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This was my first Maigret book, and what a read it was I really wish I had been introduced to the French policeman earlier.In this book, Maigret is preparing for his retirement He has only 2 years of service left Probably not the best book to start the series, but the character I met in this book has piqued my curiosity, and I would love to explore the series.Anyway, now let us come to the story A mild mannered craftsman, Gaston Meurant, has been accused of murdering his aunt and a child f This was my first Maigret book, and what a read it was I really wish I had been introduced to the French policeman earlier.In this book, Maigret is preparing for his retirement He has only 2 years of service left Probably not the best book to start the series, but the character I met in this book has piqued my curiosity, and I would love to explore the series.Anyway, now let us come to the story A mild mannered craftsman, Gaston Meurant, has been accused of murdering his aunt and a child for some money But, the good policeman is not convinced of Meurant s crime If you are expecting that through some brilliant detective work, Maigret would prove Meurant s innocence, then, my dear reader, you would be wrong The court would set Meurant free due to lack of substantial evidence, and thus begins our story.This police procedural is not a mystery per se, but a thriller You would have guessed, at least partially, the real culprits, but you would still keep turning the pages.In this novel, Maigret does not play an active role instead he is keeping a watch He knows what it was all about and possibly how the story would end.This is the story of what a good man is capable of doing when his world is shattered I can t recall the names, but I have come across stories with similar plots in those thriller mystery TV shows.What I really liked was the atmosphere of the novel For me, France in the late fifties was a novel experience I also appreciate the realistic setting and characters.I had purchased two Maigret novels in a book sale I am reading the other one, Locke 14, as of the time of writing this review That one is a good old mystery story.From what I have seen, this series is indeed worth exploring Recommended By the way, this book appears in the Crime and Mystery The 100 Best Books by H.R.F Keating, the English crime fiction writer Somewhat obliquely framed as a courtroom drama followed by a tale of pursuit in which the action mostly takes place offstage, once the pieces fall into place this is a classic Maigret mystery in which the solving of the puzzle seems to take second place to the unravelling of another dark tale of human frailty. From previous books we have learned that Maigret is dissatisfied how things are going at the Quai des Orf vrrs His role has been greatly diminished since the prosecuting magistrate gets involved and ties his hands His famous methods are no longer in vogue, as a policeman of his stature, needs to delegateand be a commander in chief from his desk not out on the streets of Paris In Maigret in Court we find asanguine Maigret no longer just thinking about his future but taking great st From previous books we have learned that Maigret is dissatisfied how things are going at the Quai des Orf vrrs His role has been greatly diminished since the prosecuting magistrate gets involved and ties his hands His famous methods are no longer in vogue, as a policeman of his stature, needs to delegateand be a commander in chief from his desk not out on the streets of Paris In Maigret in Court we find asanguine Maigret no longer just thinking about his future but taking great steps planning and procuring for his retirement.He is ruminating along these lines as he is in court being asked questions about the case he led into a double murder and the suspect being brought to trial.He wonders how in this snapshot of time anything he says can help the jury understand the milieu of the neighbourhood where the crime occurred or the lives of those involved When he needs to look in people s eyes, watch them in situ, understand relationships and the world they inhabit to build his investigation Their backgrounds and dreams into adulthood all must be comprehended and reflected upon He is normally asked for a ten minute summation and testimony when asked to attend court He cannot begin to convey all these things and open a window onto the crime or the defendant.The jury has little chance, as of all the witness testimonies and statements only a brief insight is gained by the lawyers questioning for a truth and outcome they seek.In this case he goes on for nearly an hour, his mind seeing the formal working of the court through eyes of a young server in his childhood church.But his evidence is telling he has no direct opinion of Gaston Meurant s guilt either way he d contend However, the judge is made aware that Maigret has not closed the case he has continued to investigate matters, he even has his men watching in court Something does not sit right with him He doesn t say as much directly but as a result the defendant is acquitted but not before learning some damming truths about his wife s behaviour There is also suspicion raised upon his wife s conduct fortunately, she isn t the one on trial.I really love this novel.It has this reflection by Maigret through his evidence in court The case is back to front The investigation has realised a suspect and he has be committed to trial But the evidence while never conclusive to Maigret, he knows the verdict could equally have been guilty We then have a new dynamic in the investigation and through watching Meurant and his wife following his realise, Maigret plays a waiting game.You can share the frustration he further feels as he is just a spectator for once, directing operations, being kept in touch with events as the net is cast outside Paris It is as though his time to retire is about right for him although his approach and intuition could never be replaced It is what makes Simenon s detective so compelling and human.He sees a possible frame to send Meurant to his execution, a perfect fall guy, whose life has stalled But Maigret greatest insight in why he could not have committed this crime is because he would have murdered his aunt when she was alone He would never have harmed a child in this way Yet it is this very fact that had the papers and public baying for a guilty verdict Something else the great detective will not miss This is a book any fan of Maigret will not want to miss Take a love triangle featuring two brothers and a wife who likes to sleep around, take a relative who s quite old with a quantity of cash hidden in her apartment, take a detective who isn t satisfied that the right man has been charged with a crime, take any one of these concepts and you re sure to find some trashy melodrama written or filmed based around them It takes somebody talented, somebody with a gift, somebody like Georges Simenon, to turn it in to something , something better, some Take a love triangle featuring two brothers and a wife who likes to sleep around, take a relative who s quite old with a quantity