Maigret Stonewalled A simple enough case on the face of it A commercial traveller killed in a hotel bedroom on the Loire But Maigret sensed falseness everywhere in the way the witnesses spoke and laughed and acted and

  • Title: Maigret Stonewalled
  • Author: Georges Simenon Margaret Marshall
  • ISBN: 9780140020267
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • A simple enough case on the face of it A commercial traveller killed in a hotel bedroom on the Loire But Maigret sensed falseness everywhere, in the way the witnesses spoke and laughed and acted and, above all, in the manner of M Gallet s death, under a false name, from a shot that nobody heard, with his own knife plunged into his heart And behind the falseness, asA simple enough case on the face of it A commercial traveller killed in a hotel bedroom on the Loire But Maigret sensed falseness everywhere, in the way the witnesses spoke and laughed and acted and, above all, in the manner of M Gallet s death, under a false name, from a shot that nobody heard, with his own knife plunged into his heart And behind the falseness, as Maigret discovered, the pathos of a man for whom nothing had ever gone right not even death.

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    1. Georges Simenon Margaret Marshall says:

      Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under than two dozen pseudonyms Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.He is best known, however, for his 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret The first novel in the series, Pietr le Letton, appeared in 1931 the last one, Maigret et M Charles, was published in 1972 The Maigret novels were translated into all major languages and several of them were turned into films and radio plays Two television series 1960 63 and 1992 93 have been made in Great Britain.During his American period, Simenon reached the height of his creative powers, and several novels of those years were inspired by the context in which they were written Trois chambres Manhattan 1946 , Maigret New York 1947 , Maigret se f che 1947.Simenon also wrote a large number of psychological novels , such as La neige tait sale 1948 or Le fils 1957 , as well as several autobiographical works, in particular Je me souviens 1945 , Pedigree 1948 , M moires intimes 1981.In 1966, Simenon was given the MWA s highest honor, the Grand Master Award.In 2005 he was nominated for the title of De Grootste Belg The Greatest Belgian In the Flemish version he ended 77th place In the Walloon version he ended 10th place.



    2 thoughts on “Maigret Stonewalled

    1. After giving it some thought, I'm raising my rating of this novel to 5 stars because this is one of those books in which I'm blown away not only by Simenon's own observations of humanity, but also by his ability to put them on paper via crime fiction and have them resonate so deeply. Even after only reading four of these books, I can already tell that it's what sets his work apart from other more run-of-the-mill police procedurals. So far this one is my favorite Maigret novel, completely differe [...]

    2. Maigret Stonewalled was the first Maigret to get translated in to English, not as the Penguin edition claims, the first ever Maigret, even so it was the third official Maigret, published ten years after the first Poirot and over forty years from the first Holmes. Here we find a rather faceless Inspector sent traipsing around a town he'd never heard of and the holiday destination Sancerre on Loire 205km away from where Maigret is stationed with the Paris police. In many ways this is a pretty conv [...]

    3. I very much enjoyed Georges Simenon’s Pietr the Latvian, the very first novel in the series featuring the persistent and clever Detective Chief Inspector Jules Maigret. The second novel — published variously as Lock 14, The Carter of La Providence and Maigret Meets a Milord — not as much. Monsieur Émile Gallet appears the epitome of bourgeois respectability: a traveling salesman of silver-plated flatware and christening cups through all of Normandy, with a patrician wife in his 2,000-fran [...]

    4. FRom Tout Simenon:Dans un hôtel de Sancerre où il était connu sous le nom de M. Clément, Emile Gallet, domicilié à Saint-Fargeau, a été tué d'une balle au visage suivie d'un coup de poignard dans le cœur, alors que sa femme le croyait à Rouen, en train d'exercer son métier de représentant de commerce. Ecrit à A bord de l'Ostrogoth, Nandy près de Morsang-sur-Seine (Seine-et-Marne) été 1930.

