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Le Chien jaune The fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge in Linda Asher's timeless translation There was an exaggerated humility about her Her cowed eyes her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things of uivering nervously at the slight­est word were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship And yet he sensed beneath that image glints of pride held firmly in check She was anaemic Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire Nevertheless she was strangely appealing perhaps because she seemed troubled despondent sicklyIn the windswept seaside town of Concarneau a local wine merchant is shot In fact someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic For Maigret the answers lie with the pale downtrodden waitress Emma and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows

  • Paperback
  • 134 pages
  • Le Chien jaune
  • Georges Simenon
  • English
  • 10 November 2014
  • 9780141393476

About the Author: Georges Simenon

Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels over 150 novellas several autobiographical works numerous articles and scores of pulp novels written under than two dozen pseudonyms Altogether about 550 million copies of his works have been printedHe is best known however for his 75



10 thoughts on “Le Chien jaune

  1. Adrian Adrian says:

    And so my personal challenge to read all the Maigrets continues This is number 5 in the series despite what GR says and at my rationed rate of 1 a month otherwise I’d probably binge read and maybe even get fed up with them I have over 6 years to go woo hoo This was as excellent as all the previous novels this time marvellously translated by Linda Asher Maigret has just returned to Paris after setting up the flying suad in Rennes when he is called in to investigate the almost murderous attack on a respected pillar of the Concarneau community More to follow tomorrow when I’m not on my phone but this is a solid and eminently enjoyable 5 star readThis book is a marvellous example of Maigret's style as he himself says sometimes he allows things to happen and sometimes he drives the action these are my words précis ing what Maigret explains to his junior officer There are a number of red herrings a number or people misrepresenting themselves and still Maigret cuts through to the solution of the case showing his intelligence his caring side and above all his perceptivenessAs I said above this is a solid 5 star book for anyone who likes detective stories it conjures up France in the 1930s and yet above all it is timelessI am going to find it difficult not to choose my monthly Maigret as my favourite monthly book we shall see

  2. Manny Manny says:

    Celebrity Death Match Special Le chien jaune versus SnoopyAwarding of match point delayed after Inspector Maigret reminds judges not to draw premature conclusions

  3. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    Four hard drinking lecherous friends — all of them well to do — meet most nights at the Admiral Hotel’s café in the backwater seaside town of Concarneau — when they’re not carousing On Friday Nov 7 one of their number is wounded shot in the stomach on his way home from a night of drinking with these friends One by one each friend is attacked — always when a certain yellow dog is present or appears soon after — until only one remains the cowardly Dr Ernest Michoux Beside himself with terror Dr Michoux refuses to leave the confines of the Admiral Hotel Will the murderer strike again anyway?Georges Simenon has crafted an intriguing slim novel in which Inspector Jules Maigret operates at his surliest He realizes that the perpetrator is sowing red herrings to disguise the real purpose of the crime spree And that the finest citizens of Concarneau have the most to hide For those looking for a mystery story with some French flair and an off beat plot look no farther than The Yellow Dog

  4. Toby Toby says:

    There's a reason this one is considered a classic Maigret The early books in this series have been a little bit hit and miss in terms of real uality vs Simenon's famed speedy production but The Yellow Dog was reissued as part of the Penguin Red Classics series and is deserving of the accoladeSet in a sleepy seaside town Maigret is called in to solve the seemingly random shooting of a drunken major from a letterbox of a locked up abandoned building There's a multitude of suspects and suspicions amongst the locals and many red herrings planted in his path but naturally Maigret has everything under controlSimenon puts together a fine mystery with a high uality of human observation and a way of setting scene that is second to none The way he evokes the cold and fog of small town life leaves you thinking you can smell the damp in the air even when you're on an air conditioned train in Perth and the games he plays with your sympathies for each character makes for a fun ridePeople have criticised the passivity of Maigret in this story and others from the near hundred in the collection but personally I enjoy them; knowing your hero is playing games with everyone from the beginning to establish proof of guilt brings a different level of pleasure from your mystery reading

