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“Un échec de Maigret” by Georges Simenon

Jerold Frakes
SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of English
“Un échec de Maigret” by Georges Simenon

“Simenon was a philandering Belgian who wrote more than 200 novels, among them around 75 detective stories whose main character, Commissaire Maigret, was a hard-drinking, intuitively brilliant Paris police officer. The narrative style is characterized by rapid-fire, sardonic dialogue, through which Maigret eventually comes to the solution of the case. It’s a great (non-challenging) way to unwind at the end of a long day.”