Inspector Maigret and the Killers Author:Georges Simenon 'Les gangsters' invade Paris when two St. Louis hoods pursue a fleeing crime lord from Missouri to Montmartre. And Inspector Maigret finds his precinct has become the battleground for transatlantic gang war. Here's vintage Simenon, with the incomparable Maigret outwitting and outmaneuvering professional killers in a novel of creeping, chilling s... more »uspense.« less
I had wanted to read anything by Georges Simenon for a while when I found this book. Simenon crams a lot of plot and character into a short space. Nevertheless his style is terse and pithy. The characters are not the "hard-boiled" type we associate with other crime writer of the era. Rather, Maigret has to deal with his people's problems and personalities which are inseparable from their talents. Even some of the bad guys have redeemable personalities. The story is a little hard to follow and can slow down your progress through this short book, particularly if you get distracted by your unfamiliarity with Paris geography. But I enjoyed it and I need to sample more of Inspector Maigret.