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A rich American widow and her maid have been stabbed to death in a brutal attack. All the evidence points to Joseph, a young drifter, and he is soon arrested. But what is his motive? Or is he just a pawn in a wider conspiracy?Inspector Maigret believes the police have the wrong man and lets him escape from prison to prove his innocence. perhaps, with Joseph on the loose, tA rich American widow and her maid have been stabbed to death in a brutal attack. All the evidence points to Joseph, a young drifter, and he is soon arrested. But what is his motive? Or is he just a pawn in a wider conspiracy?Inspector Maigret believes the police have the wrong man and lets him escape from prison to prove his innocence. perhaps, with Joseph on the loose, the real murderer will surface.A deadly game of cross and double-cross has begun......

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A Man's Head Reviews

    2019-04-26 00:53

    Of all the Inspector Maigret novels I have read thus far (10), "A Man's Head" on the face of it was one of the most baffling to me. The story begins with Maigret visiting La Santé Prison, where a man (Joseph Heurtin) he had apprehended and had apparently proven his guilt in the murders of a rich, elderly American widow and her maid, awaited his execution. Heurtin had always asserted his innocence, though the evidence at the crime scene supported his culpability in the crime. Heurtin had been caught in the summer and at the time of the novel's opening, it is autumn in Paris. Simenon does an excellent job in conveying to the reader the effects of that season on the city and its people. I was left with the feeling of being in a city usually brimming with joie de vivre, but, due to the changes of seasons, was now subdued, dour. For autumn is but a gateway to a long, chilly, icy winter. A trial for any Parisian or visitor to the city to endure. Maigret by now has second thoughts about Heurtin. He comes to feel with certainty that Heurtin is not guilty of both murders. But how to prove his innocence? Maigret now puts himself on a course that could lead to him forfeiting his position and reputation within the Police Judiciare. Here is where the novel takes on the characteristics of a maze, yielding an outcome that is both spellbinding and surprising.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-03-28 00:01

    How an author as prolific as Simenon could maintain such high standards is beyond me, this early entry in the Maigret series was book 5 of 11(!) published in the series in 1931 and they range from good to very good."I was born in the dark and in the rain but I got away. The crimes I write about are the crimes I would have committed if I had not got away." - Georges SimenonThis particular entry is notable for featuring a psychological showdown between the hero cop and the killer who is baiting him, a leap of faith based on Maigret's intuition as a condemned man is elaborately helped to escape in the opening chapter and the angry world view of a poor but intelligent man causing pain and misery to those around him.As always there is a fair amount of detecting done whilst refilling a pipe and enjoying a local cafe but this is no cosy mystery, it's a dark tale of life and death, of blackmail and murder, of a game of cat and mouse between detective and genius. Instead of the usual approach towards crime solving, this time Maigret knows who the killer is already and instead must find proof to back up his intuition. A giant leap in terms of the detective novel in 1931 that today is quite common place that combines with several elements of what would come to be known as hard-boiled and noir fiction to form an exciting change in direction for the crime novel.

  • Mohammad Ali
    2019-04-06 02:41

    اگر شخصیت رادک رو کنار بذاریم، کتابی بود کشنده و جذاب که کنار گذاشتنش واقعا سخت بوداز وقتی رادک وارد داستان شد شخصیت زیادی زرنگ او و حرف هایش داستان رو تاحدی غیرطبیعی کرد. به نظرم اگر او یه کم طبیعی تر و معمولی تر ترسیم می شد؛ اون نفسی گیری تا آخر ادامه پیدا می کرداما علی رغم این نکته ی به نظر من منفی، داستانی بود خواندنی. نوشتار کوتاهی که در پایان کتاب در مورد آثار سیمنون نوشته شده بود هم گرچه مختصر بود اما اشارات جالبی داشت

