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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Work by a Master of Mystery and Psychology, March 20, 2008
This review is from: Maigret's War of Nerves (Hardcover)
Although not strictly speaking one of Georges Simenon's "psychological novels", Maigret's War of Nerves nonetheless explores the psychology of several characters. Detective Maigret arranges the `escape' from prison of a convicted killer that he helped put away in the first place. Maigret had become convinced of the defendant's guilt, but the evidence at trial had been overwhelming. In this 1940 work, Maigret places his well-established career at risk.

Maigret slowly unravels the mystery behind the true killer, but will it be enough to save the wrongly convicted man or Maigret's own reputation? Simenon leads the reader through an examination of the most basic and most extreme human motivations. Simenon wrote dozens of Maigret mysteries as well as other `romans durs'. Maigret's War of Nerves is one of his better efforts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same as "A Man's Head", July 16, 2009
Be warned that this is the same book as A Man's Head with a different title. I'm submitting this mini review to help protect other readers from buying the same book twice. I myself am often caught by the title switch beloved of publishers.

Maigret takes a tremendous risk in this book by helping a condemned man escape from jail. In this way he gains time to find the real killer, a diabolical trickster whose mentality defies classification.

A Man's Head has a pleasant format, and it's available new at a reasonable price. So I'd recommend it over this edition. But whichever title you choose, you're in for an excellent Maigret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simenon-Master of the Psychological Detective Story, March 18, 2004
The setting is Paris in the 1930's. A starving Czech medical student nurses his coffee and eats his yogurt in a fashionable Montmartre bar. A popular American socialite goes about his glamorous life unaware that the quiet man in the corner is planning his destruction. Enter Inspector Maigret, the taciturn and brilliant detective. Soon the high strung medical student and the deep thinking Maigret are engaged in a war of nerves.
There is just something special about Paris during the interwar years. It is a deep well from which many of the worlds great espionage and mystery writers have drawn. What makes Goerges Simenon's Maigret so special is that he is a contemporary. Maigret's Paris and the criminal world which he inhabits are drawn from Simenon's direct on the spot experience and not from the history books.
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Maigret's War of Nerves
Maigret's War of Nerves by Georges Simenon (Hardcover - Mar. 1986)
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