Vacher. Inspector Vacher, waiting at Mlle. Clément's for M. [1951-MEU]
Vacher called M at home. A special delivery letter with a woman's writing and "Very Urgent" had arrived. It asked him to come to the Hôtel de Bretagne, Rue Richier, almost opposite the Folies-Bergère, room 47. Probably signed Mado. [1951-LOG]
Janvier left M a note saying Vacher was checking the station about Maria Van Aerts' departure.... M went out into the Duty Room, drank the dregs of a glass that stood on Vacher's desk.... Vacher came back with bricks from the Quai de Billancourt, which matched the dust in Guillaume Serre's car. [1951-GRA]
Janvier had brought inspectors Baron and Vacher to Manuel Palmari's.... Vacher drove Aline to the QDO. M told him to take Avenue de la Grande-Armée, around Place de l'Étoile, to go down the Champs-Élysées . The last time for a long time Aline would see such sights.
Vache Rousse. see: Red Cow
typo for Vacher in Penguin edition.
Vadibert, Arsène. At Béziers the telephone was ringing in the Superintendent's office at Police Headquarters. Arsène Vadibert, the Superintendent's secretary, was watching a game of bowls outside, in his shirtsleeves. He leaned forward a little to watch Grêlé, crouching in preparation for a spectacular throw... [1942-FEL]
Vague, Antoinette. Mlle. Her real name, and she didn't find it ridiculous. 24 or 25. Émile Parendon's secretary and lover. Worked for Parendon for five years, her second job in Paris. First had worked in a business on Rue Réaumur, but the work wasn't interesting. Got the Parendon job through René Tortu, whom she used to eat with at Chez Maurice on the Rue Caulaincourt. Tortoise-shell glasses, smoked cigarettes. Lived in Montmartre, on the Place Constantin-Pecqueur. Murdered by Mme. Parendon. [1968-HES]
A pageboy called for M. Valanchine, who had a phone call.
Val-de-Grâce. [Paris Military hospital, 277 bis, Rue Saint-Jacques, 5e.]
Valencourt. M tried to think of inspectors who'd left the Criminal Investigation Department employ. Baudelin, tall pale young man, probably left for ill health. Falconet, over 50, asked to retire early because of his drinking. Little Valencourt. Fischer, weighed at least 200 pounds. [1954-MIN]
Valentine Besson. see: Besson, Valentine
Valentine Constantinesco. see: Constantinesco, Valentine
Valentine Forlacroix. see: Forlacroix, Valentine
see: Fouque, Valentine
Valentino, Rudolf Valéry Vallée de Chevreuse Vallette, La Vallin Valmy, Quai de
Valentino, Rudolf. M found a book lying in the corner, "Les Passions de Rudolf Valentino" which Gina Martini was reading. [1932-LIB]
Valéry. Paul Valéry, in full Ambroise-Paul-Toussant-Jules Valéry (b. Oct. 30, 1871, Sète, Fr. -- d. July 20, 1945, Paris), French poet, essayist, and critic. His greatest poem is considered La Jeune Parque (1917; "The Young Fate"), which was followed by Album de vers anciens 1890-1900 (1920) and Charmes ou poèmes (1922), containing "Le Cimetière marin" ("The Graveyard by the Sea"). He later wrote a large number of essays and occasional papers on literary topics and took a great interest in scientific discoveries and in political problems.
Vallée de Chevreuse. Jean-Claude Ternel had gone with Marinette Augier to the Auberge du Clou at Courcelles in the Vallée de Chevreuse. [1963-FAN]
Vallette, La. see: La Vallette Blanc said Alfred Meurant was living in a boarding house called the Eucalyptus [les Eucalyptus], quite a way outside Toulon on the hill between Faron and La Vallette. [1959-ASS]
Vallin. Three inspectors in turn, Besson, Thiberge, and Vallin had interrogated Justin, but he'd told the same story. [1946-cho]
Valmy, Quai de. [Paris. 10e, Entrepôt. from Rue du Faubourg du Temple to Rue La Fayette]
The lock The Two Brothers was preparing to enter when their propellor got fouled on a man's arm was between Quai de Jemmapes on the left, and Quai de Valmy on the right.