  • Lisa
    2019-04-07 08:03

    I don't know whether I'm more excited that I finished this book or that I am finally able to read a book written in French albeit in easy French. I've been reading La Tete d'un Homme with my French class and this week we will be discussing the last chapter. I finished reading it yesterday. After 40 years of having virtually no opportunity to speak that beautiful language, I had pretty much forgotten it. Ironically, a trip to South Florida where I met many people from Quebec motivated me to relearn the language.La tete d'un homme is one in a series of many mysteries written in France in the 1950's. In this mystery, the story begins as Maigret, police inspector and main character, is visiting Heurtin in prison for the last time. Heurtin is condemned to die for the murder of a wealthy American ex-patriot woman and her live-in servant. Maigret has nagging doubts about Heurtin's guilt. At the eleventh hour, Heurtin escapes from prison and Maigret is suspected by some of abetting him.In the ensuing chapters, Maigret searches for the real culprit along with evidence of Heurtin's innocence. I won't be a spoiler by telling the ending, but let it suffice to say that there are at least 25 other Maigret mysteries. Some of them were seen as movies in France in the 1950's.This book was an enjoyable one to read with the Parisian 1950's setting. As in the United States, it was a more innocent time. Crimes were committed, but the crime itself in this book is not described as graphically as it would be today. Readers were given credit for having enough imagination to fill in the blanks. In many ways, Maigret's fits and starts and seeming bumbling were similar to Columbo's. I enjoyed his mysteries, too. If you enjoyed them, you would enjoy the mysteries of Maigret. Today in class we're seeing the movie. I'm eager to see how it compares to the book.

  • Rhys
    2019-04-03 02:41

    I have recently become addicted to Simenon's 'Maigret' novels. This is the fourth I have read so far and it's brilliant. The atmosphere, the pacing, the plotting: everything is tremendous! I have already acquired two more 'Maigret' novels and have started reading one of them...

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-04-19 02:49

    Usually large and in charge, Chief Inspector Jules Maigret rarely breaks a sweat in most of Georges Simenon’s novels, but in A Man’s Head, Maigret’s job is on the line.Joseph Heurtin, a deliveryman, was condemned to hang for the brutal stabbing murder of a rich American woman, Mrs. Henderson, and her maid. Gradually, Maigret comes to believe that Heurtin — who never met the women, from whom nothing was stolen — is a fall guy in a bigger plan. But what? To find out, Maigret engineers Heurtin’s escape from the Santé prison’s High Surveillance wing in order to follow him. Coméliau, the examining magistrate and Maigret’s nemesis, makes it clear that, should things go wrong, it will be on Maigret’s head. And do things go wrong! For much of the novel, Maigret, although outwardly placid, is inwardly wracked with anxiety — as is the reader! What did Mrs. Henderson really die? And how are Heurtin and the murdered women connected to a young Czech medical student who makes no secret of knowing too much about the case? As Heurtin gives one police tail after another the slip, the case becomes more and more baffling, even for Maigret, much less the reader. You’ll find yourself anxiously reading A Man’s Head in one go in order to see Maigret crack this tough case.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-11 00:45

    A short take:The first half of this book was great: Maigret puts his career on the line by gambling on a man's possible innocence, and it is clear that some of the big wigs in law enforcement are just waiting for the big man to mess up. In fact, a person with Maigret's track record probably would inspire some to nurse misgivings about his successes. The second half of the story, in which Maigret seizes upon his true suspect, did not fascinate nearly as much, as the perp did not present an interesting character or motivation. One passage in this book that wowed me with its elegance:Paris was wearing the cheerless face it always has in the unlovely days of October. Harsh daylight fell from a sky which resembled a dirty ceiling. Traces of the previous night's rain still glistened on the pavements.The pedestrians had the grim air of people who have not yet adapted to winter. (49)

  • Maureen
    2019-04-13 01:54

    this is the first novel i've read by georges simenon period, and the first i've read in his detective series featuring inspector maigret. having just read my first martin beck novel, i was much struck by the similarities between the two heroes: both have a determined, patient, and inexorable approach to the crimes in question though maigret, being french, seems to give a bit more of his inner turmoil away, and in general seems more loved and respected by his peers. and really, one feels how french this novel is: some turns of phrase in english seemed to reverberate with the language they've been translated from; i could hear the french behind them, even those words that aren't devoted to the streets and cafes of paris and the surrounding countryside. the story is of a man who has been convicted of a double homicide: he is set free in the hope that maigret can find out definitively whether he committed the crime, despite the facts of the case. i will be reading more. :)

