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Maigret Hesitates (Maigret #68)

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Four intriguing cases from the files of the famous French detective, Jules Maigret: "Maigret goes to School", "Maigret and the Old Lady", "Maigret Hesitates" and "The Patience of Maigret". These full-cast dramatizations have been specially adapted for the radio from Simenon's original novels.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Mariner Books (first published 1968)
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it text

Αν και διαβάζω αστυνομική λογοτεχνία πάνω από μια δεκαετία τώρα δεν είχα αγγίξει ποτέ τους συγγραφείς που θεωρούνται «κλασσικοί» του είδους. Εκτός από τον Arthur Conan Doyle και την Agatha Christie οι υπόλοιποι συγγραφείς που επέλεγα ήταν πάντοτε σύγχρονοι. Έτυχε να πέσει στα χέρια μου μια δερματόδετη έκδοση το
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
“ Signor Divisionario,
non la conosco personalmente, ma ciò che ho letto delle sue inchieste……
Un assassinio sarà commesso fra non molto, probabilmente fra qualche giorno. Forse da qualcuno che conosco, forse da me. Non le scrivo per impedire il tragico evento. Esso è in certo qual modo ineluttabile. Ma vorrei che, quando il fatto si verificherà, lei sapesse…”
Comincia così la nuova inchiesta di Maigret, che ci porta con lui in una ricca famiglia parigina, in cui sotterranei sentimenti di odio, gel
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
MAIGRET HESITATES. (1969). Georges Simenon. ***1/2.
We’ve seen this lead-in event used before by Simenon, but it works again in this novel. “Maigret one day receives an anonymous letter written on extravagantly splendid stationery. Without giving further details, it states that a murder will be committed shortly and pleads for Maigret’s help.” What makes all of this interesting is that no clue as who, what, or why of the up-coming crime is given in the letter. Further complications occur when add
Tout Simenon:
Une lettre anonyme avertit Maigret qu'un crime sera commis prochainement ; une recherche rapide conduit la police à la certitude que le papier provient du domicile de l'avocat Parendon.

Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una misteriosa lettera anonima, scritta su una raffinata e rara carta da lettere, cattura l’attenzione di Maigret che si intrufola in una famiglia altoborghese minacciata, a detta dell’anonimo mittente, da un prossimo delitto.

Per più di metà del romanzo il delitto non avviene ancora e Maigret approfondisce solo la conoscenza con gli abitanti della casa in cui lui è decisamente fuori posto.

Il delitto infine avverrà, lasciando l’amaro in bocca al nostro eroe per non averlo potuto evitare.

