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Early Maigret and a good read,
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This review is from: The Late Monsieur Gallet: Inspector Maigret #2 (Paperback)
An early story, this is a poignant and gloomy tale of an unhappy and unlucky life that ends tragically; one pieced together, painstakingly, by Maigret serving only to make the detective more world-weary and insular. The character of Maigret has not yet been finalised, but dogged determination, scepticism in the sense of not necessarily believing what he is seeing, until such time as the truth emerges. This story involves the stultifying atmosphere of M Gallet's bourgeois marriage, duplicity and money, or lack of it, where no-one is completely as they seem. Maigret picks his way through the sensibilities, greed, secrets and lies of the characters involved to find something more shocking than mere murder. Not yet classic Maigret, but a good read, nonetheless.