RARA-AVIS: Simenon

From: Bill Crider ( bcrider@houston.rr.com)
Date: 17 Aug 2003

About the only Simenon I had around the house was a story in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GREAT DETECTIVE STORIES. The story is "The Evidence of the Altar Boy," and it's about 30 pages long, translated by Jean Stewart. It's an OK story, in which Maigret deals with an old man, a boy, and various versions of the truth. The boy reminds Maigret of his own childhood, so we get a little (certainly not much) about Maigret's past. Maigret has a bad cold in the story, and there's an amusing little sub-plot about how he manages to sneak in a few smokes without his wife finding out. I didn't find anything noir or hardboiled in the story.

Bill Crider

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