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Publisher's Summary

A sparkling new translation of this flashback to the start of Inspector Maigret's career, part of the new Penguin Maigret series.

The profession he had always yearned for did not actually exist...he imagined a cross between a doctor and a priest - a man capable of understanding another's destiny at first glance.

The very first investigation by eager young police secretary Jules Maigret leads him to a wealthy Paris family's dark secrets.

©2016 Georges Simenon (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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"His artistry is supreme." (John Banville)
"One of the greatest writers of the 20th century.... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." ( Guardian)

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Interesting

An enjoyable listen. Not the best Maigret, and still good. The atmosphere and humour is very much there and kind of fun to learn how it all starts. I suspect it will add to my enjoyment when I go back and listen to the other stories in the series.

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  • 02-24-20

Excellent

Excellent, even if hard to follow all the different names. it leaves you wanting to go right to Book 2.

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  • Tim and Mary
  • 04-20-21

One of the best novels

I have listened to all the stories so far from Book 1, and this is one of the best and indeed possibly the best

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  • Martyn
  • 03-24-18

Undue Influence of the Upper Classes

Would you consider the audio edition of Maigret's First Case to be better than the print version?

I don't know I haven't read the print version. N/AGareth Armstrong's tone, modulation and pace were good. His change of voice for each character wasn't too exaggerated. Overall the feeling of patience and wisdom of a green/rookie detective permeated the telling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maigret's First Case?

The realisation that his police force was impure. ... making the acquaintance of Dada, the flutist, the bawdy housemaid.

Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favourite?

Dada, as performed by Gareth Armstrong was one of my favourite characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Learning on the Job.Patience is a Virtue.Be Prepared to be Shocked ... but Keep a Straight Face.

Any additional comments?

Maigret's philosophy comes through as ... You have to be able to get to know the people and their lives and assess their character to enable you to solve the crime.