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Lock 14 (original 1931; edition 2003)

by Georges Simenon, Robert Baldick (Translator)

Series: Maigret (2)

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Title:Lock 14
Authors:Georges Simenon
Other authors:Robert Baldick (Translator)
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2003), Paperback, 144 pages
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Tags:fiction, crime, mystery, France, narrowboating, tbr

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Lock 14 by Georges Simenon (1931)

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Certainly no need to summarize the plot. This is another of the wonderful series of police procedurals by George Simenon featuring Chief Inspector Maigret, the calm, pipe-smoking Parisian detective, who, in an almost plodding manner succeeds in bringing the villains to justice. That raises some interesting points because clearly the way the judicial system works in France is vastly different from that in the United States. There is an examining magistrate or public prosecutor, the rules are different and that almost makes the books more interesting from my perspective. Of course, there is none of the black-garbed, heavily-armed SWAT confrontations with guns blazing, so typical of some of the modern police thrillers, and for me, that's part of the series' appeal.

I have always wanted to travel along one of the many French or British canals with their numerous locks and restaurants and villages along the way that require only tying up the boat and a meander to the local village. My father did that years ago in England and it remains one of his favorite vacations. It sounds so peaceful and idyllic, yet as in all of Maigret's cases, there is an undercurrent of bleakness.

Anyway, this story, that takes Maigret away from Paris, has such a nice setting, if somewhat dark. But, then again, the chief character is an English colonel and gentleman(?) who manages to indulge in all manner of orgies and behaviors on his yacht. Perhaps that explains it. In the end, the book is a supreme love story, but tinged with despair and sadness. I think this is one of Simenon's finer efforts. Do not expect a happy ending. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Maigret at his most typical, doing little watching, learning the atmosphere. and the case solves itself. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Feb 22, 2013 |
Very early Maigret (the second) with lots of nice 1930s French canal atmosphere — horse-drawn barges, lock-side cafés, and a yacht owned by an implausibly decadent former Indian Army colonel. Simenon's research on the canal culture (an area that obviously fascinated him, and which he was to revisit many times in the later Maigret stories) looks spot-on, but he apparently hadn't had much direct experience of les Anglais at that time: a decade or two later he'd have known that you don't address a knight as "Sir Surname"! ( )
  thorold | Jan 1, 2013 |
I so enjoy Simenon's Maigret novels. This title was first published in 1931. the story is set on the canals and revolves around the characters who live, work and travel on the canals. Maigret relies on a bicycle to investigate the crime and rides many, many miles to investigate clues - the world before mobile phones and the internet. ( )
  kerya | Jul 24, 2012 |
Set on a French canal between the wars. A story of love and revenge. Guilt and the life force that persists in spite of it. Hard to say if I continue with this series. ( )
  Darrol | Dec 24, 2010 |
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In the French original, Le charretier de "la Providence" (1931).

Variously published in English as:
(i) "The Crime at Lock 14," with "The Shadow in the Courtyard" (1934), and in The Triumph of Inspector Maigret (1934);
(ii) Maigret Meets a Milord (1963), and
(iii) with the same title in the omnibus Maigret Meets a Milord (with "Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets" and "Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett"; 1983);
(iv) Lock 14 (2003)
and (v)The Carter of "La Providence" (2014). 
Please distinguish between the stand-alone title and the 1983 omnibus of the same name which includes other works.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143037277, Paperback)

Mystery legend Georges Simenon comes to Penguin with classic works in celebration of the iconic Inspector Maigret’s 75th anniversary

One of the world’s most successful crime writers, Georges Simenon has thrilled mystery lovers around the world since 1931 with his matchless creation Inspector Maigret. Seventy-five years later, the incomparable Maigret mysteries make their Penguin debut with three of his most compelling cases.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:40:32 -0400)

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When a woman is found strangled in a stable near Lock 14, her husband is unmoved and unhelpful. Gradually, a story of whisky-fuelled orgies and a nomadic lifestyle unfold, but can the crime be solved from aboard the yacht, or somewhere else along the canal?… (more)

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