Valois, Rose. see: Rose Valois
Van Cauwelaert, Jef. The other barge belonged to Jef Van Cauwelaert and his brother, called Twee Gebroeders, Two Brothers. Flemish. They were supposed to be unloading at the Saint-Martin Canal. M sent Bonfils to check.... Jef Van Cauwelaert said he'd heard the sound of someone breaking glass, coming from the biscuit factory. [1958-TEM]
Van Cram, Joseph. The clerk in the Records Office, in grey overalls, found a file for the Joseph Van Cram, the wrong man. He'd worked for an insurance company in the Rue de Grenelle, had been convicted of forgery at 28, two years earlier. [1954-JEU]
Van Cram, Julius. At Instanbul Germaine Laboine met a man called Julius Van Cram, a Dutchman apparently, staying at the Pera Palace. He was over 50 then, probably 70s now if he were alive. He spoke English, French and German, went to parties at Embassies. He was Louise Laboine's father.... A Danish report said that Hans Ziegler's real name was Julius Van Cram, a Dutchman born in Groningen, son of a good family. Went to work at 22 in an Amsterdam bank, where his father was a director. Spoke several languages, was a member of the Amsterdam Yacht Club. Two years later he disappeared, along with some of the bank's funds. [1954-JEU]
Van Damme, Jef. Émile Paulus' partner in the Stork case. A Belgian. 25. Married. Had been a waiter in a restaurant in the Boulevard de Strasbourg, married a model and had a little boy. Émile Paulus had met him in a bar near Les Halles nearly a year earlier. At 17 he'd been a steward on a liner and gone around the world. Planned to leave his wife and hoped to go to America. Hung around in the low bars near the Porte Saint-Denis. Often went to the races. Owned a gun, small automatic made at the Herstal state armaments factory. Passport photo, fair-haired, almost rectangular face with a jutting jaw, looked more like a gangster from La Villette than a waiter. M expected him to be picked up in Brussels.... Had been located in Brussels after he went to the US Embassy, as expected. [1951-MEU]
Van Damme, Joseph. Joseph Van Damme pointed out the Norddeutscher Lloyd building, asked M if he'd heard about the new liner they'd launched, said they were customers of his. He pointed to his own building, Joseph Van Damme, Import and Export Agent.... Joseph Van Damme had been born in Liège of Flemish parents. 32. Had settled in Bremen three years before.... Armand Lecocq d'Arneville said he thought there had been a big grocers in the Rue de la Cathédrale [Liège] with the name Van Damme... but it was so long ago. [1930-31-PHO]
Van de Weert, Marguerite.
Joseph Peeters was engaged to Marguerite Van de Weert, a cousin, Dr. Van de Weert's daughter. They lived in Givet.
Van Dongen Vaneau, Rue
Van Dongen. M had read in a paper that Anatole France, having sat for the painter Van Dongen, refused to accept the picture and forbade it to be shown to the public. [1950-MEM]
Vaneau, Rue. [Paris. 7e, Palais-Bourbon. from Rue de Varenne to Rue de Sèvres]
Janvier found Blanche Lamotte's address in a telephone directory: 63, Rue Vaneau. A quiet, provincial street, with a few trees in the gardens, #63 an unpretentious apartment. When Janvier went to see the concierge, she said she knew he was police, had seen him with the fat Superintendent when the little lady of 57 took an overdose of sleeping pills two years ago, and that other police had been there before him. [1954-MIN]
Lapointe had picked the Left Bank section around Boulevard Saint-Germain; he knew it well because he lived there. The second tailor was Polish, on the Rue Vaneau.
