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La Nuit du carrefour (Maigret #7)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  799 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Georges Simenon's riveting tale of deception in an isolated community, part of Penguin's series of new Inspector Maigret translations

"She came forward, the outlines of her figure blurred in the half-light. She came forward like a film star, or rather like the ideal woman in an adolescent's dream. 'I gather you wish to talk to me, Inspector . . . but first of all please sit
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Paperback, 189 pages
Published 2004 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 1931)
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Sandra
Sep 19, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Un Maigret anomalo. Non mi ero mai imbattuta in una sparatoria finora, non ricordo di aver mai letto del commissario con in mano una pistola e che la usi pure. Questa è la prima eccezione. Poi c’è in questo breve romanzo anche un pizzico di horror, che pure non è tipico dei Maigret. Per dire, il titolo del libro, Il crocevia delle tre vedove, deriva da tre vedove, madre e due figlie, che avevano abitato una casa aristocratica, una specie di vecchio maniero, in totale solitudine e vi erano state ...more
Jim Coughenour
My least favorite so far of the recent batch of Penguin re-translations of Simenon's Maigret novels. I'm not faulting Linda Coverdale, the much-appreciated translator of Jean Echenoz among others. It was the story that decayed – character by character, half-life by half-life – until the bitter end. The mystery wasn't much, but it took far too many pages to explain it to its restive perpetrators (à la Hercule Poirot). No one cared. It was one dull dénouement.

I did like the bitter end, if only for
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John Frankham
Nov 28, 2013 John Frankham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Re-read this again, having just seen the latest ITV Maigret based on this. Good television, but almost completely changed the plot. Different villain (a corrupt policeman), complete loss of the atmosphere created by Simenon with three roadside buildings close to the Three Widows Crossroads, with three groups of protagonists, and the brilliant solution and denouement is dismissed with a wimper. Disappointing, when the Simenon plot was so taut and tense, and brooding.

My original review:

A stunningl
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 10, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Andersen was a Dane wealthy enough to own his own airplane, but he has left his country to seek a quiet life in France. He and his sister Else spent a month in Paris and then rented a country house in an area near Arpajon called the Three Widows Crossroad. For three years, they lived as recluses, with Carl emerging only to get groceries and drop off the upholstery patterns he designed. Their isolation is interrupted when Carl’s jalopy of a car turns up in his neighbor’s garage. When the pol ...more
Megan
Can I have Else's black velvet dress?
Tony
NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS. (1931; trans. 2014). George Simenon. ***.
This novel by Simenon featured Chief Inspector Maigret, although he was not mentioned in the title. Later, when he had become famous, his name was always included in the title of the book to boost sales. The story here is sensationalistic, full of central casting stereotypes and almost absurd motivations and dialog. It all starts when a man is found dead in a car parked in a garage of one of three houses that comprised the neighbo
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pierlapo  quimby
I toni lugubri e spettrali dei primi capitoli svaniscono come fantasmi indirizzando il romanzo, dopo momenti di pura azione con sparatorie e inseguimenti, verso un epilogo sorprendentemente farsesco e quasi comico.
Che strano.
Jose Ignacio
After a seventeen hours interrogation, Detective Chief Inspector Maigret had no option than to set the detainee free, a Danish aristocrat named Carl Andersen. He came to France three years ago along with his sister Else Andersen. After a month in Paris, they rented a country house at a place called the Three Widows Crossroads, close to Arpajon, on the main road from Paris to Étampes. For the last three years, they have lived there quite isolated and without any contact with their neighbours. He ...more
Fil
Jan 27, 2016 Fil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001-challenge
Questo romanzo appartiene alla lista 1001-libri e, per questo motivo, mi aspettavo molto. Sono rimasto deluso.
E' un buon giallo. Consigliato solo agli appassionati del genere.

Nelle prime pagine si nota il solito stile elegante di Simenon, che però tende stranamente a perdersi in azioni e sparatorie, non presenti spesso nelle sue opere.

