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Maigret in Montmartre (Inspector Maigret)
Maigret in Montmartre - Inspector Maigret Author:Georges Simenon It is four o'clock in the morning, the bars are closing, and out of the rain-slick cobbled streets of Montmartre's clubland appears a garishly dressed young woman. Her lipstick is smudged and her gait is unsteady, but there is no mistaking her extraordinary allure. At the police station in the rue de la Rochefoucauld she insists on makin... more »g a statement: she has information, she says of terrible urgency -- but an hour later everything is denied. At once we are in the familiar underworld of Inspector Maigret. Two brutal stranglings and a beautiful corpse lead the Inspector into a demimonde of striptease artists and morphine addicts as he tries to uncover the past of a shadowy countess. Assisted by a lovelorn detective, Maigret traces a desperate eroticism to its inevitable conclusion.« less
This is a classic Georges Simenon mystery, first published in 1959. If you like classic British mysteries, you will like this writer. His stand alone novels seem to be much "darker" than these mysteries, but they are good too.