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A Man's Head (1931)

by Georges Simenon

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Series: Maigret (5)

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Maigret puts his career on the line when he arranges the escape from prison of a convicted murderer on the night before his execution. The prisoner has been not able to tell the authorities anything other than protest his innocence. Maigret is hoping he will lead them to the real murderer.

But it is one thing finding the possible murderer and quite another to get him to confess, or to discover why the murder was committed. ( )
  smik | Nov 26, 2017 |
*****SPOILER*******

Can't stop reading these. Radek is the best villain so far in this series, and one of the most horrifying humans I can every remember reading in fiction. Ooof. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jul 24, 2017 |
A short Maigret in the classic Simenon tradition wherein Maigret solves a baffling mystery. An old woman and her maid is killed by a man to whom all the evidence points, yet even though he was the arresting officer, Maigret cannot reconcile the psychology of the man with the evidence. He arranges for the convicted killer to escape, risking his reputation and job discovering the identity of the true murderer while drawing on his pipe and sipping at his Calvados.

The Maigret novels are addictive.
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
There are some very good scenes in this early Maigret, especially the very neat little sketch of café society at La Coupole, but it’s spoilt a bit by the implausible stunt Maigret pulls in the opening chapter and by a somewhat over-complicated solution. The conceit at the heart of the story, that Maigret cannot be satisfied by mere physical evidence and needs to get into the murderer’s mind, is a strong one, and it would have supported a better book. Knowing Simenon, it’s pretty safe to say that he must have used it again somewhere or other, so it probably wasn't wasted. ( )
  thorold | May 8, 2013 |
A comparatively disappointing outing for Maigret after the high quality of the last two books. Simenon continues his exploration of Paris life but in a manner less convincing, or compelling than his recently published books. The conceit behind the opening two chapters of the book is surprising and the reader looks forward to a fresh insight in the ways in which Maigret himself, as opposed to the system in which he works, comes to conclusions as to guilt and innocence. Unfortunately that opening promises more than the book delivers.

Like almost all Simenons this book is worth reading if only for the detailed and loving portrait of the different ways that Parisians of different classes live their lives although it does not rate among the “must reads” or even more so, the “must rereads” of the Maigret books. ( )
  mmyoung | Dec 6, 2010 |
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Georges Simenonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cañameras, F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tlarig, M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Somewhere in Sante Prison a clock struck two.
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In the French original, La tête d'un homme (1931); and L'homme de la Tour Eiffel (1952).

Variously published in English as:
(i) "A Battle of Nerves," in The Patience of Maigret (1939), and with "At the 'Gai-Moulin'" (1950);
(ii) "A Man's Head," in Philadelphia Inquirer (1941), and A Man's Head (2003);
(iii) The Patience of Maigret (1941);
(iv) Maigret's War of Nerves (1986) and (v) A Man's Head (2014) (trans. David Coward).

PLEASE DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE STAND-ALONE 1941 EDITION, WHICH THIS LT WORK INCLUDES, AND THE 1939 ANTHOLOGY WITH THE SAME TITLE.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143037285, Paperback)

Set in the oppressively squalid streets of Paris, A Man's Head features Simenon's famed detective as he tracks a killer on the run, while the writer's sharp prose evokes the atmosphere of Parisian luxury hotels, seedy bars, and dark alleys.

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After audaciously arranging the escape of a man he believes has been unjustly condemned to death in an attempt to prove his theory, Maigret must follow him as he goes on the run across Paris. Hidden motives and dangers surface as our hero gets more than he bargained for.… (more)

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