The Late Monsieur Gallet (Inspector Maigret)
ISBN: 0141393378
EAN13: 9780141393377
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.31 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell.

Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.

The circumstances of Monsieur Gallet's death all seem fake: the name the deceased was travelling under and his presumed profession, and more worryingly, his family's grief. Their haughtiness seems to hide ambiguous feelings about the hapless man. In this haunting story, Maigret discovers the appalling truth and the real crime hidden behind the surface of lies.

Georges Simenon was born in Liege, 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. Anthea Bell is the award-winning translator of numerous French and German works: from the Asterix comics to W. G. Sebald's literary masterpiece Austerlitz. Audible will be producing all 75 Maigret titles.

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   A murder in a small town just doesn't add up
Inspector Maigret got a case that appeared ordinary. A man is dead in his hotel room. The case becomes odder when Maigret looks into it. Nothing is added up. Emile Gallet's body was found in a small town, while his widow lives in another. It takes a lot of his skills to winnow out small bits of strange truth.
 
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   Guilt
The inspector was older. He spent his life in various police departments, including vice squad, traffic, drug squad, railway police and gambling squad. It dispelled any vaguely mystical belief that intuition stone was dead.
 
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   Expected something different
The book could be better according to me. Maybe I read the wrong book, or maybe I compare it to other classical authors such as Christie.
 
3
   A Rough Beginning
The tv version of this author was on PBS. The lead character was intriguing. The book is an interesting take on the French perspective, but more of a how done it than who did it. The time period of the story is new to me and shows how rural France was before WW II. I will try to read the next book in the series.
 
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   Wonderful Simenon
I have been reading novels by Georges Simenon for years and they are always excellent. There is a wonderful, unexpected twist at the end of this Maigret. I enjoyed it a lot.
 
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   A classic, but you have to really want to. . .
I' ve never read a Maigret mystery. Books that tell the reader what the characters are thinking and feeling is what I hate the most in fiction. I want to be involved with the people. I want to figure out what they are thinking and feeling. Maigret was a puzzle to me, and what was implied, but unstated, was the real mystery to me. I don't think I will read another one.
 
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   Well I read it all...
Don't get it. Complicated, twisted, vague, no reason Maigret could have figured it out. He's always miserable. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too fat to move freely.
 
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