Maigret and the Nahour Case by Georges Simenon

Maigret and the Nahour Case

Inspector Maigret is experiencing chilly weather, and so am I! ūüėÄ

In Maigret and the Nahour Case, our good detective is asleep when the sound of the phone ringing disrupts his dreams in the middle of the night. The phone call is from Pardon, with whom Maigret and his wife had enjoyed a scrumptious meal just a few hours before. Pardon, a physician, is one of the few friends Maigret has outside the police, so for the longest time, monthly dinner between the two families has been a tradition. And on this particular evening, after dinner, Maigret and Pardon had had a long cheerful conversation before they retired for the night.

The urgency Maigret detects in his friend’s voice concerns him, although Pardon refuses to intimate any details over the phone. Instead, he requests Maigret hurry back to his place so he could relate the night’s occurrences to Maigret in person. It turns out a little after Maigret and his wife left Pardon’s apartment, Pardon was visited by a young woman and a man. The woman had been shot in the back, and while Pardon was attending to the wound, the man has told him that he saw the woman getting shot by a man in a passing car. As Pardon is required by law to inform the police when treating gunshot wounds, he has gone to his office to make the phone call. And by the time he returned, they had disappeared.

This is indeed an unusual case, made even more curious by the fact that Pardon didn’t buy the man’s story. The man had wanted Pardon to believe he was just a good Samaritan who stopped to help a total stranger, but their body language had led Pardon to believe they were a couple. On top of Pardon’s suspicions, Maigret’s inquiries also make it clear that no drive-by shootings had happened in the neighborhood that night.¬† The first break-through of this case comes the next morning when Maigret gets informed of a murder. The murdered man is Nahour, a professional gambler, and inside his house, Maigret finds a photo of a woman that matches the description of Pardon’s shooting victim, who is Nahour’s wife. With everyone relevant to the case lying through their teeth, and Mrs. Nahour having fled to Amsterdam with her companion, Maigret has a tough time cracking this case. But eventually, as always, Maigret’s patience pays off.

I wouldn’t say¬†Maigret and the Nahour Case is as thrilling as some of the previous installments (since most of the time is spent on interviewing suspects who give up nothing till the end), but the story shines on Maigret’s old school upbringing (at one point, Maigret admits he loathes to resort to phone tapping with anyone other than career criminals), and his softer side (because Maigret has been in a happy marriage for a long time, he has a soft spot for couples who he believes are genuinely in love).

3 stars.

Note: Many thanks to Penguin for sending me a review copy of Maigret and the Nahour Case.

** You can buy a copy of Maigret and the Nahour Case here on Book Depository with free shipping.

2 comments

  1. Always enjoy reading your reviews.

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    1. It’s mutual! ūüôā

      Liked by 1 person

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