Liberty Bar: Inspector Maigret
Penguin, 2015 (1932)
Reviewed by Tim Davis
irst published in France by Fayard in 1932, Georges Simenon's
, available now in David Watson's 2015 Penguin translation, begins with a car driving in a straight line and crashing into a rock.
he driver of the car, alas, is dead, but the car crash is not the cause of his death. Instead, the man, William Brown, has died because of '
a little love story that turned out badly.
' More than that, Brown's mysterious past – indeed, his double-life - has been a significant reason for his demise on the beautiful Cote d’Azur in France.
f course, another man in the story, Detective Chief Inspector Maigret, will solve the mystery, but then – going against the letter of the law – Maigret must make a decision about whether or not anyone will be held responsible for Brown's death.
n the space of 150 fascinating pages, Simenon again demonstrates why the Maigret novels remain popular, fascinating, and compelling. So, finally, here is my advice: do yourself a favor by reading
. You will not be disappointed.
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