Altri gialli di Maigret hanno chiare tematiche, come la vecchiaia, la politica, il giornalismo. Questa no. E' una delle opere di Simenon che assomiglia più ai gial
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Dvora
Jul 06, 2014 Dvora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Although I consider myself a Simenon fan (for the Maigret stories, that is) I reluctantly admit that I did not like this one. There is usually at least one endearing character you can get behind and sometimes a whole lot of them, or the plot is good. Nothing of that here, at least in my opinion. I don't know if incomplete sentences (with no subject or no verb, or both... The crimson chair, the open window.) are acceptable in French but I find them annoying in English. It could be he wrote all hi ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Lo ritengo ad oggi il Maigret che più mi ha convinto, per tutta una serie di motivi; in primis per la trama di gran lunga più "effervescente" di quelle fino ad ora affrontate, poi per il fatto che (soprattutto dalla metà in poi) ci sia una discreta fase d'azione, aspetto non sempre scontato nei romanzi di Simenon, e infine la caratterizzazione esemplare di tanti dei protagonisti, "fratelli" Anderson, l'assicuratore, la moglie, il meccanico ecc…

Per chi, diversamente da me, ha soltanto l'esigenza
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Charles Dee Mitchell
This is a workmanlike performance by Simenon. Maigret reports to the sparsely inhabited countryside outside Paris to investigate an improbable scenario. The cast of characters ranges from mysterious to comic, and most anyone could be guilty of the murder that sets things in motion. There’s another killing and two attempted murders. Maigret works it out, and spends too many pages at the end explaining the crimes to the perpetrators, who, despite the baroque elements of the situation, mostly turn ...more
Christine Cody
Nov 06, 2016 Christine Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another remarkable study of the human condition: Maigret and his colleagues investigate a strange crime that had occurred at an isolated crossroads where three very disparate households sit equidistant from each other. Simenon was such a genius, with his ability to explore the human psyche in criminal settings and in spare, simple prose...each time I read one of his novels, I'm astounded yet again.
Rhys
Aug 27, 2014 Rhys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to the 'Maigret' novels and this is the ninth I have read so far. It's much more action packed than the others I have read, involving lots of shootouts. The atmosphere is incredible. The setting of an isolated crossroads junction (with a garage and only three houses) that is nonetheless on a busy road is amazing. Simenon really had a special talent.
Tim Boudreau
featuring an Italian named Guido Ferrari!

