Re your question below:
> I've seen Maigret show up on a number of lists
> have never read any
> Simenon. If I were to pick one, just ONE, to give me
> a feel for the series,
> what would be a good choice? (And please don't say
> all of them, in order)
> Thanks in advance . . .
They're short, so, with your permission I'll name three
MAIGRET & THE ENIGMATIC LETT (aka THE STRANGE CASE OF
PETER THE LETT), one of the very first, lots of atmosphere
and Parisian grit.
A BATTLE OF NERVES (aka MAIGRET'S WAR OF NERVES) another
early one, very typical battle of wits between Maigret and
the murderer; became the American-made but filmed-in-Paris
movie THE MAN IN THE EIFFEL TOWER with Charles Laughton badly
cast (but doing a good job, neverthless) as Maigret.
MAIGRET SETS A TRAP is my personal favorite. Maigret on the
trail of a serial killer circa mid-50s. Became the film
INSPECTOR MAIGRET which won the Edgar in a now-defunct
category, Best Foreign Screenplay, which was the first of
several French Maigret films to start Jean Gabin, perhaps the
best of all screen Maigrets.
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