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Maigret and the Killer

(Inspector Maigret #70)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Maigret, accompanying his physician on an emergency call, is drawn into one of his most stubborn cases yet. The victim, a son of a wealthy perfume manufacturer, had been enjoying an odd hobby before his death: collecting human voices with a tape recorder, often in the rougher districts of Paris. But his wallet and his tape recorder have been left untouched, so the killer's ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 1969)
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Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Maigret. This one is a little different from the others I read. It is not a typical murder. I will not give anything away except to give the premise.

A young man, Antoine, is a loner. He has no friends, yet he likes to hang around lots of different people. The reason? He likes to record their conversations. Not just conversations; he's not a snoop, but he wants to record different situations the way other people take photographs.

One night Antoine visits a cafe and surreptitiousl
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
Maigret #70, nearing the end of the novels. (75 in total).
Penguin has been reproducing these in modern translations for nearly 6 years, a true literary enterprise and worthy of this series.

Maigret and the Killer was originally published in 1969. Other new books that year included Papillon by Henri Charriére which if not read at the time people at the time will remember more from the movie released in 1973 with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Better know as a film also is Mario Puzo’s great boo
Barbara Nutting
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
M. Simenon wrote as well, if not better, in 1969 than he did in the 1930-40’s. I was so afraid that his later writing would not hold up against the old stuff! It was a wonderful story. Maigret has so much empathy and genuine concern for others.

This is the first one I’ve read where Madame Maigret plays a supporting role. Usually she is only mentioned in passing. I’m really hooked on this series, if only the library would reopen so I can read the rest. I’m going broke ordering from ThriftBooks! W
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mysteries, simenon
Even toward the end of his long literary career, Georges Simenon did not miss a beat. His Superintendent Maigret of 1969 was as fascinating as the Maigret of 38 years earlier.

A young scion of a perfume millionaire is found murdered outside a sleazy bar after tape recording a conversation setting up a burglary. Is there a connection? Perhaps. Maigret investigates all possible connections, and even prevents the burglary of a millionaire's villa based on the tape-recorded snippets. How the murder
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, the 70th Maigret. In this story of murder we observe the circumspect Maigret and his established manner of processing information and coming to his god-like conclusions as those he works with are confident he will find the murderer of a young man. He is so confident all will come to proper conclusion he and his wife leave town for a weekend break. Due to the stellar police investigation other crimes are uncovered. Don't wish to spoil it for others. I will say the book has a distinctly uniqu ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-francais
A crime has been committed, suspects are rounded up. But Maigret, the detective in charge, does not believe any of those that have been caught are the murderers. Its a psychological thriller, with a heart. Its about normal people doing abnormal things-- including murder. Its about mental illness and how a person can tell that they are doing something wrong--thus recognize the difference between good and evil, and yet are incapable of stopping themselves. Its about grey, not black and white. Maig ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't get used to how relatively short the Maigret books are -- 160-ish pages tops. But Simenon can do a lot in a relatively small number of pages. In this entry to the long-running series, a man is stabbed -- 7 times -- on a dark rainy Paris street. He's the son of wealthy parents who went around tape-recording other people's conversations. Did he record the wrong people? Or is there some other explanation? This is only the second or third Simenon I've read, but I think that creating such viv ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading this series for a number of years. I really enjoy the books written towards the end of the series. There is a certain coziness and interesting interpretation of life in Paris in the 1960s.
Justin  K. Rivers
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of his later Maigret novels. I appreciate the moral grey, but am less impressed with the narrative. Simenon is good at narrative. People zero in on the psychology but he's also a crack storyteller. Here I think he's getting a bit lazy, although it wasn't terrible by any means (Maigret and the Coroner I thought was terrible) it isn't half as good as Simenon's best.

Maigret fans - it's worth reading, just don't put it at the top of the queue.