Vanel. The sergeant on duty at the Quai des Orfèvres asked Vanel if he'd run into Bob d'Anseval lately. He said he'd seen him at the races with Dédé. Said Dédé was into cocaine and other things, and the Count, Bob, was in on it too. [1948-PRE]
Van Fleet, Jimmy.
Sergeant Ward said he took Bessie Mitchell to the Penguin Bar where his friends, four other Air Force men, were waiting: Sergeant Dan Mullins, Corporal Jimmy Van Fleet, Sergeant Ted O'Neil, and Corporal Wo Lee. Wo Lee was a Chinese who looked barely 16.
Van Gogh. Jef de Greef forged a Van Gogh for Philippe de Moricourt to sell to Mrs. Ellen Wilcox. Marcellin called Ginette to find out when he had died. [1949-AMI]
M asked Line Marcia if the Van Gogh was real.
Van Hamme. M had gone up to the Criminal Indentity laboratory very early, and with Moers help had picked Van Hamme, red-haired, to photograph the crowds at Antoine Batille's funeral. [1969-TUE]
Van Heuvel. Pietr was thought to be the head of an international gang, traced at various times to Paris, Amsterdam (the Van Heuvel case), Berne (the United Shipbuilders case), Warsaw (the Lipmann case), and others. [1929-30-LET]
Van Meulen, Jef. John Arnold looked at the photographs. Jef Van Meulen [Joseph Van Meulen], of the chemical products firm, bowling in one of the squares of Saint-Tropez. He owned a villa at Mougins, near Cannes, spent a good part of the year on the Riviera. Countess Louise Paverini's second husband.... Louise Paverini called him Jef Van Meulen. [1957-VOY]
Van Meulen, Joseph.
Men like Joseph Van Meulen [= Jef Van Meulen] never set foot in an office.
Vanneau. M called the police station at Neuilly and spoke to Sergeant Vanneau, whom he knew, and asked him to bring Guillaume Serre in on some excuse. [1951-GRA]
Vansittart. A gang of Poles, 5 or 6 of them, were holed up in the squalid Hôtel des Arcades. One of them, nicknamed the Baron, had changed a bill stolen from the Vansittart farm, at a parimutuel window at Longchamps. [1940-CEC]
Van Usschen, Horace.
Judge Forlacroix's wife had been living for years in Nice with a wealthy Dutchman named Horace Van Usschen, who had made his fortune in cocoa.
Vanves. [commune, N France, Hauts-de-Seine dept. pop. 1968: 25,138. SW suburb of Paris.]
Prince Hubert de V-- lived in the Rue de Varenne in Paris, in autumn at his château at Saint-Sauveur-en-Bourbonnais.
Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, La. see: La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire The luggage room attendant at the Gare du Nord who'd taken the bag from Loraine Martin lived outside of Paris, somewhere near La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, but played the trumpet after work in a dance band in the Rue de Lappe. [1950-noe]
Vassilief, Marie. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre said he'd brought his mistress, Marie Vassilief with him…. Marie Vassilief arrived by taxi. She was tall and very beautiful, with perhaps artificially fair hair. She started talking in English…. The newspaper article in the Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre's missal reported the suicide of Maurice de Saint-Fiacre, in an apartment in the Rue de Miromesnil, where he had lived with his Russian mistress, Marie V. [1932-FIA]
Rose Vatan, Bob Mandille's wife, sang in the Trianon-Lyrique as Rose Delval. Reminded M that they'd met in his office, 22 years earlier, when he'd arrested someone who'd stolen jewels from her dressing room.
