A rich American widow and her maid are stabbed to death in a frenzied attack. All the evidence points to a young drifter, Joseph Heurtin, who is soon charged with the murders and condemned to execution. But there is no conceivable motive for him to have committed such brutal crimes, and Inspector Maigret is not convinced the police have the right man.
Ignoring the overwhelming evidence, Maigret allows Heurtin to escape from his cell on death row to give him a chance to prove his innocence, and a deadly game of cross and double-cross begins . . .
In Maigret, Simenon created the archetypal police detective - brooding, hard-boiled and intuitive - and 'A Man's Head' brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of Parisian luxury hotels, seedy bars and dark streets, with taut, spare prose.