  5. Paul Secor Paul Secor says:

    As is true of all of the Maigret novels that I've read perhaps particularly the earlier ones this isn't about the solution of a crime although there is a solution It's about atmosphere and psychology with the spectre and at the same time reality of a yellow dog pervading everythingIf someone is new to Simenon's Maigret novels this might be as good a place to start as any I read an amusing anecdote recently that I thought I'd share hereA recent letter in the London Review of Books tells a story of Alfred Hitchcock telephoning Simenon at his home in Switzerland only to be told by his secretary that the writer couldn't be disturbed because he had just begun a new novel Hitchcock aware of Simenon's prodigiousness replied That's all right I'll wait

  6. Sharon Barrow Wilfong Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I really like these Penguin editions of Simenon's mysteries That's just form not substance I understand but some editions make the reading experience pleasurable I don't know whyThis mystery is one of Simenon's earlier works It was published in 1931 It's good to put that in context so you understand when they talk about The War they are talking about WWIA man leaves a cafe It is very windy and he cannot light his cigar He steps into the entrance by the door of an empty house bends his head over and concentrates on lighting Then he keels overA security guard has been watching him and smiles at the man's drunken gestures but when the man does not move he becomes concerned It turns out the man has been shotHow and why did this man get shot? This mystery takes place in a small fishing town away from Paris so our Inspector Maigret works with the local police and also his subordinate Leroy Actually they all work with Maigret He does not compromise he ignores the insistent press demanding information and calmly traces the man's connections and finds a network of friends all who are extremely scared about the attempt on their friend's lifeDid one of them do it? Did someone else? And what about this huge yellow dog that is hanging around? Who does he belong to? Why is the dog and his owner in the town and do they have anything to do with the crime?And are crimes going to be committed? Read the book

  7. Thomas Thomas says:

    Very enjoyable I am loving these books so far I think this one is my second favourite of the ones I have read up to now

  8. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Well that was fun and the ending completely unexpected as I keep saying on this book shortly

  9. John John says:

    Another great Maigret tinged with the mysterious yellow dog appearing when a crime occurs Set in a French seaside town A man leaves a cafe late in the evening on a rainy windy night and stops in a doorway and is shot in the stomach Who shot him and why Maigret is called in and while talking the friends of the victim a doctor notices their drinks are doctored which turns out to be strychnine Another of the friends disappear with their car bloodstained footprints of a giant man are found the dog is attacked the doctor begins to panic and Maigret smokes drinks ponders and allows things to occur angering the local major Dodgy real estate deals Emma the scared waitress in the cafe a ship smuggling and a link to America are revealed with revenge the motive but that is not the reason or rather a contribution Great atmospheric writing although the revenge motive a bit far fetched

  10. Jenny Jenny says:

    SoI wrote this whole review in French and was very happy because it was my first review all in French but my computer is being so annoying and the entire review got deleted I copy as I go with my reviews so if that happens I can just paste it back in but this time I was copying and pasting into Google Translate to make sure my review was saying what I wanted it to say so when I lost my review I was only left with the last thing I copied into Google Translate which was the last sentence of my review Et hélas je n'ai pas la cœur d'écrire la revue entière une second fois donc voici la dernière phrase ue j'ai écrit auparavant lauelle au fond dit la partie la plus importante de ma revueBref je peux recommander ce livre car il est intéressant et si on veux lire uelue chose rapidement on peut lire cela vite et se divertir Mais je ne pense pas u'il soit une histoire de mystère exemplaire Pour les erreurs dans ce ue j'ai écritpardonnez moi c'est l'essaie ui compte n'est ce pas?Oh je dois ajouterTout seul dans la voiture Maigret haussa au moins trois fois les épaules comme un homme ui a une rude envie de se mouer de luiCe ne serait pas un livre français sans la haussement d’épaules pas un pas deux mais TROIS fois

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