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Title:
Maigret and the reluctant witnesses
ISBN:
9780241303856
Publication Information:
London : Penguin Classics, 2018.

©2018.
Physical Description:
169 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
First published in French as Maigret et les témoins récalcitrants by Presses de la Cité, 1959.
Summary:
"Maigret is called to the home of the Lachaume family where the eldest brother has been found shot dead. On Maigret's arrival the family close ranks and claim to have heard nothing at the time of the murder. Maigret must pick his way through the family's web of lies, secrets and deceit as well as handle Angelot, a troublesome new breed of magistrate who has waded into the case. The black sheep of the family, Veronique, finally gives Maigret the break he needs when she reveals the financial woes of the family and the depths to which they have sunk to salvage their reputation"--Publisher's description.
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Translated from the French.
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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." -- The Guardian

When the head of a powerful Parisian family business is murdered in his bed, Maigret must pick apart the family's darkest secrets to reveal the truth

"The curious thing was that there seemed to be no grief here, only a strange dejection, a kind of uneasy stupor..."

Maigret is called to the home of the high-profile Lachaume family where the eldest brother has been found shot dead. But on his arrival, the family closes ranks and claims to have heard and seen nothing at the time of the murder. Maigret must pick his way through the family's web of lies, secrets, and deceit, as well as handle Angelot, a troublesome new breed of magistrate who has waded into the case. And it's the estranged black sheep of the family, Veronique, who may hold the key to it all with her knowledge of the depths to which the family will sink to protect their reputation.

Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses is an engrossing mystery that examines the intricate tangle of artifice that can entrap even the most influential families.


Author Notes

The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work. The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel." Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today," and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers." The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.

(Bowker Author Biography) Georges Simenon was born on February 13, 1903 in Liege, Belgium. He wrote more than 200 fiction works under 16 different pseudonyms. His first book, The Case of Peter the Lent led to 80 more of the like including the main character, Inspector Maigret. He published over 400 books that were translated into 50 different languages and sold by the millions. He also wrote psychological novels, including The Man Who Watched the Train Go By. He died on September 4, 1989 in Lausanne.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

In all three of these stories adapted by Frederick Spoerly, Maigret is involved in the domestic problems of the wealthy. The title story involves a man murdered in his home; his family is reluctant to discuss the matter. When Chief Inspector Maigret is called in to investigate the homicide, family members are interviewed, and the motive is discovered. Although one-dimensional in characterization, the story holds the reader's interest. In "Maigret Hesitates," the Inspector receives a letter that a murder is about to take place. He traces the stationery and investigates a wealthy household where the homicide will occur; however, he cannot prevent it from happening. "Maigret in Society" has the inspector investigating the death of an elderly comte found shot to death in his study. This is the best developed of the trilogy and offers an effective surprise ending. Spoerly understands the feel of French language and thought. The actors do an excellent job with pronunciation and vocal inflection. Recommended for public library collections, especially where Simenon (Maigret and the Killer, LJ 4/15/98) is popular.ÄJacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Regional H.S., Little Silver, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.