Readers new to Simenon - read something else first.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A late 'Maigret' and nothing special, but all novels with Maigret in them are worthwhile. This one features the type of criminal that Maigret rarely comes up against, a 'psychopathic' killer with no real motive. However there is a subplot involving art thieves interwoven with the main case and this considerably enhances the story. ...more
Dave Schumacher
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The delicious slowly evolving storyline and richly detailed descriptions of his characters and of Paris make Simenon's novels fully enjoyable. Such a pleasant change from many crime novels where the author feels there has to be fast-paced action on every page ...more
Rick Diguette
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Unlike some of the Maigret books that I find a little forced, this one doesn't end with Maigret explaining everything. The killer in this story has his own story to tell, which is both believable and effective. ...more
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another fun, quick Maigret read. Simenon never disappoints. Hint: while reading, don't forget to join Maigret in an apertif, perhaps a Calvados? ...more
Marie-Claude Bourque
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read it in French. Brilliant, as are all Maigret. Not sure how well the style translates in English.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maigret buffs
Excellent Maigret. Easy reading. Enough said.
Philip of Macedon
This novel is surprisingly good for a man who wrote over 500 of them. Of course, one who writes so much is likely to know his craft pretty well, and it shows. But on the other hand you might expect that a man chugging out so many books over his career will show a bit of shallowness and underdevelopment in his works. Quantity over quality, that is. This is not the case with the book we have here, which is the only book by Mr. Simenon I’ve had the pleasure to read.

Maigret is his best known charac
Brona's Books
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big part of the reason I love reading Maigret's so much is the glimpse into life in Paris in the middle of the 20th century. Maigret and the Killer opens with Mrs Maigret and her man, dining out with friends discussing the merits of the Madame Pardon's 'unparalleled boeuf bourguignon...filling, yet refined', provincial cookery that was 'born of necessity', whilst finishing off the meal with the obligatory 'coffee and calvados'.

This is the 70th book in the series and the year is 1969. The setti
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
An odd title, if you stop to think about it, since most if not all of Maigret's cases deal with murder. However this is an unusual case: there appears to be no real motive for the stabbing of a young man of good family and few friends, whose only hobby is recording casual snippets of conversation in public places. When an apparent motive surfaces, all is not as it seems.

The text tells us that Maigret is now 63, quite a feat for a man born in 1887 who left medical school and joined the police for
Tony Fitzpatrick
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Frankham
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-detective
A superb psychological analysis of a killer towards the end of a well-plotted, well-written tale of a murder that involves a wide spectrum of the people and classes of Paris, plus lots of dallying in the various eating places that Maigret, his men, and others, frequent in solving the various crimes involved here. Just a wonderful late Maigret, the 74th out of 79, from 1969, when Simenon was himself 66, and his character 63. there first ten in the series were published together, in 1931, a lifeti ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maigret is having dinner with a physician friend when they are called to a murder on the street outside. A young man, Antoine Batille, has been stabbed in the back. He is carrying a tape recorder and it emerges that the wealthy scion of a perfume fortune has turned his back on business and taken to recording life in the city. It seems he recorded three men planning a robbery at a nearby estate. Was this the reason he was killed? Then why was the recorder not taken? The tape leads to investigatio ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A success in that it's a premise that really had me flipping pages (digitally): a young member of high society who has no interest in reaping the benefits of the life and simply wants to record the sounds of Paris all around him is stabbed to death.
A failure in that the (re)solution doesn't really pay off emotionally or intellectually. It's more of an... oh yeah I guess that's one way it could end.
Ultimately, I guess the book is thematically about mania, and the degree to which we benefit from
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Inspector Maigret accompanies his friend and physician on an emergency call and is drawn into a common street crime. Or so it appears at first, but this is not the obvious murder that it seems. Maigret is lead to a mysterious killer who leaves exasperating clues. Translated from the French. First published in 1969. A quick straight-forward detective story. Even though the work is translated French names have been retained for places and addresses.
Vickie Tate
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying the style of this author. The fact that there is no unnecessary information means the books are easy to read and that they take you quickly to the denouement. A no nonsense style of writing which suits Maigret who has definately grown on me through the two novels I have read in this series. In this case, finding the motive was defiantely as important if not more than finding a killer. A clever ending to a good book. ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read, years ago, a couple of Simenon books, that I remember feeling a bit ambivalent about. I enjoyed this one more than the previous ones. Maigret is a good man who always tries to do the right things. The other characters, his wife, and his detective team add a lot to the story. And, Paris is a big draw. I am sure I will read more of these in the future. There are 74 all together.
Jon Levesque
Decent story but not much of a mystery to be solved. Most everything fell into Maigret’s lap without much work or rationalization. Still, I’d never turn away an opportunity to read a Maigret and I’d definitely recommend him to my readers.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
It is a pleasure to read George's Simenon stories about Maigret.
The atmosphere, the characters, Maigret's personality are some of the few things that make his books unique.
A good company for the hot summer days and nights
Jaco Barnard-Naudé
I have just discovered Georges Simenon and Inspector Maigret and I’ve become an instant fan, uhm, addict’s probably a better description.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (1903 – 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret.
Although he never resided in Belgium after 1922, he remained a Belgian citizen throughout his life.

Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable

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