Lock 14

Lock 14

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One rainy night, a canal worker stumbles across the strangled body of Mary Lampson in a stable near Lock 14. The dead woman's husband seems unmoved by her death and is curt and unhelpful when Maigret interviews him aboard his yacht. But gradually Maigret is able to piece together their story - a sordid tale of whisky-fuelled orgies and nomadic life on the canals. Can the answer to this crime be found aboard the yacht? Or is the murderer among the bargees, carters and lock-keepers who work the canal? In Lock 14, Simenon plunges Maigret into the unfamiliar canal world of shabby bars and shadowy towpaths, drawing together the strands of a tragic case of lost identity.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 136 x 196 x 10mm | 116g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 014118728X
  • 9780141187280

Table of contents

Lock 14; the southern cross; Mary's necklace; the lover; the YCF badge; the American cap; the pedal; ward 10; the doctor; the two husbands; overtaking.show more

Review Text

Who is the mysterious Mary Lampson whose strangled body is found in a stable adjoining a seedy cafe near Lock 14 on the French canal near Marne? How did this well-dressed, expensively bejewelled woman come to be in such a place? Although Chief Inspector Maigret quickly discovers that the woman was the wife of Sir Walter Lampson, a retired colonel of the Indian Army who appears quite indifferent to his wife's death, there remains an enigma surrounding her past life which could be the key to solving the murder. The colonel and his wife were travelling on the yacht Southern Cross, accompanied by two friends and a Russian sailor who was the only crew. But there are other suspects for Maigret to consider, particularly the lock-keepers and bargees who populate the canals and their surrounds. And is there a connection between the Southern Cross and the people aboard the barge the Providence? The mystery deepens further when there is a second murder, but Maigret slowly pieces together the clues and reveals the identity of the murderer - and the tragic story which led to Mary Lampson's violent death. As in most of Simenon's stories, the characters are almost more interesting than the plot, and his low-key, understated style of writing actually heightens the suspense. Penguin's welcome reissue of this novel will introduce the famous French detective to a new circle of readers. (Kirkus UK)show more

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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

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