of cash hidden in her apartment, take a detective who isn t satisfied that the right man has been charged with a crime, take any one of these concepts and you re sure to find some trashy melodrama written or filmed based around them It takes somebody talented, somebody with a gift, somebody like Georges Simenon, to turn it in to something , something better, something with depth and interesting characters.This is the first Maigret I ve read that feels like it might come close to matching Simenon sserious non Maigret work.H.R.F Keating chose it as the best of the Maigret series in his Crime and Mystery The 100 Best Books and he s quite probably right, I m quietly hopeful that he isn t as I still have over 60 of the series to read and that d would mean I ll be let down by all of tehm from now on.The quality of writing is what stands this head and shoulders above the others that I ve read so far Maigret is a very enjoyable character but with this story we are treated to much , his almost existential fears are on display as he contemplates retirement and the failings of the police judicial system of France in the 50 s His understanding of human nature and especially human weaknesses are second to none, and in this novel Simenon delves further, allowing us to witness his self analysis and doubts over his own actions.The crime in this story seems irrelevant, a mere means to an end the study of the dark side of humanity as seemingly ordinary people behave in ways you wouldn t normally think possible.A note about the cover of the edition I own, the photographs are from the incredibly talented Chris Marker director of La Jetee and Sans Soleil and combine in a collage to create a visual feast of starkly contrasting light and dark set off quite wonderfully by the classic Penguin Crime green Somehow the scan that I added to GR has made it look even better ( Pdf ) ♕ Maigret in Court ♁ In a great courtroom drama, Maigret has to explain why he does not believe that Gaston Meurant was capable of slitting his aunt s throat for money and smothering a small child But in saving him from the gallows, Maigret must expose some dark secrets about Meurant s life Retroland Maigret has to explain why he does not believe that Gaston Meurant was capable of slitting his aunt s throat for money and smothering a small child But in saving him from the gallows Contract Marital, Vol. II: Damian Maigret must expose some dark secrets about Meurant s life This book was published in 1960 along with three others Four books in a year was not an unusual occurrence for Georges Simenon He has claimed that he could write a novel in eleven days Those days were spent locked in a study where he would go into a frenzied trance and live out the book I m not sure I believe him the books I have read of his seem too well written to have been churned out in eleven days He produced something like two hundred novels over his life time, along with another co This book was published in 1960 along with three others Four books in a year was not an unusual occurrence for Georges Simenon He has claimed that he could write a novel in eleven days Those days were spent locked in a study where he would go into a frenzied trance and live out the book I m not sure I believe him the books I have read of his seem too well written to have been churned out in eleven days He produced something like two hundred novels over his life time, along with another couple of hundred novellas and short story collections.I m not so keen on the Maigret novels once the move beyond the 1930 s and 1940 s I haven t been able to discern why not I do like reading them and they are good stories I think it is something to do with the character of Maigret There is something I don t really like about him This something is less obvious in the early novels Perhaps it is his complacency Whatever it is hasn t stopped me buying his books this one is probably the tenth I have read in the series.Simenon despite my slight dislike of Maigret is probably one of my favourite writers This is a fact which caught me unawares one day His crime novels outside the Maigret series are excellent The Maigrets are good but these are in a higher class A particular favourite is Stain on the Snow The Blue Room is also a fantastic book Both of them are sordid, dealing with pettiness and bitterness The crimes are virtually pointless Yet these two books are excellent studies on the human condition The disgusting man from Stain on the Snow becomes something of a hero not because he improves but because the people round are so much worse The events in The Blue Room are being recounted to an examining magistrate investigating the murder of the man s wife He had never meant to kill her, never intended for her to be killed, and yet it s onif you want to read it If you live in a town larger than Douglas it may also be in a bookshop too Great plot It is somewhat atypical because half of the book is set in a courtroom, where we meet the presumed brutal killer of the middle aged woman from higher strata of demi monde and of the little girl who lived with the woman Maigret s testimony changes the almost solved case, because athough responsible for charging the accused he continued his investigations after seeing certain inconsistencies in the behaviour of the accused s sexy wife In the book, then, we do not follow the usual Great plot It is somewhat atypical because half of the book is set in a courtroom, where we meet the presumed brutal killer of the middle aged woman from higher strata of demi monde and of the little girl who lived with the woman Maigret s testimony changes the almost solved case, because athough responsible for charging the accused he continued his investigations after seeing certain inconsistencies in the behaviour of the accused s sexy wife In the book, then, we do not follow the usual path of discovered crime, and the routine investigation Instead, we have the interruption of the presumed finished investigation, and then the real hunt for the criminal Compared to earlier Maigret novels, this one presents advanced crime fiction, focused very much of the subtleties of the crime solving, as well as on the fearlesness and instincts, but also cool head of the chief inspector It is really fascinating how Simenon was not tired of writing about the famous detective, and managed to find fresh material as well as unused paths of writing about it Very good Good one All the Inspector Maigret stories are good only some are even better than others The characters were good as was the ending This was on my regular shelf among many other Maigrets so I thought I had read it before, but not a single thing about it was familiar Ha Just read it again,than three years later and again I didn t remember a thing Not a thing. This is one of my favorites in the series The first half is set in a trial where as a witness Maigret reveals the actions that led to the arrest of a picture framer for the murder of his aunt and a child living with her Some things don t add up however and he casts doubt on his own case before finding the real killer Very atmospheric and witty as usual. One of his best ones.