Vaucottes. All of Yport was at Rose Trochu's funeral, plus some from Les Loges, Vaucottes, Étretat and Fécamp.... Théo Besson said he'd met Rose Trochu at the Vaucottes fair. [1949-DAM]
Vaucresson. [commune, N France, Seine-et-Oise dept. pop. 1959: 4,250. (Versailles arondissement)]
M told Aristide Fumel that in all likelihood the body was that of Honoré Cuendet, a Swiss from Vaud, who'd spent five years in the Foreign Legion.... Mme. Justine Cuendet was about 50 when she'd come to Paris. She'd come from Sénarclens, a tiny hamlet in the canton of Vaud, near a village called Cossonay. [1961-PAR]
Julien Baud came from Morges, on Lake Geneva, canton of Vaud.
Vaudois. M received a note from the head of the Lausanne detective force, inviting him to lunch at a quiet Vaudois inn. [1957-VOY]
Vaudry, the Comte and Comtesse of.
Stationery M had seen in the window of Papeterie Roman.
Vaugirard, Rue de
Vaugirard, Rue de. [Paris. 15e, Grenele - 6e, Luxembourg. from Boulevard Saint-Michel to Boulevard Victor]
François Ricain said he'd found a bar in the Rue Vaugirard and had three glasses of rum after he found his wife's body.
Vauquelin. The other inspector waiting for M at Mlle. Clément's, Vauquelin. More familiar with M than Vacher was. [1951-MEU]
Cook at Émile Parendon's. Husband was a pastry chef. Ferdinand Fauchois said her husband was a drunk who beat her twice a week.
Vautrin Vavin, Rue
Vautrin. An old tradition of the Paris police... the memoirs of Macé and those of the great Goron, each in his time the chief of what was then called the Sûreté. Vidocq was the most illustrious of them all, but unfortunately he left no recollections written by himself to compare with those by novelists, often using his own name, or in the case of Balzac, the name Vautrin. [1950-MEM]
Vavin, Rue. [Paris. 6e, Luxembourg. from Rue d'Assas to Boulevard Montparnasse]
Vecher. M went out into the Duty Room, drank the dregs of a glass that stood on Vecher's desk. (Typo for Vacher in the MacLaren-Ross translation, correct in Stewart). [1951-GRA]
Mme. Mme. Velden ran the vegetable shop, biggest gossip around. A man (M) had come in asking about Jean Chabot.
Vel' d'Hiv' Véliard
Vel' d'Hiv'. M thought the man [Albert Rochain] had the Paris accent of working class people, the kind you might meet on the tiered seats of the Vel' d'Hiv'. Janvier said there'd been motorcycle races there that afternoon. [1947-MOR]
Véliard. M went over to Véliard, an inspector of the 18th, and asked about Maurice Marcia. [1971-IND]
Roger Prou had wanted to be a professional bicycle racer. Not Tour de France, track. Raced two years as a junior in the Vélodrome d'Hiver.
Velpeau, de. The lieutenant of the gendermerie, de Velpeau. [1938-ceu]
Louise Bodin said Évelina Nahour's maid was Nelly Velthuis, and that she was also Dutch.... Nelly Velthuis was 24, born in Friesland in the north of Holland, had gone to Amsterdam when she was 15.
Vendée. [dept, W France pop. 1968: 421,250.]
On the few occasions M had traveled on summer vacations it had been to meet Georges Simenon at his various homes, while he was still living in France: in Alsace, at Porquerolles, in the Charentes, the Vendée, etc. And when M had gone on a semi-official tour of the US, it was mainly since he knew he'd meet him in Arizona, where he'd been living. [1950-MEM]
The newpaper reported that a reporter had gone to the Hôtel des Roches-Noires in Les Sables-d'Olonne, but no trace of M had been found. Janvier had said as far as he knew M was still in the Vendée. [1956-AMU]
The Flea's mother sent him to one of her sisters in Saint-Mesmin-le-Vieux in the Vendée. He came back to Paris when he was 14.
Vendée Co-operative Vendée, Hôtel de Vendée River
Vendée Co-operative. M almost bumped into the window of the Vendée Co-operative, which he had walked past 20 times that day. [1943-CAD]
Vendée, Hôtel de. see: Hôtel de Vendée
Vendée River. [River, Vendée dept., France, about 45 mi. long; flows to the Sèvre Niortaise.]
