Troubador Max Survives Paris

Released: 28/11/2014

ISBN: 9781784620462

eISBN: 9781784628055

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A gruesome murder four years earlier, in La Santé prison in Paris, casts a long shadow over the lives of many people. Chief Inspector Maigret of Police Nationale is one of them. It is such a painful subject that he refuses to discuss it. In the present time, Max, almost fourteen, who knows nothing of past events, is enjoying a brief holiday with his Parisian relatives, one of whom is Chief Inspector Maigret. And that is how he manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time: Montmartre, early evening. There, he witnesses some disturbing events that he can’t forget. Even in the face of intensive police questioning, combined with incredulity, his faith in what he saw remains steadfast. The next morning, the mutilated body of a young souvenir seller, last seen the same night at Montmartre, is found, and Chief Inspector Maigret must take the accounts given by Max – and his own wife – even more seriously than he did before. Just as things are getting tough, Chief Inspector Clive Scott of Scotland Yard offers Maigret the help of young Patrick Evremond as a ‘leg man’ for a week or so. Patrick believes Max’s account of what happened at Montmartre. And why wouldn’t he? He’s seen the same thing himself in London. An attempted political assassination starts a turf war between the Police Nationale and the Gendarmerie Nationale, and that’s when things really turn ugly. Is it possible that Chief Inspector Maigret is a traitor to his country..? Max?Survives Paris will be enjoyed by teenage and young adult readers.

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5 out of 5 stars

"This is the Max from the book, I found this a very good fast paced read. I recommend it to all teenagers who enjoy to read a crime thriller."

by Max de Rohan


5 out of 5 stars

Max Survives Paris is Margaret de Rohan's fourth book in the "Granny Meg/Maigret" series and is possible her best. the writing and plotting is assured and the immensely intriguing story is propelled along at a goodly lick.

Thankfully, the educational, historical and linguistic footnotes, so distinctive a part of de Rohan's style, remain a major feature and inform both young and old.

Familiar friends like Inspector Maigret and his colleagues and the young Englishman, Patrick Evremond, make a welcome and comforting re-appearance.

Embracing everything from an apparently "Cold Case" murder, forged bank notes, "Yogi Flying," evil meglomaniacs and the introduction of an attractive 12 year old hero, Max Survives Paris is a page turner for all young teens and the not so young of any age who relish a rip-roaring crime thriller.

by P'aussie


Max is visiting his grandmother when they get caught up in a plot involving corrupt policemen and a young man out to revenge his father's death. As in an action movie, the plot rushes headlong while the characters are one-dimensional and much of the dialogue is filled with cliches. Also, although Max is an early teen, the focus is primarily on the adult characters, making the intended audience uncertain. In spite of weaknesses, I did find myself drawn into the plot and couldn't help finishing the book.

by Libby Bergstrom


Max survives Paris tells the story of Max soon to be 15 years old, when he has a short holiday in Paris with his relatives.
Some of the characters from Margaret de Rohan’s previous books make a welcome return, especially young Patrick Evremond, a recent Cambridge graduate, trainee crime-fighter, soon to be fast-tracked through the ranks at Scotland Yard.
Mystery, murder and potential mayhem fill the pages as a turf war accelerates between the Police Nationale and the Gendarmerie Nationale.
There is a ‘super-natural’ element in the book. Or is it real? The reader can decide.
This book will be enjoyed by adolescents, and older readers who enjoy a crime mystery with the atmosphere and allure of Paris!

by Leonie, Australia


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