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It's a good story, but it isn't truly a Maigret story
on 23 June 2016
As a long-time Maigret fan I found this book very disappointing. It's a good story, but it isn't truly a Maigret story, Maigret is hardly in the first half as an effective character, he's just an observer, and then he behaves in a quite atypical fashion, for example tampering with the evidence which I'm sure he would never get away with, especially as it takes place in Belgium. If you're new to Maigret I couldn't recommend this title as your first read, although as I said it is a good story and worth reading from that point of view.