The Vendé curved in close to the road, bringing with it the broken branches from the last squalls. [1953-PEU]
Julien Chabot went for a stroll in town or along the Vendée River in the mornings. M wanted to call him to ask about Auguste Point, and had to call early in case it was a market day.
Vendôme, Place. [Paris. 1er, Louvre. from Rue Saint-Honoré to Rue de Castiglione]
People were leaving the Place du Tertre, the Venetian lanterns...
Venezuela. Jos MacGill said the day before yesterday John Maura was in Panama, perhaps today in Rio or Venezuela. [1946-NEW]
Central America. A sailor who spent a lot of time commuting to South America and Central America on cargo boats offered some information to M about Popaul, who'd used to hang out in the Bastille district. Said he'd met him in Venezuela and he'd claimed he'd killed Christine Josset. [1959-CON]
Venezuelan. Ed Gollan had told Norris Jonker that his Van Gogh, which he had sold to a Venezuelan in South America, was a fake. He knew the forger, who could just as easily do Manet, Renoir or Vlaminck. [1963-FAN]
Dr. Émile Janin, had been ship's doctor on the Vengeur, sailed on a world cruise.... Marcel Airaud had served aboard the minesweeper Vengeur.
Venice. The Pardons (Dr Pardon) had taken a vacation to Italy by car, planning to visit Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and Milan. [1961-BRA]
Three or four times a year the Maupoises took a trip to Venice, Barcelona, Florence, Naples, Greece, or elsewhere.
Vennes. Honoré Cuendet had been sent to a school at Vennes, about Lausanne, where he'd been trained as a boiler-maker. [1961-PAR]
Venteuil. Émile Ducrau asked Gassin if the dynamite wasn't one of his, from the Venteuil quarry. [1933-ECL]
One of the two girls who'd gone with Willy Marco was Suzanne Verdier, known as Suzy, born at Honfleur in 1906. First arrived in Paris four years earlier as a housemaid, then worked as a model.
Verdun. [city, NE France, Meuse dept. pop. 1968: 22,013. on the Meuse R., 29 mi. NNW of Bar-de-Luc. Scene of one of the major WWI battles on the Western Front, Feb.-Dec. 1916.]
Someone said they'd seen someone caught under a tiller once at Verdun. [1930-PRO]
Émile Hugon served at Verdun and Chemin des Dames, where he got a shrapnel wound in his leg in WWI.
Verduret. Verduret, a new recruit, was on duty at Cécile Pardon's building when M returned there. Pleasant, overawed by the Chief. [1940-CEC]
Vergennes, Henri de.
Julien Chabot asked Hubert Vernoux if Henri de Vergennes was coming to play bridge. Vernoux said he'd called to say the storm had wrecked the driveway of his château and he couldn't get his car out.
Verlaine. [Verlaine, Paul(-Marie). born 1844, Metz, Fr., died 1896, Paris. French lyric poet first associated with the Parnassians and later known as a leader of the Symbolists. With Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire he formed the so-called Decadents. Most of the poems in Sagesse (Wisdom) date from 1873-78. It was published in 1880 at the author's expense, as were his previous books.]
Julien Foucrier had gotten a false passport in the name Vermersch while he was in Portugal.
