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  • Inspector Maigret, Book 36
  • By: Georges Simenon
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Maigret at Picratt's

By: Georges Simenon
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
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Summary

A young cabaret dancer in a black silk dress leads Maigret into a seamy world of nightclubs, drug addiction and exploitation on the streets of Montmartre.

'He opened the door for her and watched her walk away down the huge corridor, then hesitate at the top of the stairs. Heads turned as she passed. You sensed she came from a different world, the world of the night, and there was something almost indecent about her in the harsh light of a winter's day.'

This novel has been published in previous translations as Maigret and the Strangled Stripper and Maigret in Montmartre.

©2016 Georges Simenon (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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Great as always but…

Great as always but homophobic and addiction phobic… I suppose due to the time it was written.

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Ghastly, nasty and savage homophobia.

Not sure if this hasn't put me off all future reading of Maigrets. It was horrific. Maigret stories are often a bit unsavory and sometimes even slightly depressing - but this was much more than that. This was deeply shocking. Thank goodness things have changed enough since the 50s that we can now be shocked that writers got away with such creepy attitudes. ... The narrator however is excellent. As he is with all the Maigrets. He has the main voices just right. But I wonder how disturbing he found it having to narrate this one?

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A duff one

Not sure what was going on with Simenon when he wrote this one, but it really is a bad one. Quite a feeble plot and, as previous reviewers have noted, disgustingly homophobic, and misogynistic. There really is not much distance between the attitudes expressed herein towards gay men and those of the Nazis. I’m not exaggerating. A rape victim bursts into tears because her dress has been ruined. The final scene, with Maigret and La Pointe watching a stripper being humiliated by a night-club owner, is pathetic.

As usual, Gareth Armstrong is fantastic. No blame should attach to him for this.

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Dated Also offensive

A bit of a shame. Nobody comes out well. Simenon has written much better. Don’t be put off.

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a master story teller

what do you get from Simenon, a master class in detective fiction that never fails to deliver.

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