lolracism
Alec Moody
May 07, 2017 Alec Moody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing television version of this book I decided to give it a try, I wasn't disappointed. The plot is very much the same as the television version, but the book has a darker feeling to it. I will definitely being reading more of Georges Simenon's books.
Carlo
Sep 25, 2016 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, mystery, belgium, ebook
Sebbene non lontano da Parigi, il crocevia del titolo è un non luogo sperso nella pianura, fra campi coltivati e scialbi paesini senza personalità. Insomma, uno di quei postacci prediletti da Simenon per ambientarci le sue storie di umanità avida e degradata, quella che in questo romanzo si spartisce le tre abitazioni che si fronteggiano sull’incrocio: l’autorimessa condotta da un sanguigno ex pugile, la villetta piccolo borghese di un commesso viaggiatore e la vecchia e grande casa, segnata da ...more
Richard
Nov 04, 2010 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Book seven in the new Penguin editions using a more modern translation of these classic Maigret novels.
Night at the Crossroads by George Simenon translated by Linda Coverdale.
This was already one of my favourite stories from an earlier version and it was good to re-read it.
When reading these books one needs to remember the time they were written and originally published. 1931 is another world today and even one I didn't personally inhabit. However, I do remember Jimmy Cagney movies and the Bonni
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Tony Fitzpatrick
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Steven
May 02, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have become addicted to Georges Simenon, and while I appreciate the Maigret crime novels somewhat less than the "psychological" books, this is a sensationally entertaining early Maigret (#7, published in 1931). It features one of the most sordid cast of characters in any of the dozen or so books I have read thus far, and they are all expertly drawn with an enviable economy. The plot has to do with a gang of jewels thieves that swiftly draws in more and more participants, so that by the end of ...more
Colin
My first Maigret! Penguin are reissuing all the Maigret books in new translations by Linda Coverdale over the next few years, and the beautifully designed paperbacks caught my eye and persuaded me to try one. I get the impression from reading other reviews that Night at the Crossroads is not perhaps an entirely typical Maigret novel, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I liked the succinct precision of the prose, the effortless storytelling and the simple but effective characterisation. I also loved ...more
Richard Brand
This was the weirdest and most complicated and in my opinion, silliest, of the Maigret stories. It gave the appearance of a contrived situation and a psychological challenge. Simenon once said that the felt compelled to produce a Maigret story once a year, and for me this seemed to be a forced project. We had lots of people with a lot of different kind of needs and temptations. The center is an attractive seductress with a number of small time chiefs, fences, and drug smugglers all interwoven in ...more
Geoffrey
This is Maigret #7 (and not #6 as sometimes stated), by now well into canon Maigret. As someone who writes, I know how one struggles to find ways to keep stories fresh, even when working within a pre-defined field. Simenon does this by varying venue, many of his stories take place outside Paris, but especially through the quirky characters he introduces into his stories. This novel is a brilliant example of Simenon's use of quirkiness, both in the apparent portrait of the crime committed as pres ...more
Joanna
Feb 25, 2017 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein weiter Fall für Kommissar Maigret. Und auch dieses Buch hatte alles, was ich an Maigret zu schätzen gelernt habe. Eine düstere Stimmung, ein spannender Fall und ganz viel Stimmung. Von Anfang an habe ich mitgerätselt, was für mich zu einem Krimi einfach dazu gehört. So falsch lag ich übrigens gar nicht! Maigret selbst überrascht mich immer wieder. Er wirkt oft so zurückhaltend, dass ich oft vergesse, dass er auch ganz anders kann. Aber das gehört wohl zu seinem Metier und er macht das richti ...more
Bernard Norcott-mahany
I'm afraid that I'm one of the people who don't quite get Maigret. They always come across as sort of police procedurals, sort of cozies, with a little homespun psychological reflections tossed in. They don't seem to have much depth. I liked this better than most because 1) there wasn't a lot of rain (it's always raining in Maigret's world, it seems) and 2) the night scenes had a certain amount of drama to them.
I mainly read this book so I'll be ready if ever I get to see the Jean Renoir film b
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jennifer
A dead man is found sitting in a new car inside Carl Andersen's garage.The car belongs to Andersen's neighbor, who says it was stolen from him in the night and replaced by Andersen's old beater. Which makes Andersen look like a very dumb criminal, and a weird person in general as he has a bizarre relationship with his sister, who also heard nothing the night a car and dead man were put in the Andersen's garage.
This is my second Maigret and I like how Simenon's style moves from what begins like a
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David
Jun 17, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not resist the $2.99 price, but should be ashamed of myself for not getting it from the library instead. Anyway, as with any Inspector Maigret mystery, it was a good read. Full of improbable weirdness, but that's part of the charm. Another part is all the sandwiches and beer that Maigret and his colleagues order when working on a case. There is really no good reason why I should love Maigret, but I just do. In the middle of reading several other books, all of which are quite good, and with ...more
Michael
Dec 22, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this short novel after viewing several episodes of the PBS series with Michael Gambon. I wanted to do a little comparison of the genres.
The novel was way more theatrical, even melodramatic than the TV series. This was early Maigret and Simenon had not yet found his mature style. Still enjoyable for the concise prose and subtle psychological portraits.
If you have not seen the Gambon series I recommend that you do. Gambon is a masterful actor and his Maigret is kindly and sympathetic. I
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Carl
Jan 08, 2017 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret is called to investigate a strange murder. Cars switched overnight between two garages. Dead body in one of them.

Complicated plot, but a very good one. The crossroads garage doubles as a smuggling point. Trucks carry drugs/diamonds etc in their spare tires--make pick-ups and exchanges at the gas station. Murdered man is a diamond dealer. Sister of Carl Anderson turns out to be his wife. He is enamored with her daring life. Lots of gunfire. Carl gets shot twice in one day and survives th
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Jeff
Jul 22, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I thought it was about time I tried an Inspector Maigret book, so I read this one which was given to me free at this year's Crimefest.

The story revolves around the occupants of three properties which are located at a remote crossroads near Paris. A murdered man is found in a car, and it's not long before there's a second murder. It's up to Maigret to work out what's going on.

Very atmospheric. I particularly liked the rather irascible character of Maigret. I'll definitely read another one.

I rea
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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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