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A Man's Head

(Inspector Maigret #9)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,170 ratings  ·  156 reviews
A rich American widow and her maid have been stabbed to death in a brutal attack. All the evidence points to Joseph, a young drifter, and he is soon arrested. But what is his motive? Or is he just a pawn in a wider conspiracy?

Inspector Maigret believes the police have the wrong man and lets him escape from prison to prove his innocence. perhaps, with Joseph on the loose, t
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Penguin Classics (first published 1931)
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Of all the Inspector Maigret novels I have read thus far (10), "A Man's Head" on the face of it was one of the most baffling to me. The story begins with Maigret visiting La Santé Prison, where a man (Joseph Heurtin) he had apprehended and had apparently proven his guilt in the murders of a rich, elderly American widow and her maid, awaited his execution. Heurtin had always asserted his innocence, though the evidence at the crime scene supported his culpability in the crime. Heurtin had been cau ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How an author as prolific as Simenon could maintain such high standards is beyond me, this early entry in the Maigret series was book 5 of 11(!) published in the series in 1931 and they range from good to very good.
"I was born in the dark and in the rain but I got away. The crimes I write about are the crimes I would have committed if I had not got away." - Georges Simenon

This particular entry is notable for featuring a psychological showdown between the hero cop and the killer who is baiting
Mohammad Ali

اگر شخصیت رادک رو کنار بذاریم، کتابی بود کشنده و جذاب که کنار گذاشتنش واقعا سخت بود

از وقتی رادک وارد داستان شد شخصیت زیادی زرنگ او و حرف هایش داستان رو تاحدی غیرطبیعی کرد. به نظرم اگر او یه کم طبیعی تر و معمولی تر ترسیم می شد؛ اون نفسی گیری تا آخر ادامه پیدا می کرد

اما علی رغم این نکته ی به نظر من منفی، داستانی بود خواندنی. نوشتار کوتاهی که در پایان کتاب در مورد آثار سیمنون نوشته شده بود هم گرچه مختصر بود اما اشارات جالبی داشت
pierlapo  quimby
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francofoni, maigret
Un Maigret va sempre bene.

Possibili applicazioni pratiche:
1) in stazione
il treno è in ritardo, l'uomo seduto al mio fianco indossa degli orribili sandali e siamo solo ad aprile, la piadina m'è rimasta sullo stomaco, ma...
2) in borsa
la borsa è piena zeppa di fascicoli, pesa un quintale, non c'è spazio quasi per nient'altro, ma...
3) pausa pranzo
devo ancora finire l'atto che scade domani, alle tre passa il ragioniere con i documenti che avrebbe dovuto consegnarmi giorni fa, il telefono pare impazzi
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A prisoner escapes from the death row cells of the Santé prison’s High Surveillance wing.
But he escaped with the help of Inspector Maigret!

This is delightful puzzle of a murder-mystery from the master novelist Georges Simon.

All the facts point to one man as the murderer, but he maintains that he is innocent. Inspector Maigret not only believes him, but puts his career on the line by letting the murderer go.

Many red herrings are dragged across our path and many of them are true facts.

Watch Maigre
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have recently become addicted to Simenon's 'Maigret' novels. This is the fourth I have read so far and it's brilliant. The atmosphere, the pacing, the plotting: everything is tremendous! I have already acquired two more 'Maigret' novels and have started reading one of them...
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether I'm more excited that I finished this book or that I am finally able to read a book written in French albeit in easy French. I've been reading La Tete d'un Homme with my French class and this week we will be discussing the last chapter. I finished reading it yesterday. After 40 years of having virtually no opportunity to speak that beautiful language, I had pretty much forgotten it. Ironically, a trip to South Florida where I met many people from Quebec motivated me to relea ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually large and in charge, Chief Inspector Jules Maigret rarely breaks a sweat in most of Georges Simenon’s novels, but in A Man’s Head, Maigret’s job is on the line.

Joseph Heurtin, a deliveryman, was condemned to hang for the brutal stabbing murder of a rich American woman, Mrs. Henderson, and her maid. Gradually, Maigret comes to believe that Heurtin — who never met the women, from whom nothing was stolen — is a fall guy in a bigger plan. But what?