    5. This is the first of the early Maigrets in which I feel that Simenon outsmarted himself. Maigret Stonewalled is altogether too rich in incident, too rich in characters, and excessively rich in strange clues that seem to point nowhere. This is one of those cases where the complexities of the crime are such that no one could be prosecuted without an excessive social cost to many of the innocent parties. I am grateful that Simenon did not continue this strain of complexity in the other works of his [...]

    6. One of the earliest Maigret novels (though not the first, as my edition claims on the back), this book has an interesting mystery and a surprising conclusion. There are two problems with it. Here, Maigret is all alone, out in the country and away from the traditional cast of characters, and away from the somewhat melancholy atmosphere of Parisian crime that makes these novels so flavorful. He seems out of context, to a degree. The other problem is that the solution to the crime, although certain [...]

    7. Stavolta il commissario Maigret deve indagare in un albergo dove è stato ucciso un commesso viaggiatore, il signor Gallet. Seguiremo tutte le sue indagini e il metodo che il poliziotto utilizza è quello di mettersi nei panni del morto e provare a comprendere cosa pensava e come agiva. Il colpo di scena finale non mi è dispiaciuto ma ciò che emerge dalla storia è la profonda solitudine e tristezza che prova l'essere umano.

    8. Nu o sa inteleg niciodata stilul lui Georges Simenon. Ii citesc romanele pentru ca imi plac tare mult finalurile, sunt solide, inchegate, dar altfel

    9. In the midst of a summer heat wave, while most of the Parisian police force works guard duty for a visit from the King of Spain and other officers are either off attending a forensic conference or minding their sick children, Detective Chief Inspector Maigret takes on the murder of a commercial traveler found dead in his hotel room in Sancerre. The note from the local police mentions, “Many curious details.” That’s an understatement. The victim, M. Gallet, has been living a double life for [...]

    10. The Maigret series begins strong. The unromantic Inspector circles around a mystery worthy of the wildest pulp fiction. Rather than a methodical approach or a flash of brilliance, his method consists of amassing as much information as he can until some little detail starts nagging away at him to the point where he finds the key to the whole mystery in resolving that itch. Highly gripping and to my mind Maigret is still unique among fictional sleuths.

    11. At the end of the day, I just don't think Maigret is very interesting, and this series seems fairly bloodless. The first Simenon book I ever read was Dirty Snow, and I thought it was fantastic. I wish Simenon's big detective series was as good.

    12. Added another star a day later. The characters and scenario linger (always a good sign), and it's a highly enjoyable read.

    13. Reading Simenon is like taking a trip in an H.G. Wells time machine for a short trip. The time is the 1920"s and the place is Paris. Inspector Maigret is part of the famous flying squad who hops a train to a vacation spot near the Loire river where he commences the investigation into a very unusual murder. A man has been shot , possibly through a window from 6-7 meters away and then immediately stabbed at close quarters.One of Maigret'ss first orders of business is to alert the town crier, YES I [...]

    14. Un macaco senza storia (dice lei, di lui) Morte di un commesso viaggiatore, con complicazioni.Delitto in una stanza semichiusa (con vista) di un Monsieur Travet senza passato apparente. Ma il passato c'è e prima o poi torna a galla, viene a cercarti e poi ti trova.Dall'Indocina con furore fino alla vita inquieta di una famiglia bene della provincia bianca, moglie annoiata e cattiva, figlio in discutibile carriera (ma esiste in Francia, la provincia bianca? Tipo "Signore e Signori", per intender [...]

    15. How I love these books. They are deceptively simple: only about 150 pages. Not complicated or dense in the writing. And most of the time Maigret investigates on his own, chewing on his pipe, slowly figuring things out. But in essence, the stories are beautiful character studies. Just as Maigret studies each of his suspects, victims, and others peripheral to the crime, Simenon takes us through deeply involved studies of the human psyche, the mixture of good and bad in each of us, people's dreams [...]

    16. I must admit to being disappointed in this book. By the time I was three-quarters through I knew who couldn't have "done it", had been told, albeit indirectly, the only person who could've "done it" , and, quite frankly, by then I didn't care who did do it because I had little regard for any of the characters. Even Maigret seemed unremarkable and flat. The only characters I felt a degree of fondness for were Moers & the local sergeant, who watches Maigret with admiration akin to a younger br [...]

