Inspector Cadaver

Inspector Cadaver

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Asked to help a friend's brother-in-law who is accused of murdering the lover of his daughter, Maigret arrives in a small French town and finds himself plunged into an atmosphere of animosity. He soon finds himself tangled up in a case that may ruin the very people whom he has come to help. He also has to deal with an old enemy - an ex-police officer nicknamed 'Inspector Cadaver' - who seems to be doing everything in his power to obstruct Maigret's investigations.show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 140.62g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0141187255
  • 9780141187259

Review Text

Maigret - a superintendent in this story - comes to the small French town of Saint-Aubin-les Marais to investigate the death of a young man, Albert Retailleau. Retailleau's body was found on a railway line, near the house of a rich farmer, Etienne Naud. At first it appeared Retailleau's death might be an accident, or a possible suicide, but then a dangerous rumour began to circulate in the community that Etienne Naud killed Albert Retailleau because Naud discovered his daughter, Genevieve, was having an affair with the young man. Naud`s brother-in-law is a Paris magistrate and a friend of Maigret's and he asks Maigret to go to the little town and discover the truth. But when Maigret arrives, it soon becomes obvious that the truth is the last thing a number of people want to have uncovered. His enquiries meet with animosity and evasion, except for a small group of townspeople who want Naud brought to justice. Chief of these is a young man, Louis, who helps Maigret. An added complication is the arrival in the town of ex-inspector Cavre - known as Cadaver - sacked from the police force for corruption and now a private investigator. It is not clear who Cadaver is working for but he seems intent on thwarting Maigret`s enquiries. Then there is Alban Groult-Cotelle, an unpleasant man who seems to have attached himself to the Nauds. What part does he play in the mystery? Simenon presents us with a cast of believable characters into whose lives we are quickly drawn. As the truth behind the tragedy unfolds and his investigations are concluded, Maigret - himself a complex and sympathetic character - is both saddened and relieved. Once again, the writer's compelling but economical prose (according to the introduction, Simenon allowed himself a vocabulary of just 2000 words) delivers a story which is hard to put down. (Kirkus UK)show more

Author information

Georges Simenon was born at Liege in 1903. He published over 160 books and his work has been admired by almost all the leading French and English critics. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and more than 40 have been filmed.show more

Table of contents

The little evening train; the girl in the nightdress; an undesirable person; the theft of the cap; three women in a drawing-room; Alban Groult-Cotelle's alibi; the old postmistress; Maigret plays Maigret; noise behind the door.show more

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