  • Zee
    2019-04-20 05:48

    The Maigret Mysteries of Simenon are not so widely read anymore, which is a shame, because this is a good little book to delve into when you have the time. Although it is not as complex as Poe's tales of 'ratiocination' or as refined as Christie's Poirot; Simenon's story stands up as a good example of how to do a character study of a villain. In short, it dusts off the quaint Victoriana and Gothic garbs that became synonymous with the genre, and sets a decidedly gritty, modern tone. Within Simenon's sharp prose, Paris comes to life in all it's gaudy splendour. One can see this easily influencing later crime-noir authors like Raymond Chandler. As the title suggests, the storyline hinges on the 'psychological' aspect of detective work, the second-guessing, the think-work rather than the action. This is the classic tale of two adversaries on opposite sides of the law who come to loggerheads. On one hand there is Maigret; a gifted, seasoned detective who has proved himself beyond doubt in his professional field. On the other hand is Joseph Huertin, a convicted murderer who miraculously escapes prison with the help of... well, Maigret himself. This explosive start to the narrative whets the appetite for what's to become a very dark and cunning cat-and-mouse chase. It is then that we discover that Heurtin, with his slow mental faculties, is an unlikely candidate for the calculated, brutal killings he has been tried for. Instead, Maigret puts his job on the line in one final attempt to nab the real murderer, with Heurtin as bait. The rollicking start to the novel is sustained with the gradual introduction of said 'real' killer, who turns out to be a devilishly cunning adversary clever enough to go toe-to-toe with Maigret. I certainly appreciated how Simenon gave a lot of thought to his villain. He really made the effort to make this a 'match'. Most detective stories are filled with bad guys who in the long run are not geared up to really fight the system. But I am glad to say that this one does. This is a great read for those looking for something a little bit different in the genre. If you go into this expecting Booker Prize winning prose then you will be disappointed. This is definitely good, clean 'pulp fiction'. Just have fun with it. Who knows, you might even like it!

  • Jim
    2019-03-28 05:36

    This is no Sherlock Holmes, this is no "tale of ratiocination" to use Poe's term. No, Inspector Maigret is a superb tuned intellect with years of experience dealing with crime. His five foot ten frame, weighing some 200 pounds, is almost totally impassive. You will never see this investigator running off at the mouth. He will hang around until the facts make themselves clear, and then he will act with decisive speed to tie up the loose ends.Georges Simenon is, to my mind, a crossover writer. He has gone well beyond the mystery and whodunit genres, just as (again in my opinion) John LeCarre and Eric Ambler are far more than writers of spy stories. We are dealing with genre fiction that has more than a little universal about it in its study of the criminal mind.In Maigret's War of Nerves a rich widow and her maid are brutally stabbed to death in a St-Cloud mansion, and a hapless young man named Heurtin is arrested, convicted, and sentenced to the guillotine. He would have been executed, too, except that Maigret saw him as too hapless for that sort of thing; so he convinces his superiors to let Heurtin "escape" -- with Maigret's promise that he would produce the real killer in ten days.Those ten days are a real nail-biter, until we run into a hyper-intellectual med student named Radek who seems to know too much and who tries too hard to twit Maigret and his associates. From that point on, Maigret bides his time until Radek's confidence begins to fray. And then it happens....

  • Rosenkavalier
    2019-04-01 04:50

    Quando vado in montagna da solo, arrivato al rifugio ho sempre un po' di tempi morti da ammazzare prima di cena o dopo cena, finite le solite chiacchiere con gli occasionali compagni di tavolo. Di recente, leggo un Maigret: non impegna troppo e rilassa.Questa puntata della saga non mi era sembrata granchè, a parte la trovata (credo piuttosto originale, per l'epoca) che innesca il racconto. Di lì in poi, la storia si svolge in modo del tutto trascurabile, almeno fino alla conclusione. Non voglio rovinare la sorpresa, quindi mi limito a dire che Simenon, invece di piazzare il consueto "spiegone", ricostruisce a ritroso i motivi della vicenda con grande abilità, utilizzando la sua finezza di analisi psicologica in modo sorprendente per i tempi. Tratteggia il profilo di un criminale che oggi definiremmo "sociopatico" con toni e argomenti che nel 2016 sono clichè da telefilm, ma immagino che nel 1931 fossero parecchio innovativi.Finora, uno dei migliori episodi.

