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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark start to an enthralling series, 24 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Pietr the Latvian: Inspector Maigret #1 (Kindle Edition)
The first book featuring the lugubrious detective Maigret is a taut, tense affair that needs some attention paying to it to follow the plot which describes the search for a pan-European criminal mastermind. Being an early work it introduces locations and characters that will recur in the series and it is the descriptions of these and Maigret himself that lifts the book above the ordinary. Due attention also has to be paid to the fact that this book came out in the early 1930s and was way ahead of its time in the realistic depiction of life both within the Flying squad that Maigret was a member of, and also the Inspector's humdrum home life. In common with the majority of Maigret novels this is relatively short, which is good because it allows for a stripped down novel without an inch of flab. Beautifully translated this is a necessary read for anyone interested in crime fiction. Better books will follow in due course but for now enjoy the first instalment in an excellent series
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2013 15:00:29 GMT
Jl Adcock says:
Yes - good to see these books coming out in Kindle format, and as you say, not an inch of flab ever appears in a Simenon novel, which modern writers could learn from. But with Penguin only releasing these very slowly - something like one a month if that - we're all going to be a lot, lot older before the final title makes an appearance!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 17:10:47 GMT
Big Jim says:
HaHa! If we live that long! Cheers.
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