Etienne Mahieux
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est assez court, même pour un roman policier, et la solution s'avère d'une simplicité et d'une logique qui pourraient laisser une piètre idée du génie du commissaire Maigret. Or c'est tout le contraire. Alerté par une lettre anonyme qui annonce l'imminence d'un meurtre, Maigret traîne dans l'hôtel particulier d'un fameux avocat, maître Parendon, incapable d'empêcher quoi que ce soit. Aux deux tiers du livre, arrive l'inévitable, et la solution n'a plus qu'à tomber de l'arbre comme un fruit bie ...more
Phillip Kay
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Maigret Hesitates was published as Maigret hésite in 1968: it was translated into English by Lyn Moir. A finely told tale of suspense, with the culprit, though, obvious well before the end. Maigret is in high society and Simenon portrays a lawyer’s unusual family with much acuteness. The crime involves a famous clause of the French penal code, Article 64: “there is no crime or misdemeanour if the accused was in a state of dementia at the time of the act, or if he was driven to it by an irresisti ...more
Kevin Black
(8/2013) Probably read this 10 years ago. Enjoyed it. First Maigret novel. In Esperanto translation from French.
Update 9/19/2013. Finished it last night. I had forgotten it almost completely, so it still worked as a mystery. That's what this book is best as, anyway. It was a page-turner, and besides the characters are, or at least Inspector Maigret is, far from unidimensional.
The book is of considerable interest to a psychiatrist, because one of the main characters' "obsession" or "hobby" is
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I'll read a few of the more recently published mystery novels every year, but I find that they seem to lack some of the insight into character that I find with Simenon. The mystery in this particular book is no great shock, but it does have some great dialog between Maigret and the family and staff of an aristocratic household. This one also has the usual references to the wines that Maigret enjoys during the meals as he's on a break, which might not necessarily be absolutely necessary for the s ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maigret fans, lovers of Paris, amateur psychologists
Maigret may hesitate to name the murderer, but it was clear to me who done it as soon as the murder actually happened. That did not short-circuit my enjoyment, however, since the process of discovery itself was revealing. I found this book tightly plotted and well paced, with some strongly sympathetic characters. Before the end, one even sympathizes with the difficult and unlikeable ones.
It is an unusual Maigret in that Maigret deeply grieves the death of the person who is do we. T
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Not really what i expected, somehow. I was expecting something more in the type of police fiction genre. Here we have Maigret visiting a family having been warned that a murder may take place. Then half way through the book, the murder takes place. Then, after one witness appears, we have the murderer. Not sure what the story was. No twists, no turns, just an odd discussion on whether insanity is a good defense. Easy enough read, but I didn't think it was genre-bending or genre-leading. Back to ...more
Ray Akerboom
If you like the atmosphere of the Boulevards of Paris and those who live in it, here is a mystery for you. Enough to envoke a new French Revolution, you can really start to dislike these new aristocrats of money. And Arrogance. At the end at least one deserves the quillotine! The murder is announced beforehand, so Maigrait first has to puzzle who it is that is going to be murdered. And when he can't prevent that, it seems to be rather easy to quess who did it. But is is the real Paris atmosphere ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very different from any other Maigret that I have read, and I've read most of them. The fertility of Simenon's imagination and his ability to turn it into words on paper is awesome. Not only that but he can do it in half the amount of words of pretty well anyone else.

The reader is right inside Maigret's head throughout the whole of the investigation. From the moment he receives the first anonymous letter, his feeling of dread is palpable.

Very strange but very good.
Lucy Barnhouse
This murder-is-announced narrative takes place against the backdrop of the social change of the mid-1960s, and on the cusp of a Parisian spring. Unusually for a Maigret, elements of characterization felt incomplete to me (maybe I was just missing nuances.) As always, Simenon's precise, evocative language is a delight.
Matthew Mitchell
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm new to Simenon, but I'm already impressed by his storytelling abilities.

He reminds me some of Ngaio Marsh, and his detective, Maigret, is like her Alleyn.

The story line was surprising and fresh. I'll be reading more.

(Warning: There were parts unacceptable for younger readers though it was not sensual or graphic.)
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, maigret, simenon
It is amazing how the master keeps cranking out one wonderful Maigret story after another. This is one of the best, though different from most of the other. Maigret gets a message warning of a crime that's about to happen. He investigates and finds himself immersed in a unique and highly dysfunctional family. He can't prevent the crime and truly suffers through its aftermath. I loved it!
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The police receive an anonymous letter predicting that there will shortly be a murder. Maigret and his team trace the distinctive paper on which the letter is written, and Maigret interviews the occupants of the household. With a watch on the house, the murder still occurs. But will the guilty party ever be punished? Again, wonderful characters and tight plot.
Angelo Giardini
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Neste livro, acompanhamos Maigret iniciar uma investigação sobre um homicídio que ainda não aconteceu, invertendo assim a clássica estrutura das histórias policiais. Ao final, uma boa leitura para os amantes dos livros de detetives
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
familiar plot, different translation
Susan Kosel
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is a calmness and humor to Maigret books. Lovely to listen to in the car. Sounds like you are listening to a play being performed.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Literary comfort food.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, france
Clearly not my favorite Maigret. I thought it stretched an idea that wasn't sufficiently interesting to begin with. Skip this one; there are plenty more to choose from.
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