    17. The Late Monsieur Gallet is Georges Simenon's third mystery featuring French detective Jules Maigret. What begins as the routine murder investigation of a traveling salesman in a second-class hotel, soon leads Maigret to the unexpected discovery that nothing about the victim (Emile Gallet) was what it seems. In fact, Gallet was using an assumed name and hadn't been employed as a salesman for years. While investigating the otherwise "nondescript case with nothing interesting about it," Maigret is [...]

    18. The second Maigret novel left me wondering wether or not I will continue reading Georges Simenon's most famous series. I have the third novel waiting already but it will have to be good to make up for the mediocre story this book has turned out to be unfortunately. I was getting used to Simenon's kind of unfinished style of writing where he indicates to something or just mentions it rather than to have things evolve or go deeper past the surface, but this whole story feels unfinished and quickly [...]

    19. Early Maigret, 3rd in the recently re-released series.Good translation of an intriguing mystery. Maigret appears to work alone with others doing footwork and invesigations to his telegrams.The strengths of this series is Maigret and he demonstrates all his qualities, in full measure patience, tenancity and justice.Again away from Paris and reliant on train tables and hotel accommodation the story is cleverly structure and a worthwhile read.

    20. Rather unusual Maigret in that the case was conducted away from Paris without all the usual colleagues from The Quay. Only Moers who made his first appearance in this tale is featured. I enjoyed the insights into the mind of Maigret as Simenon gives the reader full access to his thought processes. It amazes me that he churn out such good books at the rate he did. Good.My rating is possibly a bit generous. Three and a half stars would be more realistic.

    21. I'm giving this an extra star out of simple gratitude that Penguin is republishing all the Maigret novels, with top-notch translators (this one's by Anthea Bell). The story is so dated it's interesting, more of a period piece than a mystery, with bits of Simenon's trademark bleakness that are somehow humorous and satisfying. Is it a great story? No.

    22. One of the earliest Maigret mysteries that Simenon wrote, first published in 1931, Maigret finds himself investigating the death of a man found in a hotel room with the side of his face blown off and a stab wound. Another fast paced case with twists and turns where key things and persons aren't what they seem to be.

    23. Un Maigret sicuro di sé e in gran forma che in questa storia mette in pratica i fondamenti del suo metodo investigativo: conoscere bene la vittima per arrivare al suo assassino. E alla fine qui l'oscura figura del defunto Monsieur Gallet rivelerà non poche sorprese, fra tutte l'identità dell'assassino.Molto scorrevole lo stile e ben delineato l'ambiente ristretto della provincia francese.

    24. Brilliant! I liked Maigret, the setting, the writing, the characters, everything. I think Simenon is really getting into his stride with the series. The plot seems very complicated, but if one can manage not to be overwhelmed it turns out to be very simple, and very heartbreaking, indeed. Very Don Draper-esque.

    25. I really enjoyed this, the 3rd instalment of Maigret and the book with the strongest portrait so far of the man who is going to dominate the series. Simenon's writing is superb, it's really vivid and punchy. Interestingly this feels like a window into another time and not overly dated.

    26. Non uno dei più bei Maigret che ho letto, ma godibile. La storia è comunque bella, il colpo di scena c'è; forse il mio giudizio un po' scarso rispetto al solito è dovuto al fatto che mi ero abituata alle inchieste di Maigret un po' più 'mature', mentre questo è uno dei primi libri della serie.

    27. This was a very sad story about a very sad life of a very sad man. No wonder Maigret was so angry in the end. I would be too. I think son is worst of them all. They never say it openly but it's pretty obvious. I hope Maigret's estimation of his future will be true. He totally deserves it.

    28. An early Maigret and not one of the best. This author set very high standards for himself.The inter-war French petit bourgeois life is as always beautifully captured by Simenon but I found the story a little convoluted and not completely convincing. Nevertheless gripping and entertaining.

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