces the Assizes Court on the charge of killing his aunt and a small child, but, although the evidence points to his guilt, Maigret doubts that the mild-mannered picture framer can have committed such a horrific crime. In the tense courtroom drama that ensues, Maigret must expose some unsavoury evidence about the accused man's private life in order to establish the truth and save him from execution, and sees the gentle Meurant turn into an obsessive and vengeful man in a search for justice outside the legal system.

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User Review  - kaggsy - LibraryThing

A rather wonderful later Maigret - as usual the Chief Inspector is fully in control while appearing not to be actually doing much. He is less physically active in this story, which starts off with ... Read full review


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The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work. The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel." Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today," and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers." The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.

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