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Maigret and the Gangsters (Maigret #39)

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L'uomo più funereo della polizia parigina, zimbello della sfortuna, si è cacciato in guai seri. Da anni si lamentava di non avere mai per le mani un'inchiesta sensazionale, una di quelle che procurano lustro e magari una promozione. Ora finalmente gliene è capitata una, e lui si è gettato a capofitto. Ma il "povero Lognon", manco a dirlo, ha fatto il passo più lungo della ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Avon Books (first published 1951)
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Jul 27, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
MAIGRET AND THE GANGSTERS. (1952). Georges Simenon. ***1/2.
A big black car is driven slowly down an avenue in Paris. The car slows down to a crawl and the back door opens. A man’s body is thrown out of the car onto the pavement. The body is found by a local policeman and is reported to the Central Crime Bureau. Detective Lognon is in the area and races to the scene. When he sees what has happened, he runs off to find a phone to call headquarters. When he gets back, the body is gone. We’ve met M.
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Dec 28, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it really liked it
Maigret and the Gangsters was first published in 1952 as Maigret, Lognon et les Gangsters, and was translated into English by Louise Varèse. The gangsters of the title are the American Mafia variety, in Paris to eliminate a witness against them. They have an influential American politician to protect them, and act with callous disregard for the conventions known to French criminals. So many people tell Maigret that these men are dangerous, killers, out of his league, that he should leave the ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Simona rated it really liked it
Ho imparato ad apprezzare Simenon, prima come fine psicologo (vedi "Pioggia nera", "Tre camere a Manhattan" e "L'uomo che guardava passare i treni"), ora anche con le inchieste che hanno come filo conduttore il commissario Maigret.
Oltre alle indagini che sono condotte con sagacia da Maigret, quello che colpisce e calamita l'attenzione del lettore è l'eleganza, la classe, la raffinatezza con cui Simenon delinea i personaggi che fanno da spalla a Maigret.
Oltre a Maigret, impariamo a conoscere an
Egy remek Maigret, amiben Lognon is végre fontos szerephez jut. Mi köze Maigret-nek a gengszterekhez, bérgyilkosokhoz? Hogy kerülnek Párizsba, és mit látott Lognon, kit dobtak ki csak úgy az utcára egy autóból? Mozgalmas és mégis franciásan hangulatos kötet, amiben Maigret megmutathatja, hogy nem csak a pitiáner francia bűnözőkkel képes elbánni, de az igazi amerikai nagyágyúkkal is. Megpihenhetünk a bárpultokat támasztani néhány calvadosra, kökénylikőrre, és ezúttal a gengszter urakra való ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Sasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, own, cape
This one is a romp. Maigret novels centered on Americans tend to be a bit ridiculous, but enjoyably so. This one, at least, is situated in Paris. In the end there is not that much to the story, but enough to be basically satisfying. In the meantime we see Maigret up against more challenging foes than usual.
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I intrested in this collection because i liked the movies where Jean Gabin playing Maigret's character. But unfortunately the novel turned to be an ordinary thriller, hasn't any of the movies' qualities. I know that maybe the one i read wasn't a good example of the whole series, but the basics are clear, modest language, shallow characters, naive plot, akas ordinary thriller.
Apr 12, 2014 Mikee rated it liked it
Shelves: maigret, simenon
Maigret meets the Mafia. An amusing little book. Damn those americans!
May 30, 2016 Dennis added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers to Paris
Recommended to Dennis by: Used book store in Madison, WI
The Good Reads search was not able to locate the English language version of the book I read. The book I read included three short stories: Maigret Hesitates, Maigret's Pickpocket and Maigret and the Killer. Mostly I read this to celebrate trip to Paris. Lots of use of Parisian streets names and depictions of a list of characters and suspects. The stories are written and translated in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Jul 26, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am on a bit of a Maigret bender this summer and these books are a perfect complement to the rather debilitating heat and humidity. They are effortless to read but still leave something with you (even if it is just a hankering to visit those small Parisian bistros that Maigret pops into 3-4 times a day).

Maigret and the Gangsters was not my favorite among these entertaining mysteries, but it was still enjoyable to get a French writer's take on American mobsters c. 1950. Fun.
Jan 16, 2010 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun read, not so much a mystery as the two sides trying to out smart each other, as Maigret has to deal with some american gangsters who are trying to set up shop in Paris.
Always kind of amusing when Maigret deals with anyone from the USA, as you get the feeling Simenon didn't have the highest opinion of us, but rather than be snotty he just pokes fun at the americans.

Feb 03, 2013 Ella added it
There isn't a Maigret I don't like. In this story Simenon takes us inside Maigret's thoughts toward American gangsters roaming the Paris streets and expecting to get away with murder. He's determined to bring them to French justice.
John Frankham
Feb 21, 2016 John Frankham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-detective
Maigret in his familiar Paris milieu trying to solve the mystery of the body of an injured man disappearing after being thrown from a car. Maigret has to deal with three USA crooks in Paris and their different and decisive way of dealing with the police. Masterly as usual.
Paul Jellinek
Mar 01, 2015 Paul Jellinek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simenon changes it up a little with this one by adding a couple of nasty American gangsters to the mix.
Feb 19, 2013 Raul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buenísimo caso de Maigret, muy entretenido. Me gustó el personaje de Lognon, todo un caso. Recomiendo esta novela.
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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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