Re: RARA-AVIS: Leo Malet

From: William Denton (
Date: 04 Aug 2003

On 4 August 2003, Etienne Borgers wrote:

: In his series "The New Mysteries of Paris" (15 volumes) each book is a
: Burma investigation taking mainly place in one of the Paris'
: Arrondissements (=districts). In these novels Malet often explain
: briefly -through Burma's voice- some typical events of the past which
: took place in the district. His choice for these events, or curios, are
: never done without intentions.

I've read two or three of these, and liked them a lot. A French fellow I know explained the spiral layout of Paris to me, the character and background of the arrondissements, and his experiences in the city, and now I want to go back and reread them. Location is sometimes unimportant, but in a case like this, the more you know, the better. My acquaintance had read some Malet books too, and explained why certain murders took place in certain places. Fascinating stuff.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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