Maigret and the Apparition (aka, Maigret and the Ghost) was translated by Eileen Ellenbogen (more about her in a few weeks) and published in 1964. When one of Maigret’s detectives, Lognon, is shot and near death, Maigret and the entire police department drop everything to investigate the shooting. Lognon, before being carted off the to hospital, says, “Apparition.” Maigret follows the clues to a wealthy art collector and his young wife.
There’s a very touching scene between Maigret and his wife that shows the intimacy of their relationship. This is in sharp contrast to the greed and cruelty of various aspects of this case. Sometimes Maigret novels plod along, but Maigret and the Apparition moves quickly to a surprising conclusion. Are you a Maigret fan? GRADE: A