Vermouillet Verne, Jules
Vermouillet. Sergeant. Hotel manager told M that Sergeant Vermouillet would vouch that the books of the Au Roi-de-Sicile were always in order. Came there every week. [1929-30-LET]
Verne, Jules. They brought back childhood memories, like illustrations in the books of James Fenimore Cooper and Jules Verne. They could as easily have been Canadian trappers or castaways on a desert island. [1940-JUG]
Vernoux, Alain. Doctor Alain Vernoux, tall, long nervous face, glasses, had found Gobillard's body. Hubert Vernoux's son. Refused to practice, devoted himself to "research". Had married Jeanne de Caudeuils. Three children, youngest eight months old.... 36. Left medical school at 25, and was resident at Sainte-Anne for two years. Committed suicide when his affair with Louise Sabati was revealed, by taking Veronal. [1953-PEU]
Vernoux, Hubert. Hubert Vernoux de Courçon, 67, was in the same car on the train as M on the way to Fontenay-le-Comte. A friend of Julien Chabot's. Lived in the Rue Rabelais.... Father had been a cattle dealer, grandfather a farm hand. Father bought up livestock, drove them to Paris, made a lot of money; a brute, always half-drunk. Hubert married Robert de Courçon's eldest daughter Isabelle Vernoux, and called himself Vernoux de Courçon. Was essentially a real estate dealer. Lucile de Courçon, his wife's elder sister, lived with them. Alain Vernoux was his son. [1953-PEU]
[Veronal, tradename for barbital, a barbituate compound used as a hypnotic.]
In the niche behind the picture in Else Anderson's room M found an automatic loaded with six bullets, a box of cartridges, a key, and a tube of Veronal. She said she'd bought the Veronal as she slept badly. [1931-NUI]
Véronique Fabre. see: Fabre, Véronique
see: Lachaume, Véronique
Verrerie, Rue de la
Verrerie, Rue de la. [Paris. 4e, Hotel-de-Ville. from Rue du Bourg-Tibourg to Rue Saint-Martin]
The man [Victor Poliensky] kept on drinking, moving around a kind of center, Rue du Roi-de-Sicile, Rue des Écouffes, and the Rue de la Verrerie.
Versailles. [city, N France, capital, Yvelines dept. pop. 1968: 90,829. 10 mi. WSW of Paris; Palace built by Louis XIV served as the royal palace until 1793.]
Judge Forlacroix offered M an Armagnac, which he said an old friend, who had been the Public Prosecutor in Versailles, sent him from his estate in the Gers region.... Judge Forlacroix said it was on his daughter's account that he'd left Versailles.... M got off the train at Versailles, and strolled down Avenue de Paris. [1940-JUG]
The weather was superb, as if especially for the king who would soon be escorted to Versailles. [1948-PRE]
Inspectors from as far away as Versailles had been mobilized for the trap. [1955-TEN]
The decorator who came to see M to report that he'd been at the Adrien Josset house said his partner had been on a job in the Avenue de Versailles.
Versailles, Palace of Versailles, Porte de
Versailles, Palace of. The courtyard at the Judge Forlacroix's house in Versailles was paved with the same rouind stone tiles as in the great court of the Palace of Versailles, known as the king's tiles. [1940-JUG]
Versailles, Porte de. René Lussac drove to a café at the Porte de Versailles, the Café des Amis, a quiet place, where people came to play belote, as he did with the two men waiting for him. [1961-PAR]
The young couple had filled out a form, Jean Vertbois, 20, advertising agent, and Mme, 18 Rue des Acacias, Paris, on their way to Nice.
Vert-Galant, Place du
Vert-Galant, Place du. [Paris. 1er, Louvre. at Place du Pont-Neuf]
Georges Sim invited M to the christening of his boat, the Ostrogoth, by the Curé of Notre-Dame at the Square of the Vert-Galant.
Verviers. [industrial commune, Liège prov., E Belgium, on the Vesdre river, 13 mi. E of Liège. pop. 1969: 34,402; textile mills (wool and cotton).]
M found the Rue Haute-Sauvenière, a steep, very busy street, and asked for Roger Morcel's, the tailor. The tailor said it was imitation English cloth, made in Verviers.
