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by Georges Simenon

One rainy night, a canal worker stumbles across the strangled body of Mary Lampson in a stable near Lock 14. The dead woman's husband seems unmoved by her death and is curt and unhelpful when Maigret interviews him aboard his yacht. But gradually Maigret is able to piece together their story - a sordid tale of whisky-fuelled orgies and nomadic life on the canals. Can the answer to this crime be found aboard the yacht? Or is the murderer among the bargees, carters and lock-keepers who work the canal? 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.
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ISBN: 014118728X
ISBN13: 978-0141187280
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Georges Simenon
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (May 29, 2003)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1291 kb
FB2 size: 1112 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 344
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All of Simenon is wonderful, but caveat emptor: This is the same novel as "The Carter of La Providence." I ordered both, thinking they were two different novels. They are different translations, but the same story. Translators might find it interesting to compare the two. But buyers should know this. Amazon was great about making it right. Selling two of the same book with different titles is careless. Amazon should add this to both descriptions.
In this atmospheric novel, Simenon immerses us in canal life, a curiously fluid realm where it's almost always raining, and the inhabitants soak themselves besides in wine, beer and hot toddies at all hours of the day and night.

Maigret is adrift in a world he knows nothing about. He knocks down a few beers himself to get acclimatized.

Corpses appear in unlikely places, and there are never any witnesses. Clues abound, but are they fishy? A yacht full of dissipated foreigners holds out the promise of some suspects, yet the vacillating Chief Inspector feels obliged to look longer and deeper.

This is an excellent Maigret, with an ultimately likeable cast of sots and sinners.
As with most of Simenon's works, if you enjoy Maigret, you'll like this story. It's a bit more involved than many and an early Maigret. At first, I thought it was a newer and poorer translation but when I compared it with an old hardcopy book I had, I found it to be the same. I like the old, plodding Maigret and with Simenon, you stay right with the inspector. There are no digressions. Recommended.
It was the first Georges Simenon book I have read. French friends of mine had been telling me that I had to try some of his mysteries, so I randomly picked this one. It was a great read. Very engaging, a good story that was not predictable, and the detective, Maigret, was a very believable detective, with good old fashion sleuthing skills. It is a short book, and a really nice one to curl up with a snowy or rainy afternoon.
These stories go back to a simpler time when clues were subtle and intuition was respected. Maigret is an appealing character for his humanity as well as his smarts. If you have ever lived in New York State, life along the Erie Canal will be a familiar theme. An interesting read to accompany the Maigret mysteries is "The Neruda Case" where the techniques of Maigret are both utilized and scorned. These stories will not rival high tech thrillers but have a simple charm.
Have not read it yet, but love his other books.
One of the interesting things about an Inspector Maigret story is the complex characters you meet. In addition this story puts the inspector in a setting that is new to him. Mixed in with a very good mystery is life on the canals and the people who move the barges along. All in all a good story.
Simenon's first novel with Inspector Maigret...Odd formatting from Kindle of this French translated writing. The Kindle copy had short 3 line or 4 line sentences grouped with an inch spacing between the next set of sentences...had to get use to this format. Or, maybe it almost seems much is missing between these gaps. And as a result, I lost interest a few times. The story it self was very slow paced and fragmented in writing...maybe it was one of those things that was lost in the translation to English. It was interesting to see the character of Inspector Maigret go about his business of solving the crime...after a few chapters I picked up on the Simenon way of writing and really had to use my imagination of what was going on...not much in structure of describing the visual in the writing. Per haps this is how Simenon wrote back in those days (...however, Simenon's 1933 novel "The Nightclub"- felt more structured). "Lock 14" picked up a much better pace near the end..made sense in finishing of Simenon's writing. Still however there was this "gap" between the small sometimes unfinished paragraphs that kept me wondering what might have been left out or never translated at all. I am disappointed in how the Inspector Maigret mystery all unfolded, slow with too many unfinished sentences...hard to follow. However, as for me, I had a nice look into a writer from that timeline period of the 1930's. I've always been fascinated with authors from that period in literature, and even many of the modern day authors who capture the 1930/1940 in their novels.