Maigret and the Man on the Bench

Maigret and the Man on the Bench


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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian

Inspector Maigret must untangle the web of lies left behind by a murdered man whose family didn’t know him as well as they thought

When a man is found stabbed to death in an alley off Boulevard Saint-Martin, his identity card shows a workplace that had gone out of business three years earlier. As far as his wife knew, he still worked there, and she insists that the shoes and a tie he was wearing when he was killed “couldn’t be his.” It soon becomes evident that although he had a source of income, he spent most of his time sitting on a bench in the neighborhood, often with the same unknown man. But can Maigret find this mysterious companion?

In Maigret and the Man on the Bench, the inimitable inspector must untangle the web of a dead man’s lies that go deeper than anyone could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780241277447
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Inspector Maigret Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 194,710
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. He is best known in the English-speaking world as the author of the Inspector Maigret books. His prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories has made him a household name in continental Europe.

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Maigret and the Man on the Bench 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maigret is called to see the body of a man stabbed in the back in a narrow Parisian alleyway. The man seems utterly unremarkable, so why would anyone bother to stab him? Maigret's digging uncovers a timid husband who was too afraid to tell his wife he had long ago lost his job, a bratty daughter who has little regard for her parents and an elderly brothel keeper.This was my first Simenon and I really liked going with Maigret and his team of young inspectors all over Paris. They can't spot a cafe or brassiere without needing a little drink and where to lunch is planned with care. I have just one complaint and I've had to knock half a star off because of it.The whole affair wraps up with a person who isn't even a character in the book. Really. I went back wondering if it had been a very minor character that I had forgotten about, but nope. Not there. Just a name at the end. Weird.I'll read more from Simenon, and I'll have a lot of choices as he wrote over two hundred books.
earthwind on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mondays are not usually a crime day, but when a man is found stabbed to death in an alley, the investigation by Maigret leads to many people who saw him sitting on various benches on one of the Paris boulevards and reveals the tale of a deadly marriage. Interesting line drawings of benches.facing both tp and cp. Jacket design by Seymour Chwast.