Vésigneul Vésinet, Le Vesle, Rue de Vevey
Vésigneul. At Vésigneul three boats were waiting at the lock, at Pogny five. [1930-PRO]
Vésinet, Le. see: Le Vésinet For a while, after he had just joined the Police Force, Le Vésinet had seemed to him to be the most beautiful place in the world. It was only a step from Paris, but before 1914 motor-cars were rare. The rich people still had their country houses there. [1949-DAM]
Vesle, Rue de. [Rheims] Émile said a commercial traveler said he'd seen Maurice Belloir and Louis Jeunet go into Belloir's house in the Rue de Vesle. Belloir was Vice-Chairman of the Banque de Crédit. [1930-31-PHO]
Vevey. [commune, Vaud canton, W Switzerland on NE shore of the Lake of Geneva 11 mi ESE of Lausanne. pop. 1970: 17,957.]
The police chief's father was a wine grower in the vicinity of Vevey. [1957-VOY]
V--, Hubert de. Hubert de. Prince Hubert de V-- had once been a staff officer at the cavalry school of Saumur. Every morning he rode in the Bois de Boulogne. Last week he'd been thrown from his horse, died at 80.... It was the day of the funeral of the Prince Hubert de V--.... One could not, for a question of love, let a name die out which, for the past 5 centuries, had been found on every page of the history of France. [1960-VIE]
Vial. Beside the door of one of the apartments was a brass plate, Mlle Vial. Corsets. [1968-ENF]
Viaud, Louis. Justin Minard had tried to get in to the house at 17a Rue Chaptal, but a man named Louis Viaud, a butler, threw him out.... Louis Viaud was tall and well-built, probably about 45, his shaven chin blueish, the pupils of his eyes very dark, his black eyebrows abnormally thick. [1948-PRE]
Vicente Alvaredo. see: Alvaredo, Vicente
M sent Dubonnet to the Vice Squad to look up all the Nines he could find. He was young, just out of training school, somewhat stiff, always very dapper, very polite.... M found the inspector in charge of the Vice Squad to borrow a plain-clothes man familiar with the Rue du Roi-de-Sicile and the Rue des Rosiers neighborhood.... As M spoke, Serge Madok was being picked up by the Vice Squad in a brothel in the Boulevard de la Chapelle, a filthy place frequented by Arabs. [1947-MOR]
M had been in the Vice Squad, known today as the Morals Squad. For only a few months. M had been in charge of the Sébastopol district, which, particularly in the Les Halles area, was frequented by the lowest class of women. There young servant girls of sixteen, newly arrived from Brittany, served their apprenticeship. The women started to call him Jules. Some would simply have locked them up and had them sent to Saint-Lazare, but he tried to ignore them.... Montmartre was teeming with black musicians; rich middle-aged ladies let themselves be robbed by Argentine gigolos; the Vice Squad was overwhelmed by orgiastic parties in the Bois de Boulogne. [1950-MEM]
M had passed through almost all the departments, highway, railway stations, department stores, and much to his disgust, Vice Squad, but had never had anything to do with race tracks. [1951-LOG]
Thérèse said Inspector Priollet would vouch that she hadn't taken the pocketbook, it was her friend Lucille. M remembered being called in to the office of the head of the "mondaine" section, the Vice Squad, and seeing the dark, touseled-haired girl, dabbing at her eyes. [1953-ECO]
Five detectives, some of whom belonged to the Vice Squad, the part known as the Society Section, were among the crowd in the courtroom.... M said the Vice Squad had had to get after Léontine Faverges to stop using her apartment as a place of assignation. [1959-ASS]
Jules Raison suggested that M check with his colleague in the Vice Squad about Émile Boulay's business, as he was in Montmartre every night.... M got a call from Lecoin, Chief of the Vice Squad, while he was home eating lunch. [1962-COL]
A discreet homosexual. For the past 15 years he had 'covered' the Quai des Orfèvres for a Paris newspaper, a press agency, and some twenty provincial dailies. In appearance he was the last of the Boulevard dandies, dressed with Edwardian elegance, a monocle on a black ribbon around his neck.
