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L'impiccato di Saint-Pholien (Maigret #4)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  613 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Brema, una notte di fine novembre. In un albergo di infima categoria, un uomo si spara un colpo di rivoltella in bocca sotto gli occhi di Maigret. Da questo suicidio apparentemente inspiegabile, alla cui origine vi sono eventi che rimontano a quasi dieci anni prima, prende le mosse un’inchiesta che porterà il commissario da Brema a Parigi, da Parigi a Reims, e infine a Lie ...more
Paperback, Gli Adelphi - Le Inchieste di Maigret, 109 pages
Published October 27th 1993 by Adelphi (first published 1931)
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Ivonne Rovira
Mar 28, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoughtful mystery lovers
The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien (also published as Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets ) begins with Detective Chief Inspector Jules Maigret following a French suspect in Germany, one who commits suicide within the first few pages. Maigret immediately realizes that, without meaning to, he has caused a certain Louis Genet to shoot himself in the mouth.

This terrible turn of event leads Maigret to try to discover more about this Louis Genet — who turns out to be traveling under an assumed name. As Ma
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Jim
Dec 25, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Georges Simenon is the antidote to all those fussy little mysteries where everything is so clear-cut, and all the detective has to do is waltz between a few suspects until he or she finds the guilty party in a final dash of brilliance. No, there is a kind of Gallic fog about Simenon's Inspector Maigret. Maigret is French to a fault. We start out Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets with a few very discordant facts, and very little idea of whether a crime was committed or, if so, the nature of that cr ...more
Tfitoby
May 08, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early Maigret that doesn't disappoint. Simenon himself was a bit of an enigma and the way he writes Maigret in these early books probably tells you a lot more about how Simenon saw himself than it does about the man who would go on to star in over 70 detective novels. And no more so than this highly enjoyable read.

This is probably as much of a psychological study as Simenon could make his Maigret novels; unlike his other work, his roman durs, Jules Maigret inhabits the lighter side of Simenon
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
My least favorite Maigret so far. As far as I know this one was never filmed, and I can see why. It hurts to give Simenon one star, but this book was uneven. Maybe Simenon was experimenting with the "romans durs" that he would later write, but this novel seems to fall between the two stools of the police procedural Maigret and the "roman dur"--in the most unsatisfactory manner.

I do like the fact that Maigret is not the perfect supercop of modern PP fiction: he makes mistakes, gets the wrong idea
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Nick Jones
I like the Maigret stories. I like Maigret: he has none of the annoying eccentricities of many literary detectives: he is just a cop going about his business in a thoughtful and conscientious way. I’m not sure that he is a more complex character than, for instance, Sherlock Holmes, and, perhaps, like Holmes, he is no more than an accumulation of clear but simple characteristics (his physical bulk, the pipe, etc), but, at least for me, these characteristics come together to form a more realistic ...more
Richard
Dec 26, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
This is a story of a crime committed by a group of students some 10 before; their individual responses in what was joint enterprise means they struggle to get on with their lives. Some have prospered but all carry the guilt and when a man down on his luck kills himself it acts as a new threat to uncover the past. Especially as in the next room was Maigret, who had been observing the man and witnessed his suicide but now has material evidence to solve the crime just weeks before the statute of li ...more
Betsy
Apr 20, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The brevity of these books makes them easy to gobble and they are so worth it! I have enjoyed seeing Maigret develop and the style settle in. This particular book is moody and obsessive, and we follow Maigret in his unstoppable determination to solve a puzzle, but always keeping the consequences of his actions in view. These early books seem to have little of Paris in them. At some point in maigret's career, he spends less time rambling about Western Europe and more allowing readers to get acqua ...more
Catherine
Dec 08, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My character-study-murder-mystery streak continues with Georges Simenon, who writes very concisely about very complex themes and human motivations. This book is a great example of a Maigret mystery, complete with inter-continental sleuthing on trains and seedy hotels, and a huge moral conundrum at the very end. I don't know who came first, Christie's Poirot or Simenon's Maigret, but either way...the Belgians are good at solving mysteries, including those of the human mind!
Tim Diggles
Jul 08, 2014 Tim Diggles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon's second Maigret novel. Quite a strange dark story with a surprising end, or maybe not so. Maigret is working outside his own patch and most of the story takes place in Bremen and Liege, following a chance encounter with a man who is posting a huge amount of cash to Paris and yet looks like a tramp. Simenon was such a great writer it still stands up 80 years after it was written, please penguin or someone lets have some of his 400+ novels published!
Erwin Maack
May 22, 2014 Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O autor consegue trazer seus personagens para uma distância tão pequena de nós, que acabamos por perceber que todos poderíamos agir daquela maneira, pressionado por aquelas circunstâncias, por aquelas pessoas. Enfim, a diferença entre o crime e a virtude se esfarela quase sem surpresa alguma.
Dave
Oct 23, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely the best Maigret I've read, but it loses something towards the end. For the first 90 pages or so, it's the ultimate French mystery--you have no idea where all of this leads, but the characters and situations are so fascinating and odd--the little man who carries around a cheap suit stained with blood, the artist who paints picture after picture of a man hanging outside a church--that you keep reading. The end ties it all together relatively clearly, but so quickly and so clums ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
The least satisfying Maigret I have read. An impossibly complex plot is resolved by a ten-page long confession.
Gary
Georges Simenon said that "every criminal case has a feature of its own, one that you can identify sooner or later and it often provides the key to the mystery." At the center of Simenon's fourth Maigret mystery, The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien, is a haunting series of drawings depicting men hanging from gallows, tree branches, and a church steeple. The pulpy page turner begins with the suicide of a man traveling from Holland to Germany under an assumed name, and then leads Maigret to the discov ...more
Siv30
Mar 20, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
לפני שקראתי את "התלוי מסן- פוליין", קראתי 2 ספרים שונים מאוד מאת סימנון. כל אחד מהם השאיר אותי עם תחושה שונה וחוויות קריאה שונה:

