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The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien

Inspector Maigret; Book 4
Lu par : Gareth Armstrong
Série : Inspector Maigret, Volume 4
Durée : 3 h et 33 min

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Georges Simenon's haunting tale about the lengths to which people will go to escape from guilt, translated by Linda Coverdale as part of the new Penguin Maigret series.

A first ink drawing showed a hanged man swinging from a gallows on which perched an enormous crow. And there were at least twenty other etchings and pen or pencil sketches that had the same leitmotif of hanging.

On the edge of a forest: a man hanging from every branch. A church steeple: beneath the weathercock, a human body dangling from each arm of the cross... Below another sketch were written four lines from François Villon's Ballade of the Hanged Men.

On a trip to Brussels, Maigret unwittingly causes a man's suicide, but his own remorse is overshadowed by the discovery of the sordid events that drove the desperate man to shoot himself.

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honoured with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.

©2014 Georges Simenon (P)2014 Audible Ltd


"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant" (John Gray)
"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories" ( Guardian)
"A supreme writer... unforgettable vividness" ( Independent)

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  • Adam Shields
  • 04/04/2016

Psychological study more than murder mystery

The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien is the third book in the Inspector Maigret series, although mislabeled #4 at both Audible and Amazon. I accidentally read it before the second book (which is labeled #3).

Maigret is on a trip for his work when he notices a man mailing large bundles of money. Because he is curious, Maigret follows the man, assuming that he is a crook of some sort. Eventually the man commits suicide and Maigret has to solve the case, both to find out what has happened and to see if Maigret's own involvement was the cause of the suicide.

This is not a murder mystery as much as a psychological book exploring the way that guilt drives our actions. It is right along the type of writing I like to read with mysteries. This is quick enough to read in a couple days without much problem.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 05/07/2018

A psychological mystery

In <strong>The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien</strong> by Georges Simenon, Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is on a train when he sees a man acting curiously. So Maigret follows the man to Brussels, where he gets a room adjoining the first man's room in a cheap motel. Spying through the keyhole, Maigret sees the man put a gun to his mouth and pull the trigger.

Maigret spends the rest of the book trying to get to the bottom of why the man, identified as Louis Genais, would have killed himself. A group of men whom Maigret met in Brussels seems to show up wherever Maigret goes, leading him to suspect potential danger and the source of his answer.

<strong>The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien</strong> is not a typical murder mystery, since the victim committed suicide. Rather, it is a psychological examination into the purpose for the man's having taken his life as well as the men threatening while still running away from Maigret.

Gareth Armstrong performs the audio edition of this book. I like the way he portrays the inspector, who comes across as a man of true authority. We hear strong expression used throughout the book, while Armstrong's voices for each of the characters suit them well.

I thought <strong>The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien</strong> was a fascinating book, a study in human nature. Maigret proves to be an interesting character who performs creative research that kept me listening. I give this book four stars.

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