To find out, Maigret engineers Heurtin’s es
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, simenon, france
This is no Sherlock Holmes, this is no "tale of ratiocination" to use Poe's term. No, Inspector Maigret is a superb tuned intellect with years of experience dealing with crime. His five foot ten frame, weighing some 200 pounds, is almost totally impassive. You will never see this investigator running off at the mouth. He will hang around until the facts make themselves clear, and then he will act with decisive speed to tie up the loose ends.

Georges Simenon is, to my mind, a crossover writer. He
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A short take:

The first half of this book was great: Maigret puts his career on the line by gambling on a man's possible innocence, and it is clear that some of the big wigs in law enforcement are just waiting for the big man to mess up. In fact, a person with Maigret's track record probably would inspire some to nurse misgivings about his successes. The second half of the story, in which Maigret seizes upon his true suspect, did not fascinate nearly as much, as the perp did not present an intere
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
this is the first novel i've read by georges simenon period, and the first i've read in his detective series featuring inspector maigret. having just read my first martin beck novel, i was much struck by the similarities between the two heroes: both have a determined, patient, and inexorable approach to the crimes in question though maigret, being french, seems to give a bit more of his inner turmoil away, and in general seems more loved and respected by his peers. and really, one feels how fren ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable adventure with Inspector Maigret, I didn't know where this one was going except that the guilty party was innocent.

Really enjoyed seeing how it reached the conclusion. I find Maigret a very enjoyable character. These books are so far short and sweet but enjoyable for that. Though I wouldn't mind some a bit longer.

Thoroughly enjoying the reads so far. I think I will read one more then maybe dip in and out of the series through the year. I don't want to read too many too quickl
ნინო ქერდიყოშვილი
ჩემი აზრით, სიმენონის კომისარი მეგრეს სერიებიდან ეს ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე მნიშვნელოვანი დეტექტივია რამდენიმე მიზეზით:
ერთი- ის, რომ კომისრის არც ისე ნაცნობ, გაშიშვლებულ სახეს ვხვდებით, მეორე- ის, რომ უფრო მეტი ფსიქოლოგიური დატვირთვა აქვს ყველაფერს, ვიდრე ჩვეულებრივ.
როგორც ყოველთვის, საინტერესო და ჩამთრევი რამე იყო.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
An odd case that opens with Maigret and a prison warden letting a convicted murderer escape. All the ironclad evidence point to the convicted man, but Maigret doesn't believe it. So he takes a lot of crap from his superiors for a week to prove he was fooled by false evidence. Entertaining.
Javier Avilés
Maigret consigue que el culpable confiese para librarse de su obstinada presencia.
Creo que no le pillo el punto a Simenon.

The Maigret Mysteries of Simenon are not so widely read anymore, which is a shame, because this is a good little book to delve into when you have the time. Although it is not as complex as Poe's tales of 'ratiocination' or as refined as Christie's Poirot; Simenon's story stands up as a good example of how to do a character study of a villain. In short, it dusts off the quaint Victoriana and Gothic garbs that became synonymous with the genre, and sets a decidedly gritty, modern tone. Within Simen
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
After a few weeks where the World Cup interrupted my reading time, a restless night has enabled me to read this book in pretty quick time.