הראשון "מכתב לשופט" היה טוב, אבל לא השאיר אותי נפעמת. הבנתי רציונלית, את הקסם שבכתיבה של סימנון, אבל לא חשבתי שהכתרים שקשרו לו מוצדקים.

השני "הסוד המשותף" היה מפעים! זה הספר שבו התאהבתי בסימנון. בכתיבה המדוייקת, הרגישה, שחודרת מתחת לעור.

לא ידעתי למה לצפות כשלקחתי לידי את "התלוי מסן - פוליין".

"התלוי מסן פוליין" כולל 3 נובלות : ""התלוי מסן - פוליין", "חג המולד של מגרה" ו-"
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Jim Coughenour
A solid three stars for stolid Gallic pleasure. First published in France in 1931, newly translated for Penguin's spectacular Maigret series* (this is #3), another quick fix for fans of Maigret. The plot is, as usual, at an angle from the strict formulae of detective fiction, as embedded in the desperation of ordinary human lives as it is in the hard regimen of suspense. These books are short enough to be read in a lazy evening, and they deliver their drug. This translation by Linda Coverdale is ...more
Filippo Bossolino
May 06, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it really liked it
Il commissario Maigret, vedendo in un bar un ragazzo impacchettare dei contanti e spedirli per posta, decide di seguirlo. Fra treni, frontiere e albergo, assiste al suo suicidio - tra l'altro provocato da Maigret. A questo punto decide di far luce sul gesto e sulla vita di questo ragazzo.

Fra Parigi, Reims, Liegi e Brema si imbatte quindi in alcuni personaggi; uno, poi, è sempre sulla sua strada, qualche minuto prima di lui.

