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L'ombra cinese (Maigret #12)

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«Su un angolo della scrivania c’era, aperto, il bollettino della polizia con le foto segnaletiche di una ventina di ricercati. Quasi tutte facce dai tratti bestiali, che portavano il marchio della depravazione. «“Ernst Strowitz, condannato in contumacia dal Tribunale di Caen per aver ammazzato una contadina sulla strada per Bénouville...”. «E la postilla, in rosso: «“Peric ...more
Paperback, Gli Adelphi - Le Inchieste di Maigret, 143 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Adelphi (first published 1932)
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Georges Simenon's early Maigret mysteries are almost uniformly splendid. Maigret Mystified, originally L'ombre chinois, was published in 1932, side by side with a number of other great titles.

The original French title means "Shadow play," and it was particularly appropriate considering the circumstances of the story. A murder takes place in a courtyard which contains apartments and a medical laboratory. Inspector Maigret concentrates his investigation on the residents of the courtyard, plus two
This is a typical Maigret story. The Chief Inspector has not clear idea and allows the case to unfold before him through patient well structured questoning. It is through understanding people rather than forensic clues. As usual the more notorious less cultured characters appear in the best light; Maigret likes the victim for how he treats others and the most scorn is shown to the more previledged classes. However a crime has been committed and the policeman will not rest until the truth is expo ...more
Andrea Ussy
Simenon non delude mai!
Un racconto molto piacevole, che oltre al classico omicidio, coinvolge amanti, melodrammi in famiglia e i rapporti di buon/cattivo vicinato.
Il tutto reso da uno stile semplice e diretto, che ben si addice al tono della storia.
Bene, davvero!
After reading Simenon's beautifully bleak noir Dirty Snow, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from his long running series of mysteries featuring the character of Jules Maigret. While not necessarily a let down, Maigret Mystified proved to be a pretty standard mystery without that fresh and honest perspective I enjoyed from Dirty Snow. What it does do well- through its cast of characters- is to shine a light on the ways in which the venal sins of pettiness, regret, and jealousy can fester and le ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Non il migliore ma quasi, fra i Maigret letti fino ad ora. In questo episodio, l'attenzione è riposta nelle dinamiche che possono insorgere fra parenti, ex mogli e figli in relazione ad importanti eredità dopo una morte violenta. Per di più ad aumentare maggiormente la tensione di questi personaggi tristi e meschini il tutto viene inserito nel contesto di un condominio in cui emergono ulteriori elementi per dipingere e criticare la società. In questo caso poi l'unico personaggio per cui simpatiz ...more
I think this is one of Simenon's better Maigret books. It has many of the typical features and characters that make the Maigret series so enjoyable. It all starts with the discovery of the body of Mr. Couchet seated in front of his empty safe in a building near the Place des Vosges. Maigret discovers that Mr.Couchet's business success had come after decades of ill-fated commercial ventures. He meets the three women in Mr. Couchet's life : his sour first wife who divorced him because of his earli ...more
Many of the Maigret novels feature the Inspector following a story or strange situation that no one else has the heart to care about. It was sort of refreshing to have him called to the scene of an official investigation. I especially enjoyed the mix of characters in this volume. Here are two especially nice lines:

"'Nine o'clock!' said Maigret. 'You look as if cocaine didn't suit you.'"

"She walked ahead of Maigret with the aggressive dignity of those for whom someone else's irony is the worst
Saji Connor
Il commissario Maigret si trova davanti ad un delitto: un uomo d'affari, ricco imprenditore, viene trovato assassinato nei suoi uffici. Indagando il commissario trova il testamento del defunto che divide il suo consistente patrimonio diviso tra tre donne: la sua prima moglie, la seconda mogle e l'attuale compagna. Suo figlio è estromesso dall'eredità, un ragazzo che è dedito alle droghe e nella vita non fa altro che vivere per drogarsi e chiedere soldi al padre.
Uno di loro è l'assassino, ma chi
Stampato nel 1932, L'ombra cinese si rivela molto più piacevole del primo romanzo avente come protagonista Maigret, ovvero La prima inchiesta di Maigret.
Questa volta il commissario deve occuparsi dell'assassinio di un uomo ucciso in un laboratorio che comunica con un palazzo.
L'elemento più degno di nota è proprio il microcosmo costituito dalla palazzina, con una interessante galleria di personaggi: un ex-ambasciatore e la moglie; una vecchia pazza che urla non appena la sorella la lascia sola pe
Maigret erforscht einen Mord in einem heruntergekommenen Wohnhaus. Und ekelt sich vor dem Milieu. Mehr denn je reicht es ihm, dass er einfach nur da ist und die Täter irgendwann einfach zusammenbrechen.
Christopher Roden
Not read a Maigret mystery for a while, and it was a pleasure to return to him with this splendid little story.
Mindent valahogy régifilmes szépiaszínben láttam-hallottam, franciául, feliratozva. :) Határozottan jó volt. Kár, hogy a szokásos italozás elmaradt, talán ha egy-két sört gurított csak le a felügyelő.
My edition - Maigret Mystified translated by Jean Stewart - Penguin 1964

Brilliant but quite depressing. This is more a tale of misery, jealousy and genteel poverty than a detective story. A marvelous insight into the humane character of Maigret and to Simenon's fantastic knowledge of human nature.

A fairly short book which I re-read in one sitting on a plane journey. I have read pretty well all of the Maigret books and am now trying to read them again but in chronological order.

Not to be missed
Chillingly delightful!
Murder is always unpleasant. Family melodrama is almost always worse. Simenon expertly creates a suffocating unpleasantness for Maigret to wade through. This makes the novel unpleasant to read at times as the reader becomes uncomfortable alongside Maigret. Even so, it's another great Maigret novel and works well precisely because of the authenticity of its unpleasantness. And a plum brandy after finishing the novel feels like exactly what the doctor ordered.
Ronan Mcdonnell
A murder mystery which is thin on mystery. What it lacks in machination it replaces with atmosphere and an understated observation of the quotidian life in Paris of the 20's and 30's
Wotta nice tidy little murder mystery! The usual suspects. Self-obsessed characters. A sweet mistress. Greed. Robbery. Even a crazy sister. What more could you ask for?
Great Maigret mystery with a weird ending. Simenon's ability to create so many vivid characters in such a short book continues to impress me.
I was pleasantly surprised. Despite being written so long ago, it was an interesting mystery and didn't seem very dated.
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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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