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1st class Maigret story,
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This review is from: Pietr the Latvian: Inspector Maigret #1 (Paperback)
I enjoy the Maigret stories and have read many of them, mostly in omnibus editions, which makes the most of the novella format in which they are written. Penguin are re-issuing the whole series and this story is the first to be published. It is always interesting to read the first in a series to see how the ideas and stories develop over time and this is no exception. There is more plot movement as the scenes take in Paris and the French North coast, with Maigret spending little time at home as the chase to catch an international criminal gathers pace. Apart from being described as large, muscular and working class, there is not much to describe Maigret who starts and remains as a detective everyman, sympathetic, humane, perceptive and dogged in his pursuit for justice and the truth. The same can be said for the Scenery in which the action takes place, described with economy and yet you have no doubt that you are inhabiting the world of 1930's Paris, the Quai des Offevres or that of a coastal port, the bars and the drinks and the characters and nightlife of the french demi-monde, criminals or playboys. Simenon has created a world in which Maigret and and other characters inhabit, which is believable and inhabitable by the reader: much to the delight and pleasure of those who enjoy these stories. Pietr the Latvian is no exception: readable, enjoyable and no worse for being the first in the series.