This is an early Maigret novel; wonderfully capturing the inspector's brooding presence and demonstrating his bloodhound qualities of seeking out his man and establishing justice.
Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is unhappy about a recent double murder which he didn't oversee after making an arrest. Subsequently there was trial and the convicted murdered aband
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Quando vado in montagna da solo, arrivato al rifugio ho sempre un po' di tempi morti da ammazzare prima di cena o dopo cena, finite le solite chiacchiere con gli occasionali compagni di tavolo.
Di recente, leggo un Maigret: non impegna troppo e rilassa.
Questa puntata della saga non mi era sembrata granchè, a parte la trovata (credo piuttosto originale, per l'epoca) che innesca il racconto.
Di lì in poi, la storia si svolge in modo del tutto trascurabile, almeno fino alla conclusione.
Non voglio
شاید بتوان گفت فقط فصل اول و فقط برای چند دقیقه هیجان انگیز بود. داستان جنایی ای نه کلیشه ای اما خیلی ساده و به دور از هوش بالایی بود. توقع من از جذابیت کاراکتر مگره خیلی بیشتر بود که انتظارم برآورده نشد اما رادک، جدای از اینکه برای جذابیت داستان نیاز به نبوغ او وجود داشت و جدای از این بحث که نگاه روانشناسانه جالبی نسبت به خودش و همچنین از دید او نسبت به بقیه ارائه شده بود، اما کلیشه ی نیاز به خودنمایی و لو رفتن و دستگیر شدنش توسط یک مامور قانون بسیار زننده بود. رویهمرفته لذتی از این داستان نصیب ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fast paced Inspector Maigret mystery, a real page turner.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the 5th (of 75) book in the Inspector Maigret series I've read. I decided to read the entire Penguin translated series in order as they were written. Maigret's War of Nerves is the version I read, which is another version that was translated previously. I started reading both but enjoyed War of Nerves a lot more.

I haven't given any of the books more than three stars but I'm enjoying them immensely. They are very atmospheric and the writing is wonderful. It's Hercule Poirot meets Highsmit
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maigret puts his career on the line when he arranges the escape from prison of a convicted murderer on the night before his execution. The prisoner has been not able to tell the authorities anything other than protest his innocence. Maigret is hoping he will lead them to the real murderer.

But it is one thing finding the possible murderer and quite another to get him to confess, or to discover why the murder was committed.

This is an audio version
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sıradan bir əsər idi,yazıçının qələmini bəyənmədim.Təsvir yox,dialoq çox,əsərin ortasından artıq bilirsən ki,qatil kimdir,sondakı məntiqi açıqlama şok etmir.
Lady Delacour
Each book in this series
just keeps getting better.
Original beginning,
winding plot and
a smart wrap up.
Meigret with the aid of
his pipe, solve the crime.
Narrator Gareth Armstrong
does a nice job. His voice is
very comforting to listen to.
Clean Story.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un Simenon in ottima forma.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a pretty decent Maigret, this series is good filler reading and I'm always happy to read Simenon. Compared to his non-Maigret novels though, these always feel a bit thin and lacking in tone and chutzpah. Yes, chutzpah.
Nigel Bird
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read three Maigret novels while I was in France at the beginning of the month, each of which provided me with lots of the mood and atmosphere I was after. None of them disappointed, but they did vary between good and great.

I’ll start at the good end of things with A Man’s Head.

In this one, Maigret stakes his career on his instincts and arranges the escape of a prisoner from death row. The idea is that by following the prisoner, the true facts of the murder case concerned will come to light. Th
Maigret und ich werden wohl keine Freunde mehr. Ich finde ihn nach wie vor zu steif, stumpf, einsilbig und verbissen. Auch die Atmosphäre der Buches sagt mir persönlich gar nicht zu, es ist viel zu bedrückend für meinen Geschmack. Dazu ist die Geschichte an sichwenig bis gar nicht spannend, was das Lesevergnügen deutlich eindämpft.
Für mich hat sich die Sache ein für allemal geklärt.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A MAN’S HEAD. (1931). Georges Simenon. ****.
Joseph Heurtin is the natural suspect for the violent murder by stabbing of both a wealthy American widow and her maid in a hotel room. His shoe prints are found in the room, etched in blood. His fingerprints are all over everything. His clothes are covered in blood. It is only natural that he was accused and taken into custody. At his trial, he had no defense: he only kept repeating, “I didn’t kill them.” Inspector Maigret, who was in charge of the ca
Daniel Ágreda-Sánchez
Así como en la filosofía y en la literatura en general, también en aquella de género los franceses marcan clarísimas diferencias con el resto de Europa y de América. Simenon es un clásico, Maigret es un referente obligado en la novela policial. Se deja leer en unas pocas horas y uno siente que ha invertido provechosamente el tiempo. En "La cabeza de un hombre", Maigret no solo defiende la del condenado a muerte por un delito que, a todas luces, no cometió, sino que además se mete en la cabeza de ...more
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