Maigret Bides His Time
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Maigret Bides His Time (Maigret #64)

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Maigret's longest-running case involves two decades of jewelry heists, a generation of conspiracy, and the revelation of a long-buried secret from World War II. “[Simenon could] turn the simplest of romans policiers into a moving and memorable form of art.” — The Times (London) “[Maigret's investigation] is a bittersweet elegy for the glory days of both thief and cop.” — C...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 16th 1992 by Mariner Books (first published 1940)
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This is of about the same vintage as Maigret Hesitates, the one that put me off Simenon for a few years because it was so nastily misogynist. When I realized that, I almost put the book down, but by then I was pretty hooked. It's a good story, moves quickly, and much more in the humane, gritty-but-nonjudgmental vein that I liked so much in the earlier Maigret stories I'd read. Women can certainly be villains in the world Simenon shows us, but it's because they're human, not because they're women...more
Even late in his career, Georges Simenon could write great Maigret novels -- in his sleep, if necessary! Maigret Bides His Time (in French: Patience de Maigret) is about a series of grab-and-run jewelry robberies that has bedeviled the French police for some twenty years. The curious thing is that Superintendent Maigret knew who planned the robberies all along: A wheelchair-bound Corsican cripple named Manuel Palmari. It's just that he didn't know the entire cast of characters and how they inter...more
Manuel, the murdered man, was a big boss in the French underworld, and his live-in girlfriend Aline is determined to be hostile to Maigret as he begins to investigate the crime.
"Maigret had known Manuel at different stages of his career, and although they were on different sides of the fence, subtle, almost indefinable bonds had formed between the two men. Could it be said that the Superintendent respected the former proprietor of the Clou Doré?...Judging the man impartially, the experienced in...more
Phillip Kay
The Patience of Maigret was first published as La Patience de Maigret in 1965. It was translated into English by Alastair Hamilton. The story is about a 20 year series of jewel thefts which have baffled the police. At the centre of things is an ex slum boy, Palmari, who has become an underworld king pin, with whom Maigret nevertheless feels a certain affinity. Now someone has shot Palmeri, confined to a wheelchair after surviving a previous attack, someone close to him, and Maigret is on the cas...more
Maigret has been watching the daylight jewel robberies for over twenty years. There is a pattern to them. A pattern, and, Maigret is convinced, a connection. Oh, sure, the petty robbers are caught from time to time. But Maigret is convinced that there is a central brain behind the heists. He knows Manuel Palmari knows far too much about the crime world to be considered an innocent. And when Palmari is found dead – shot – Maigret wonders if maybe Palmari wasn’t the main player behind the game…

Maigret's methods are clearly demonstrated in this late entry in the series. His use of unrelenting logic and analysis, overlain and guided by his experience, gives even the most professional of criminals no chance of long term success.
Jill Hutchinson
Another winner is Simenon's Maigret series.........his stories are a joy to read because there are no frills or excess. Just straight to the point narrative which is still descriptive enough for you to smell the spring air in Paris and enjoy a wine with Maigret at the local brasserie. In this tale, Maigret takes on the murder of an old adversary who he had been investigating for years but with whom he had a grudgingly friendly relationship.
In Simenon's books, there usually is no mystery as to wh...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
La casa del giudice é uno dei gialli di Maigret che preferisco. L'intensità della narrazione e la complessità della trama ci riportano ai grandi romanzi di Simenon. Di questo libro, ho amato soprattutto l'atmosfera piovosa e ovattata della Vandea. Le usanze della gente nata e cresciuta nei villaggi costieri, le tradizioni secolari, la saggezza e l'armonia con la natura. Il rispetto per il mare, tanto amato e fonte di sopravvivenza quanto temuto. Villaggi in cui la vita sembra scorrere seguendo i...more
Ed Teja
Very well done. An engaging book as well as an interesting mystery.
This novel, published in 1965, is one of 75 novels featuring the Parisian detective Jules Maigret that Georges Simenon wrote between 1931 and 1972. From more information about the series, see the Wikipedia article at I particularly enjoyed the dialogue among the characters. This story, at least, is not for a reader seeking action, gore, or sex.
Considering the speed at which Simenon knocked out books, it is amazing that they are so good. I really enjoyed this one.

It's not just the plot but the psychology of Maigret and his perception of human nature that is so brilliant.

I found an old omnibus of 6 Maigret novels for a quid in a charity shop, three of which I hadn't read, so I've been having a bit of a Maigret fest.
I tracked down and read every single one of these novels by Georges Simenon, some in French. Not an easy task, but these books are delightful musings on French culture with some mystery added to the mix. Loved them.
Every few years I try another Maigret story only to be reminded that I much prefer Simenon's non-Maigret stories.
Esperaba algo mucho más emocionante y pues no, la verdad no me gustó nada, ni el detective, ni el caso ni nada.
Curious about the writer, gave the audio a try. Not compelling enough to try another.
Oh the perfect mystery. Read it on the plane during my holiday travels.
Katherine Jensen
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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.

He is best known, however, for his 75...more
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