Trama molto particolare, ampio risalto alla psicologia dei vari protagon
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Mark
Aug 23, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One disadvantage of reading a mystery series in order is that the first few books are rarely the best. While I enjoyed the first two novels of the Inspector Maigret series, I had trouble understanding why they are so beloved. With this third novel, The Hanged man of Saint-Phlien, I completely get it. Inspector Maigret resembles modern mystery heroes more than his golden age counterparts in that he bears some of the guilt for the events of the novel. As in an earlier Maigret novel, there's also a ...more
Richard Brand
This is a very complicated story. It is not a mystery book where the read is going to be able to know who did it before the end. There are no clues given that enable the read to be the detective. It is a story that makes it hard ever to know why Maigret does what he does. I guess the writing is quality writing but I have not yet joined that fan club that thinks Simenon is a master detective story writer. I was very disturbed by the fact that the story begins with Maigret stealing from a man his ...more
Tony Fitzpatrick
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Mmyoung
Dec 05, 2010 Mmyoung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, maigret
Simenon packs an amazingly diverse number of characters and settings into this story that begins with Maigret noticing the strange behaviour of another man in a cafe. The rest of the book follows Maigret’s attempts to understand this man’s actions. The writing of many authors have, by the fourth book in a series, already begun to show evidence of falling into a rut. With Simenon, however, one sees how a writer can return to the same character time and again without having the stories themselves ...more
Phillip Kay
Dec 27, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets was first published as Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien in 1931 , and was translated into English by Tony White. This is the second Maigret, and one of the best. It begins when Maigret commits a murder by following a man travelling from Holland to Germany and stealing his suitcase, switching it with another one he has containing old newspapers. Just why he has this suitcase and swaps it with the other is not very clear. When he follows the man to a seedy hotel room, from ...more
Biblioteca
May 24, 2013 Biblioteca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Neogotico vallone

Secondo caso per il Commissario Maigret, nato da un'osservazione casuale (un poveraccio che spedisce per posta un fascio di banconote), causa un suicidio e porta alla luce un vecchio delitto.
Se la trama ha alcuni passaggi apparentemente poco plausibili (come fa un poliziotto francese degli anni 30 a scorazzare tra Francia, Belgio e Germania, partecipando a indagini e ottenendo prove e documenti, cose che tuttora arduo fare in tempi di Interpol, UE e internet?), avvincente e int
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Rosenkavalier
Aug 27, 2012 Rosenkavalier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Neogotico vallone

Secondo caso per il Commissario Maigret, nato da un'osservazione casuale (un poveraccio che spedisce per posta un fascio di banconote), causa un suicidio e porta alla luce un vecchio delitto.
Se la trama ha alcuni passaggi apparentemente poco plausibili (come fa un poliziotto francese degli anni 30 a scorazzare tra Francia, Belgio e Germania, partecipando a indagini e ottenendo prove e documenti, cose che è tuttora arduo fare in tempi di Interpol, UE e internet?), avvincente e in
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Alicia Bien
Feb 03, 2015 Alicia Bien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon's writing is tight and this story compelling. Two qualities I admire. But I read him because I like how he gets into the head of his French characters. This new Penguin translation is very good. I've read several of these new Penguin translations of the Maigret novels, but my favorite is still MAIGRET MYSTIFIED, which will be coming out in its new translation this year or next. Can't wait!
Geoffrey
Dec 03, 2015 Geoffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these early Maigret's. You get a sense how Simenon was developing his ideas about this man and his metier. They say Simenon solves his crimes by getting to know the personalities involved, but it is more than that. He develops empathy, he enters into the criminal's own skin, and from the inside, of course, the solution is obvious. Wonderful.
Adam Moss
Jun 07, 2014 Adam Moss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing and beguiling mystery delivered with panache and no small measure of insight into the darkest of human emotions. Simenon is like no other. His writing brims with texture and draws you in, making even the seemingly insignificant details monstrously large and atmospheric. A fascinating moral tale told as only Simenon can.
Daniel
Jul 28, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Maigret story, this time involving a fetish that completely fits with the time period. The opening chapter of this book is excellent and bizarre. I am impressed by the variety of stories that Simenon has so far told in the first four Maigret books.
Lizzy
I was introduced to the author by a small town bookstore not the person, but as a new author to me to read. I was not disappointed. A very French mystery with a very human inspector. No formulaic writing here. More on a psychological level.
Kenneth
May 05, 2015 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Maigret follows a man on the train to Bremen, Germany and sees him commit suicide. Who was he? And later on Maigret sees the drawings of a hanged man, several in fact. Maigret spends the time in this book discovering the strange connections which lead to the solving of a very strange mystery.
Matt
Dec 28, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon's Maigret novels are always good. This is a particularly good one, with Maigret's characteristic bull in a china shop method of mystery solving, strange unsavory characters, and a bizarre mystery that unravels across years.
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