  • Sahar
    2019-03-27 05:38

    شاید بتوان گفت فقط فصل اول و فقط برای چند دقیقه هیجان انگیز بود. داستان جنایی ای نه کلیشه ای اما خیلی ساده و به دور از هوش بالایی بود. توقع من از جذابیت کاراکتر مگره خیلی بیشتر بود که انتظارم برآورده نشد اما رادک، جدای از اینکه برای جذابیت داستان نیاز به نبوغ او وجود داشت و جدای از این بحث که نگاه روانشناسانه جالبی نسبت به خودش و همچنین از دید او نسبت به بقیه ارائه شده بود، اما کلیشه ی نیاز به خودنمایی و لو رفتن و دستگیر شدنش توسط یک مامور قانون بسیار زننده بود. رویهمرفته لذتی از این داستان نصیب من نشد و چالش فکری خاصی برای خواننده وجود نداشت. شاید بتوان گفت به عنوان یک رمان جنایی، رمانی درجه دو یا سه محسوب میشود.

  • Columbus
    2019-03-29 00:50

    This is the 5th (of 75) book in the Inspector Maigret series I've read. I decided to read the entire Penguin translated series in order as they were written. Maigret's War of Nerves is the version I read, which is another version that was translated previously. I started reading both but enjoyed War of Nerves a lot more.I haven't given any of the books more than three stars but I'm enjoying them immensely. They are very atmospheric and the writing is wonderful. It's Hercule Poirot meets Highsmith in Paris.Found out in this early Maigret that he's 45 years old but he's a crotchety 45 who appears to be much older. This suspense novel was at it best the last 1/4 of the book and the wrap-up was truly intense. Georges Simenon is a wonderful Belgium suspense novelist and these are great mystery/thriller novels with the parisian inspector Jules Maigret. Just 70 more books to go!

  • Kerrie
    2019-04-16 04:53

    Maigret puts his career on the line when he arranges the escape from prison of a convicted murderer on the night before his execution. The prisoner has been not able to tell the authorities anything other than protest his innocence. Maigret is hoping he will lead them to the real murderer.But it is one thing finding the possible murderer and quite another to get him to confess, or to discover why the murder was committed.This is an audio version

  • Nigel Bird
    2019-04-25 06:40

    I read three Maigret novels while I was in France at the beginning of the month, each of which provided me with lots of the mood and atmosphere I was after. None of them disappointed, but they did vary between good and great.I’ll start at the good end of things with A Man’s Head.In this one, Maigret stakes his career on his instincts and arranges the escape of a prisoner from death row. The idea is that by following the prisoner, the true facts of the murder case concerned will come to light. Things don’t go entirely to plan when the prisoner ends up falling asleep for most of his first day of freedom.Maigret hangs around in a bar full of well-to-do travellers from around the world to get his head round the murder. In doing so, he encounters a young man who taunts and goads the chief inspector by hinting that there is more to the case than has been understood thus far and that Maigret is unlikely to put the pieces of the puzzle into place.This had echoes of Crime and Punishment as the elements of guilt drive the culprit to their downfall, yet it lacks a crisp punch or any real sense of weight. The strong opening loses some momentum and the conclusion, though almost perfectly dark, misses a beat or two.My favourite section here was the insight into the backrooms of the Palais De Justice and the detailed obsessive forensic work of Moers.Well worth a read, as always, but not top of the form.

