A Man's Head

A Man's Head

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Set in the in the atmospheric and squalid streets of Paris, Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. In another one of Maigret's unconventional and audacious plans, he arranges the escape of the condemned man in an attempt to prove his theory. The presumed murderer goes on the run across Paris and its suburbs, dropping misleading clues along the way and leading Maigret into the labyrinthine twists of the mystery. Maigret is in for more than he bargained for, as he encounters rich American expatriates, dangerous foreigners and their hidden motives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 10mm | 132g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141187247
  • 9780141187242

Table of contents

Cell no. II; the sleeping man; the evening paper, headquarters; caviar sandwiches; caviar again; a family in trouble; a man in the house; the next day; Maigret becomes talkative; four aces; a parting shot.show more

Review Text

Super-sleuth Maigret appears to have bitten off more than he can chew when he arranges the escape of a condemned murderer. Maigret believes the man to be innocent and thinks his escape will flush out the real killer. But of course things aren't as simple as that. On its first publication in 1931 this was hailed as one of the best Maigret books. In Simenon's typical sparse style he leads his readers through the shadowy underworld of Paris, encountering a host of potential villains on the way. This time they include rich American expatriates, dodgy foreigners and Parisians who hang about top-class hotels, seedy bars and dark streets. The pre-war French atmosphere is potent, and as in all Simenon's novels the plot is packed with unexpected twists. The eventual outcome of cross and double-cross is a stunner. Those who have never read Maigret before could do no better than start with this story. (Kirkus UK)show more

Author information

Georges Simenon was born at Liege in Belgium 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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