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

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  998 Ratings  ·  108 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
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Published January 22nd 2012 by Adelphi (first published 1931)
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Ivonne Rovira
Mar 23, 2014 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
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a train journey, Inspector Maigret espies a shifty, nervous young man guarding a battered old suitcase with odd intensity. Maigret judges the man suspicious and so follows him, then at an opportune moment let’s a strange curiosity gets the better of him and switches the man’s suitcase for a lookalike. Later though he witnesses the man open the new case and be so horrified by what he finds – or what he doesn’t find – that he immediately blows his brains out. But when Maigret opens the real cas ...more
Dec 25, 2010 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
Au terme d'une mission accomplie à Bruxelles, Maigret, intrigué par un individu suspect aperçu dans un petit café de la ville, le suit jusqu'à son arrivée à Brême où l'inconnu, qui s'appelle Jeunet, se suicide en constatant qu'on a substitué à sa valise une autre toute semblable. Maigret, qui avait procédé à cette substitution pendant le voyage en train, s'aperçoit que la valise de Jeunet contient de vieux vêtements tachés de sang.

4* Pietr the Latvian (Maigret, #1)
3* The Carter of 'La Providenc
May 08, 2012 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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Questo romanzo, il quarto della serie del commissario Maigret, è stata una lettura molto coinvolgente ed amara. Simenon, con uno stile quasi dimesso, ci precipita nel grigiore della provincia olandese, con ambientazioni povere, squallide, così lontane dai fasti dei viali parigini.

Anche i personaggi sono falsi, ambigui, nervosi e l’inchiesta del commissario procede con fatica in questo clima teso e misterioso, a volte quasi da dramma psicologico più che da romanzo giallo.

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3.5 stars

This is my favorite Maigret thus far. I really enjoyed this one and it really deserved a 3 and a half stars from me. This is the 4th book in the series and I have about 71 more to go.
Second sad story in a row. I guess you can pity criminals here too. Only I'm not sure they are even criminals but they were sufficiently punished by life for their crime. This is the story about four sad men half of which went crazy from unbearable guilt.
Maigret here is always late until he comes on time.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poignant and moving examination of suicide and youthful idealism again showing there is much more to Georges Simenon's Maigret series than simple detective stories. Excellent.
Rafa Sánchez
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimen
Otra magistral muestra de dominio del género por Simenon. Maigret es un gran tipo, el policía que sufre con los delincuentes.
John Defrog
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited when Penguin started reprinting all of George Simenon’s Maigret novels, but the first in the series, Pietr the Latvian, indicated that the early Maigret novels were somewhat unpolished compared to the later novels where Maigret had matured as a character. I needn’t have worried – this fourth novel is classic Maigret, where the focus is more on the psychology of the characters than pulp detective action. The story begins when Maigret follows a man acting suspiciously and inadvertent ...more
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
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
Jan 25, 2014 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
Oct 22, 2009 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
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
Apr 18, 2015 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
Dec 08, 2014 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!
Erwin Maack
May 22, 2014 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.
pierlapo  quimby
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francofoni, maigret
In cui accade che in seguito ad alcuni inattesi e penosi eventi Maigret si sentì stringere il cuore da qualcosa che assomigliava a un rimorso, il che, lasciatemelo dire, assomiglia a una rivelazione.
Charles Dee Mitchell
The least satisfying Maigret I have read. An impossibly complex plot is resolved by a ten-page long confession.
De jól esett ez a Maigret-kedvelő kis lelkemnek. :)

Hamarosan poszt is.
"A truly wonderful writer...marvellously readable-lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates."- Murial Spark.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a conundrum. First Maigret begins following a man he feels is doing something illegal, but he has no idea what. He inadvertently causes this man's suicide. During the ensuing investigation he encounters three men who are somehow connected to each other and to the dead man. Maigret knows they are guilty of something, but what?

Things begin to get dangerous for the Inspector as he travels the streets of Liege.

I was perplexed and a little upset by this story, but Inspector Maigret pre
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
I just couldn't get myself to give a Maigret only one star. But I can't say there was much about it that I liked. I love Inspector Maigret, who doesn't conform to so many of the other detectives (police and private) who inhabit the world of mystery writing. I like to read the stories partly for the plots, but more so for the characters that turn up and the settings. Some people read travel literature for the vicarious pleasure of travel; I read Maigret and I'm in Paris or Marseilles, or some pod ...more
Erin Britton
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fleeting suspicion leads to Maigret trailing a shabby traveller across Europe until the unfortunate man’s suicide prompts the Inspector to dig into his quarry’s past and uncover a secret that has been festering for nearly a decade. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien is the third Inspector Maigret novel and it is another excellent piece of detective fiction from Georges Simenon. The reasons for Maigret’s dogged investigation are very personal this time but his deductive reasoning is as sharp as ev ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 1931 Maigret. In this plot Maigret is inadvertently implicated in a bizarre suicide and feels he must understand why it happened. Rather than focus on a single character, this book focuses on a group of men who behave in ways that Maigret tries to understand. This gives the story a somewhat different structure than those focused on one person. It was very engaging and as usual Simenon captures the sense of place and people's character beautifully. The plot summary in the last two chapter ...more
Linnea Gelland
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret gets into a spot of trouble when he seems to cause a man to commit suicide. Racked by guilt, Maigret sets out to find out who the man was and what really drove him to such a desperate act. But a mysterious salesman called van Damme keeps popping up and anticipating his every move. What does the dead man and van Damme have in common, and who owned the blood spattered costume that Maigret finds in the dead man's cheap bag?

A thrilling ride from start to finish with both humour and a dark un
Rodolfo Fioribello
Cosa devo dire? Piaciuto molto.
Temi ricorrenti sono il disvelarsi delle vere identità delle persone per bene e questo senso marinettiano del movimento legato ai treni che attraversano il nord Europa.
In questa avventura è forte il richiamo ai valori morali e al senso di colpa, veri motori e protagonisti del romanzo, mentre Maigret resta quasi sullo sfondo, agendo solo nel finale per dare un senso compiuto alla storia di crimine e redenzione
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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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