  • Richard
    2019-04-16 05:46

    After a few weeks where the World Cup interrupted my reading time, a restless night has enabled me to read this book in pretty quick time.This is an early Maigret novel; wonderfully capturing the inspector's brooding presence and demonstrating his bloodhound qualities of seeking out his man and establishing justice.Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is unhappy about a recent double murder which he didn't oversee after making an arrest. Subsequently there was trial and the convicted murdered abandoned by even his family waits on the Santé prison's High Surveillance wing for execution.He comes up with a scheme to flush out the real killer but in the process he places his own reputation and career on the line. The plan is to allow the prisoner to think his 'accomplice' has arranged for his jail break and to follow him to see where he goes once he is free to wander around Paris.Nothing goes to plan and never has Maigret had more to lose as he has given himself just ten days to save his name and job. It becomes a war of nerves and a challenge of minds as Maigret's gamble to save a man's life is played out. However, although he becomes convinced the fall guy was framed the murder appears to have been the perfect crime.This has all the drama of Pietr the Latvian. This is Maigret at his very best seemingly married to his job, managing his detective team when he can't be everywhere and accepting their limitations. He relies on his creative investigatory skills to their maximum but has he come up against his nemesis.This is classic Maigret and every word in this engaging books a joy to read.I thank Penguin once again for re-releasing the complete series Maigret novels in modern translations and I would encourage all crime fiction lovers to return to these classical stories or even find them for the first time.

  • Daniel Ágreda-Sánchez
    2019-04-07 06:03

    Así como en la filosofía y en la literatura en general, también en aquella de género los franceses marcan clarísimas diferencias con el resto de Europa y de América. Simenon es un clásico, Maigret es un referente obligado en la novela policial. Se deja leer en unas pocas horas y uno siente que ha invertido provechosamente el tiempo. En "La cabeza de un hombre", Maigret no solo defiende la del condenado a muerte por un delito que, a todas luces, no cometió, sino que además se mete en la cabeza del asesino para desenredar un misterio cuyo final se adivina hacia la mitad de la novela. Lo que desconocemos son las cuitas (y estas no defraudan). Ya sobre Simenon está dicho todo, y también sobre Maigret así que solo he de añadir que, le cojas el libro que le cojas, este no tiene pierde. Aquí hay garantía de que uno se va a refrescar de todos los otros policiales: es efectivo como un capítulo de serie televisiva, no tiene pretensiones literarias muy profundas y tampoco te rompe el coco. Y tiene el plus de ser literatura de la buena. ¿Qué más?

  • Hikari
    2019-04-27 05:35

    Der fünfte Band der 75teiligen Reihe über den Pariser Kriminalkommissar Jules Maigret erzählt eine spannende Geschichte, die vom Verlag als einer der merkwürdigsten Fälle beschrieben wird.Sobald man die ganze Geschichte erfährt und alle Fakten kennt, weiß man, dass es nicht der merkwürdigste, aber wohl einer der schauerlichsten Fälle ist. So viel Abgebrühtheit und Hass - hui.Zuvor sorgt das Geschehen aber für reichlich Spannung, da man mit Maigret bzw. sogar etwas länger als Maigret auf dem Schlauch steht und sich keinen rechten Reim aus der Geschichte machen kann. Man wird direkt ins Geschehen geworfen und steht vor einem großen Puzzle. Dennoch wirbeln die Ereignisse so viel auf, dass die Spannung nicht nachlässt.Ich habe das Buch in einem Rutsch gelesen und bin immer wieder fasziniert von Simenons Charakterstudien. Es liest sich großartig und macht wirklich Spaß, mit Maigret auf Mörderjagd zu gehen.

  • Mmyoung
    2019-04-03 01:37

    A comparatively disappointing outing for Maigret after the high quality of the last two books. Simenon continues his exploration of Paris life but in a manner less convincing, or compelling than his recently published books. The conceit behind the opening two chapters of the book is surprising and the reader looks forward to a fresh insight in the ways in which Maigret himself, as opposed to the system in which he works, comes to conclusions as to guilt and innocence. Unfortunately that opening promises more than the book delivers.Like almost all Simenons this book is worth reading if only for the detailed and loving portrait of the different ways that Parisians of different classes live their lives although it does not rate among the “must reads” or even more so, the “must rereads” of the Maigret books.

  • pierlapoquimby
    2019-04-11 23:56

    Un Maigret va sempre bene.Possibili applicazioni pratiche:1) in stazioneil treno è in ritardo, l'uomo seduto al mio fianco indossa degli orribili sandali e siamo solo ad aprile, la piadina m'è rimasta sullo stomaco, ma...2) in borsala borsa è piena zeppa di fascicoli, pesa un quintale, non c'è spazio quasi per nient'altro, ma...3) pausa pranzodevo ancora finire l'atto che scade domani, alle tre passa il ragioniere con i documenti che avrebbe dovuto consegnarmi giorni fa, il telefono pare impazzito e sembra proprio che il capo voglia smollarmi quel contrattino neppure abbozzato e spacciato al cliente per “da rivedere”, ma...4) domenicami alzo presto, piove, resto in pigiama, mi annoio, ma......un Maigret va sempre bene.

