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The Yellow Dog: Inspector Maigret #5

The Yellow Dog: Inspector Maigret #5 [Kindle Edition]

Georges Simenon
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The fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series: Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, in Linda Asher's timeless translation.

There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight­est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.

In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows...

Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels. This is a revised edition of Linda Asher's existing translation.

'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray

'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian

'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

Linda Asher is a former fiction editor of the New Yorker and the award winning translator of many works from French including those of Milan Kundera.

About the Author

Georges Simenon was born at Liege in Belgium in 1903. He published over 160 books and his work has been admired by almost all the leading French and English critics. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and more than 40 have been filmed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143037315
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GT7OUT0
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who let the dog out?? 25 Oct 2006
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Georges Simenon was the author of over 100 Inspector Maigret mystery stories. They were immensely popular in the 1930s through the 1960s. Inspector Maigret stories also appeared in film and TV version. Simenon and Maigret seem to have fallen under the radar in recent decades but in recent years he seems to have been rediscovered by a new generation of mystery/detective story fans. Penguin Books has begun to reissue some of those Maigret mysteries and the New York Review of Books Press has reissued some of his `hard stories', stories that did not feature Inspector Maigret. Simenon's Inspector Maigret Mystery, "The Yellow Dog" was a fun book to read and is as good a place to start for anyone wishing t discover (or re-read) Simenon.

The Yellow Dog, written in 1931, is set on a fishing town in Concarneau, France. One of the town's leading citizens has been shot. A series of murders or attempted murders soon follow. At the same time a stray, rather mangy looking yellow dog is wandering around the town. Inspector Maigret is sent to clear up the mess. In so doing he must deal with panicked locals, an irate mayor demanding an end to the affair, and a cast of characters who each, in their way, have done something to make themselves suspicious. The rest of the story involves Maigret's attempt to unravel the chain of events and find the guilty party or guilty parties.

This is a `classic' detective story in the sense that Simenon does not stray for the general formula or boundaries found in classic stories by Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie. There are twists and turns in the plot, red herrings, and fake clues, but eventually justice (or some semblance of justice) is served.

What sets Simenon apart is the character of Maigret and the supporting cast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maigret by the sea 15 April 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Simenon`s first eleven Maigret novels were all published in 1931 - some kind of a record? - and this was the sixth of them. Maigret is already the mature, sometimes surly detective we know and love, already a Superintendent. He finds himself called to the NW coastal town of Concarneau in Brittany, to solve a series of attacks, one of which is a murder, and holes up in the local Admiral Hotel, a mildly seedy hangout for a group of local drinkers, as well as giving employment to enigmatic and waif-like waitress Emma.
Then there`s the enormous, almost spectral yellow dog of the title. which turns up after each crime.
Few writers have ever created an atmosphere as deftly, with as little fuss and few words, as Simenon. If you`ve seen Jacques Tati`s immortal near-silent French film comedy Monsieur Hulot`s Holiday, you`ll remember his detailed depiction of a seaside resort in summer, with its distinctive sights and sounds. I kept being reminded of Tati`s film while reading this book, even though it`s set in a harbour town rather than a resort, during rough, rainy weather - and with unpaved muddy streets too. But the sense of place that`s conjured up is palpable, right down to the pompous mayor and a variety of local `types`. However, what has always set Simenon apart from the herd is his consistent refusal to rely on stereotypes, and his gratifying sympathy (transferred to Maigret) for ordinary working people.
There`s a wonderful, often quietly droll humour to the almost farce-like comings and goings in this 130-page story, with Maigret a mostly monosyllabic, oracular presence, with a young Inspector hovering around him like an eager puppy, learning patience and discretion from a master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Literary tourism a possibility? 14 July 2009
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This was my first Simenon and a good introduction. However, as much as the story was interesting, it was what he described of Concarneau and environs that I found fascinating. I now want to see the setting! In my view, not as good as Morse but not far off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puts a smile on your face 12 July 2014
An early Maigret mystery; number six in the books released about this famous detective.
This is a stand alone novel with the Chief Inspector away from Paris reassigned to Rennes to oversee the flying squad there. Maigret is sent to Concarneau a fishing community in Brittany to investigate a mysterious shooting at the request of the town's politically connected Mayor.
As with other stories the detective seemingly allows the actors to play out their roles while his skills interpret the baffling events which have left the local people in terror of an unknown assassin.
Beautifully evocative of the district with its fishermen, local industry and market day; the maze of alleys and tight streets add to the sense of fear created.
The drama unfolds; is the yellow dog a red herring? Maigret broods and does his own thing; even explaining to his young sidekick that it would be a mistake to draw deductions too soon.
The story even concludes with a Poriot style denouement at the close of the book. Also by the end we learn more about Maigret's character and his sense of justice.
These books are quick to read; the shorter novels easily finished in a few hours and leave you with a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Dog 3 Jun 2014
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For me a good read highlighting the environment within which Maigret inhabited and worked. Clear views of his personality and no nonsense approach to those around him. Great atmosphere throughout as always reflected by landscape and changing weather conditions. Characters rich in dark shadows carrying with them sordid or unhappy secrets. Look forward to the next Kindle issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterwork
Another classic from the master of detective story writing, George's Simenon, full of wonderful period observations. A jolly good read!
Published 3 months ago by Oldflyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books
Good story, great to see that Georges Simenon Maigret books are being re-issued. Detective stories that in the old fashioned way
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Another marvellous Maigret
Simenon's Maigret never disappoints and The Yellow Dog is no exception. Such a good story with characters and settings holding the reader's interest throughout. Would recoo
Published 3 months ago by Elspeth Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bookbinding
The Book content is good as always, but I wanted a small Paperback to take on holiday to Concarneau (subject of the book). Read more
Published 4 months ago by kristakat
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak
Simenon dashed off 11 Maigret titles in 1931, and "The Yellow Dog" is arguably one of the weaker ones to emerge from this first clutch of titles. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Jl Adcock
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog days in Brittany
"The Yellow Dog" is an enjoyable short read that was published early in the Inspector Maigret series (1931). Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Blue in Washington
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Maigret thriller
The Yellow Dog (Le Chien Jaune) has many of the characteristics typical of a Georges Simenon thriller, even if it initially seems like there are going to be rather a few more... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Keris Nine
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