MAIGRET AND THE MAN ON THE BENCH, Georges Simenon
This was a strong story and good in all the ways that matter except one-the ending was one of those that came out of nowhere. At least for me.
A body turns up in an alley, the victim of a stabbing. He seems to be a mild-mannered fellow but his wife, IDing the body, says the shoes are not his. He never wore brown shoes. And the tie was too wild.
Maigret finds the man indeed has led a second life. And the second life is far more edgy than the first.
Simenon is very skilled at giving us a look at proper bourgeois French society here and how its expectations take a toll. I very much enjoyed reading a straight forward, well-written, character driven story. Just what I needed now.And isn't the jacket terrific?
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