- Mass Market Paperback: 139 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (October 30, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140020241
- ISBN-13: 978-0140020243
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maigret Mystified Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 1964
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The questions at the end spark class discussion and are used for homework. Wish this publishing company would publish a lot of Maigret easy readers as they are a hit with our class.
Substituting for a sense of action and energy in this novel are finely-drawn portraits of representatives from the many social layers that the French label the bourgeoisie. The author Georges Simenon and his protagonist Maigret appear to admire the demimondaine mistress of the murdered man, for she is depicted as emotionally honest and satisfied with her fate in life. Otherwise, those connected to or affected by the murder lead lives made desperate by unhappiness, petty jealousies, and a desire for greater wealth. In all of his work, Simenon is brilliant at depicting the complexities of French social structure. One wishes in "Maigret Mystified" that he had paid equal attention to crafting a compelling mystery story.
This particular book describes Maigret's wrestling with some American gangsters that come to Paris for unknown reasons and then amongst other things, kidnap his unpleasant/pathetic colleague Lognon. The whole book follows a culture clash as the gangsters and the people Maigret talks to about the case, such as Poccho the dodgy Sicilian-born US expat, are much more direct and familiar, and are used to resisting police. There is also an element of pride as everyone tells Maigret not to bother - these aren't your French amateurs but real American gangsters who don't much about. But of course he shows them!
The Maigret novels may not be profound literature but they are extremely well written, compassionate and involving detective stories. This one is like a clash of genres with the 1920s gangster book and the Maigret empathetic-but-tough-French-detective-book coming together.