Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Georges Simenon

Date: 08 Jul 2003


Re your comment below:

> I think that Nicolas Freeling's work owes a good
> deal to Simenon; in
> fact, I think Freeling once noted that his work was
> similar.
> Maigret and Van der Valk are very nosy people,
> which helps them to
> be better detectives.

I think you could make a case that most, if not all, European police procedural characters are heavily influenced by Maigret in the same way that hard-boiled PI characters following Marlowe are heavily influenced by Marlowe.

Take a look at Baantjer's Inspector DeDok (or DeCock in the original Dutch editions) or Sjowall & Wahloo's Inspector Beck, and you'll find more than a touch of Maigret in both of them.


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