  • Eric_W
    2019-04-06 01:58

    A short Maigret in the classic Simenon tradition wherein Maigret solves a baffling mystery. An old woman and her maid is killed by a man to whom all the evidence points, yet even though he was the arresting officer, Maigret cannot reconcile the psychology of the man with the evidence. He arranges for the convicted killer to escape, risking his reputation and job discovering the identity of the true murderer while drawing on his pipe and sipping at his Calvados.The Maigret novels are addictive.

  • Mark
    2019-03-27 23:55

    A Man's Head felt like one of the best Maigret novels I'd read yet, until a rather unsatisfying final solution to the mystery. It starts with a bang as Maigret allows a death-row prisoner to escape in order to help Maigret find the real murderer. I especially liked the interplay between Maigret and the actual murderer, reflecting Simenon's recurring theme of kinship between criminal and detective.

  • Shams Alizada
    2019-03-30 03:51

    İlk başlarda aşırı sıkıcı, karmakarışık gibi gözükmesi sizi aldatmasın, az kalsın beni okumaktan vazgeçiriyordu. Ne iyi ki vazgeçmemişim diyebiliyorsam 4.5 puanı hak ediyor.Spoiler vermek istemiyorum tek diyeceğim Radek karakterini iyi inceleyin. Adam başlı başına kitap. Kitap heyecanlandırdı mı? Heyecanlandırdı.

  • Claudia
    2019-03-30 04:42

    Meh. I've now read two Maigret novels, and I just don't see what the big sneeze is about them. I read one in French, and thought, "Meh...but maybe it's because my French is rusty." Well, now I've read one in English, and had exactly the same reaction, so I don't think the language is the problem.There's just not much there, there.

  • Jason Paulios
    2019-04-14 07:36

    Definitely wouldn't have seen this ending coming, one of his darkest and most psychologically complicated Maigret stories that I've read. Most are pretty slick and good enough to just keep reading one after another, this one actually made me stop and think afterwards.

  • Megan
    2019-04-02 07:01

    Highly enjoyable. Always like a bit of the cat and mouse game between detective and criminal.

  • Karen
    2019-04-09 02:59

    Simenon's Maigret novels continue to be addicting.

  • Kenneth
    2019-04-02 00:56

    Another fast paced Inspector Maigret mystery, a real page turner.

  • notgettingenough
    2019-04-13 05:54

    I haven't actually read this, only the B2 facile version, but I can't find it on GR.I find it hard to believe that this is a B2 book, it seems easier than that to me. Maybe that’s because so much of Maigret is formulaic. You know the regular characters, you know there’s going to be a pipe and tobacco and smoke, cafés and boissons, a murder here, a suspect there. A chase. The Seine. Maybe that’s why I found this B2 much easier than the last. Maybe I’m not really better at French, only at reading Maigret.Remarkably good – I’m looking forward to reading the non-facile version when I spot a copy at the market. There are various cinematic productions of it, the earliest one from the 1930s looks like the most interesting, but as (more or less) no French movies have French subtitles, I’m not rushing out to get it.You can see the introduction to the English Penguin edition here and it gives some interesting background:https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpre...

  • Nicholas Story, solicitor
    2019-04-10 06:36

    I recently decided that whenever in doubt as to what to read next, I would pop into my library and dip into a bit of Simenon. Since he wrote over 75 Maigret novels alone, this enterprise could take some time! On the other hand, every one of them comes with its own joy, they are all 200 pages, and since they are so eminently readable, they only take a few days.This is one of the earliest in the series, and centres around a man whom Maigret has convicted, but then has cause to suspect his innocence. Simenon manages to combine a pacey delivery, scrupulous examination of the human condition and he even makes time for lovely pieces of prose such as 'Paris was wearing the cheerless face it always has in the unlovely days of October'. Welcome to Autumn, indeed!To say much more would be a spoiler. Plenty more like this to follow, I hope.