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Maigret Has Doubts (Maigret #54)

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«E se quella sera Maigret aveva iniziato di colpo a parlare era per distogliere l’amico dai suoi pensieri, certo, ma soprattutto perché la telefonata ricevuta da Pardon aveva risvegliato in lui sentimenti non dissimili da quelli che agitavano il dottore. Non era senso di colpa: Maigret, del resto, detestava quell’espressione. Ma neppure rimorso. Entrambi erano a volte ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Avon Books (first published 1959)
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Sandra
Mar 29, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un Maigret insolito, dedito alle confidenze con il suo amico Pardon, tra un budino di riso e un bicchierino di liquore, ci fa rivivere in differita uno dei casi che ha affrontato tempo prima, un caso che gli ha lasciato una forte amarezza ed ha mosso in lui interrogativi sul suo lavoro. La confidenza del commissario ci svela il tormento che egli ancora sente per come è stato risolto il caso apparentemente semplice, chiarito in quattro e quattr’otto dall’opinione pubblica e dal giudice Coméliau, ...more
Tony
Jul 28, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
MAIGRET HAS DOUBTS. (1959). Georges Simenon. ****.
As you soon discover when reading the Maigret novels, our inspector goes into every case with a clean slate. He has no preconceived notions about guilt or innocence, but is finally swayed only by the evidence discovered in each case. To say that he has doubts is an understatement. Even when all looks really bad for the suspect, Maigret reserves a small portion of his brain to reserve judgement until all the facts are in. In this case, the murder
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Phillip Kay
Dec 31, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it really liked it
Maigret Has Doubts was first published as Vue Confidence de Maigret in 1959, and was translated into English by Lyn Moir. Doctor Pardon, Maigret’s old friend, confides the details of one of his cases after he has entertained the Maigrets to a dinner in his apartment. It is the story of a dying Polish tailor whom he cannot save. Pardon is more concerned about the man’s hysterical wife, needlessly as it turns out. Maigret understands. In turn he tells Pardon about one of his own cases, something ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Dec 03, 2010 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it
Simenon has such a wonderful minimalist style and this book, one of his multitude of Maigret tales, is another great read. The books are better appreciated if read in the original French as some of the dialogue does not quite translate the nuances of speech and shades of meaning. Whether in original or translation, all Maigret stories are well worth the time and this is no exception. Try it for a different approach to the detective genre......nothing fancy, just spare and succinct.
Marti Martinson
May 30, 2016 Marti Martinson rated it liked it
Loved the premise that this was an old murder that Maigret was discussing with a friend. I thought this was going to be the BEST yet. Richly drawn characters, but perhaps too many; intriguing story development, but maybe too many side-stories. I read it as really being unresolved despite a conviction.
Ed
Mar 26, 2010 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As my reading French improves, it is fun to reread Maigrets. This one about a man condemned by the prejudices of others and his own fearful actions is quite poignant, especially as it is told as a tale of Maigret's regret.
Mikee
Mar 30, 2015 Mikee rated it really liked it
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A bittersweet sad little book. Guilty … or innocent? Then there’s the business of Dr Pardon’s patient.
Judi
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This was my first book by Simenon and I was intrigued with the spare, polished Inspector Maigret, who is as mysterious as his cases.
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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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