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Maigret Bides His Time (Maigret #64)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  223 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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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Nov 19, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MAIGRET BIDES HIS TIME. (1965). Georges Simenon. ****.
I always look forward with pleasure to reading a novel featuring Inspector Maigret. This one did not disappoint. Following a series of smash and grab burglaries at Paris jewelry stores, Maigret visits with a former gang boss, now retired, Manuel Palmari. Palmari was known in the past as an efficient organizer of thugs who would do his dirty work for him, while he was in charge of organizing the jobs. He had been retired for several years, and
Dana Clinton
Once in a while I just need to read a new Maigret mystery in French, altrhough I notice on my Shelfari list that quite a few people have read this one in English. Maigret it not far from retirement (rather like myself!) and beginning to look forward to it. But for the past twenty years, he has been unable to unravel what is behind a long string of jewelry store robberies, in spite of some reluctant "help" from a marginal criminal named Manuel Palmari, un wheelchair bound invalid seriously injure ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, mysteries, simenon
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
May 07, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Phillip Kay
Dec 31, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it liked it
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
Laura Verret
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…

Feb 15, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2011 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Oct 05, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maigret
Wel in het Nederlands gelezen met als te verwachten titel: 'Het geduld van Maigret'. Een hele goede. Interessant plot.
May 25, 2016 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as it gets. Pure mysteries. Written by an expert with pride, not dollar signs dancing in his eyes.
Ed Teja
Feb 18, 2014 Ed Teja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done. An engaging book as well as an interesting mystery.
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Apr 10, 2013 Ted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Maigret's sneaking affection for a paralyzed criminal Manuel Palmari propels him to pursue his murderer despite the mastermind's involvement in a current jewel robbery.

A TV series was made based on this book and it's available at YouTube.
Jul 18, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 27, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every few years I try another Maigret story only to be reminded that I much prefer Simenon's non-Maigret stories.
Aug 29, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Esperaba algo mucho más emocionante y pues no, la verdad no me gustó nada, ni el detective, ni el caso ni nada.
this is my first Maigret. I liked the beginning of the book but found it dragged towards the end.
Oct 19, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jan 05, 2013 Katherine Jensen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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