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Ο Μαιγκρέ και το ακέφαλο πτώμα (Maigret #47)

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Oι πόρτες του υδατοφράχτη άνοιξαν. Ο Ζυλ πήρε θέση στο τιμόνι. Η προπέλα άρχισε να γυρίζει ανακατώνοντας τον παχύ βούρκο… Ο Ρομπέρ μ' ένα κοντάρι προσπαθούσε να απομακρύνει την πλώρη της φορτηγίδας από τον μόλο… Ένα τράνταγμα, ένας ανησυχητικός θόρυβος από κάποιο γρανάζι. Ο Ζυλ έσβησε τη μηχανή… Τα δύο αδέλφια άρχισαν να γυροφέρνουν ψαχουλεύοντας με τους γάντζους των κοντα ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published November 2006 by Άγρα (first published 1955)
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Tim Niland
Jan 23, 2015 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Simenon was one of the most prolific crime writers of the post-war era, but this was the first one I’ve read. Chief Superintendent Maigret is his most well known character and he takes center stage in this book, being the lead investigator of the Paris police department when a barge on the river dredges up a grisly discovery - first a human torso and then limbs bob to the surface of the water, but the head is never found. Maigret is stumped, and nothing seems to make any sense until he enters a ...more
Unbridled
The Maigret novels are curious examples of 'detective' fiction. Oh sure, there might be a headless corpse, but not much really happens, not even in the resolution (spoiler alert: it's an abrupt ending and they don’t even find the missing head). But it’s there everywhere in the details, the characterizations, the momentum, the pacing, all of it; when you step aside and consider what Simenon is doing in this 'simple' book, his prodigious gift shimmers before you. There is not much more to say exce ...more
Phillip Kay
Dec 31, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maigret and the Headless Corpse was first published as Maigret et le corps sans tête in 1955. It was translated by Eileen Ellenbogen. Body parts of a dismembered corpse are found in the Seine when a coal barge goes aground, and Maigret is called in to investigate. On the very first day he stumbles across the solution, quite by accident. Perhaps for that reason, he feels compelled to investigate the causes of the crime, hidden deep in the past of the people concerned.

Quite unlike most conventual
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Jason
This was the first Maigret novel that I read and I liked it. The plot plays the leading role and Simenon manages to create a mysterious veil around a headless body found in the river. The main characters (apart from Maigret) are quite interesting although not developed as much as I'd hope. In general the novel is quite simple and focuses on the puzzle-solving aspect of the crime, using simple language and nice quotes from Maigret.

Bottomline: A great mystery novel lacking however the noir elemen
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Marie
Jul 07, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret is at his usual best -- and particularly casual, I think -- in The Headless Corpse story. He also becomes personally interested in some of the characters, which added a softening touch to a gruesome tale. Piece by piece, he stitches together the psychological underpinnings of the main characters (suspects). Maybe he was just "in his element" with so much of the action centered around a cafe. As a result, he seemed more tolerant of the suspects than usual. I became more interested in the ...more
Ann
Jan 17, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are well written golden oldies. Maigret is the old fashioned police inspector who is called in to investigate when a human arm is found in the local river. He gets to work and finds the man's identity quickly and efficiently and soon finds the murderer. These books are good but the endings are always very blunt and just finished with no fanfare.
Hayes
Oct 05, 2009 Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
A transport barge cannot move on: something is caught up in the rudder. The two bargemen manage to pull it up from the muddy bottom of the Seine, a slimy mass wrapped in old newspaper and twine. It is the arm of a man. Piece by piece the rest of the body appears. Everything except the head. And who is the murdered man and why has he been brutally chopped into bits?

Maigret discovers all by chance. In fact, in this story he does very little actual detecting, so on that level it's not a very satisf
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Mikee
Nov 29, 2014 Mikee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maigret, mystery, simenon
Intriguing. A murder, discovered by the finding of body parts in a canal, is central to the book, but in fact is of secondary significance to Maigret compared to the history and motivations of the other main characters. Mme Maigret and the ginger cat (particularly the cat) add immeasurably to Maigret's humanity.
Stefanie W
Lecture assez captivante. Le dialogue est intrigant! Mon premier Maigret mais je ne dirais pas non à un prochain.
Bronco Billy
Apr 21, 2015 Bronco Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Très bon. Avec un Maigret qui finit ivre et mélancolique.
Jeffrey
Sep 16, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maigret rocks!
Michelecislo
Feb 13, 2016 Michelecislo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a French Sherlock Holmes and Clue put together. I enjoyed all the Paris references!
alessandra falca
Secondo Maigret finito. Ma quanto beve il commissario? Sarà che l'azione di questo giallo è ambientata in un bistrò sul canale, ma Maigret è un forte bevitore: birre, superalcolici e caffè.
Mi diverte molto il tratteggio dei personaggi, mi diverte molto il commissario in se stesso. Sono invece poco presa dalla storia. Grande scrittore Simenon. Poca azione ma tante emozioni sottaciute, nascoste, negate. Alla fine un bel libro. Come un quadro di Toulouse-Lautrec.
joey
Dec 09, 2009 joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
With one exception--Maigret's coincidental entering of the bistro belonging to the victim in Chapter One--the deft storytelling, keen characterizations, and penetrating descriptions of the seemingly superficial--transcend genre fiction, making this not only a satisfying entertainment but a fascinating psychological study. I can't wait to read the others.
Cindy
Sep 04, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: Dad
Shelves: mysteries, series, 2012
Another one that belonged to my dad. Quick read, I'd probably give it 3.5 stars, but I like Maigret.

A little dated, or maybe just a little French. The coroner mentions the dead man's liver, stating that he wasn't an alcoholic, but he probably had a drink every hour - or maybe every half hour!
Scilla
Feb 15, 2009 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written mystery. An arm shows up in a canal in Paris, and Maigret is called in. Although the head is not found, Maigret uses missing clues and psycological analysis to figure out who the murdered man was and why he was murdered.
John
Apr 05, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with a lot of Maigret stories, who actually committed the murder is less important than why it was committed.

Maigret's need to understand the protagonists motives, feelings and background give the story a masterly human touch.
Doug Duea
Apr 10, 2011 Doug Duea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries
I read this book in the original French. I enjoynhis books--the mysteries are straightforward and the crimes are cleared up nicely at the end. This book was no exception...good read.
Liliana
I love Maigret and his compassion. Simenon's ability to delve deep into a character and present him to us compassionately is what draws me to these books.
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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 more than two dozen pseudonyms. Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.

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