Victoire, Place de la Victoire, Rue de la
Victoire, Place de la. Two camels and a young elephant went by, advertising a circus in the Place de la Victoire [Moulins]. [1932-FIA]
Victoire, Rue de la. [Paris. 9e, Opéra. from Rue Lafayette to Rue Joubert]
Monique Thouret's boyfriend, Albert Jorisse, lived with his parents on Avenue de Châtillon, opposite the church of Montrouge. Father worked for a wholesaler of fabrics in the Rue de Victoire.
Victoires, Place des
Victoires, Place des. [Paris. 1er, Louvre. from Rue Étienne Marcel to Rue Croix des Petits Champs]
They went to the Place des Victoires, a restaurant where M liked the quiet terrace. [1956-AMU]
Mme and M went to a restaurant in the Place des Victoires, wehre they liked the food and atmosphere. The waiter said it was still too cold to eat on the terrace. They had sweetbreads, followed by tiny lamb cutlets, ended with a strawberry tart.
Victoires, Rue des
Victoires, Rue des. M was on the point of taking a job at a firm that made passementerie, on the Rue des Victoires. [1950-MEM]
Victor. Victor, the waiter at the Gai-Moulin was involved with Génaro in a spy ring. Looked like a model for a cartoonist's version of a waiter: drooping features, large red-rimmed eyes, a bald head with thin graying hair... [1931-GAI]
The manservant's name was Victor, and he'd been an N.C.O. in the artillery. [1937-38-bay]
Some at the inn behind M said "Victor, I know you're a thief. But we did our military service together at Montepllier..."
Victor. One of the doormen at the Palais de Justice, afflicted with a stammer, had a walrus mustache and a hoarse voice not unlike a sea-lion's, had found Cécile Pardon's body in the broom closet, where he kept his brooms and buckets. [1940-CEC]
Victor Ancelin. see: Ancelin, Victor
Victor Bréjon. see: Bréjon, Victor
Victor Cadet. see: Cadet, Victor
Victor Gadelle. see: Gadelle, Victor
see: Gaillard, Victor
Victor-Hugo, Avenue. [Paris. 16e, Passy. from Place de l'Étoile to Rue Henri-Martin]
There's been another jewel robbery that morning, on the Avenue Victor-Hugo.
Victor-Hugo, Boulevard Victoria, Avenue Victoria Hotel
Victor-Hugo, Boulevard. [Nice]. Germaine Laboine had a furnished room in the Rue Greuze, near the Boulevard Victor-Hugo. [1954-JEU]
Victoria, Avenue. [Vichy] The police station where Lecoeur was working was on the Avenue Victoria in Vichy. [1967-VIC]
Victoria Hotel. Mortimer-Levingston's private secretary. Had been in London for a week at the Victoria Hotel when Mortimer-Levingston was killed. [1929-30-LET]
Victorine Heurtin. see: Heurtin, Victorine
Victor Krulak. see: Krulak, Victor
Victor Lamotte. see: Lamotte, Victor
see: Macoulet, Victor
Victor-Massé, Rue. [Paris. 9e, Opéra. from Rue des Martyrs to Rue Pigalle]
M got a call from Police-Secours [le central de Police-Secours] that a Countess von Farnheim had been found strangled in Rue Victor-Massé. It was only 550 yards from Picratt's to Arlette's, about the same from Rue Victor-Massé.... Philippe Mortemart said he'd met the Countess in a little bar on the Rue Victor-Massé. [1950-PIC]
Nicolas Cajou, manager of a small hotel on Rue Victor-Massé, around the corner from Place Pigalle, recognized Ginette Meurant's photo. He'd been convalescing in Morvan, where his family came from. [1959-ASS]
The Flea had worked in the brasserie on the Rue Victor-Massé where the underworld gang bosses hung out.... When Maurice Marcia wasn't at the races, he could be found playing cards in a bistro on the Rue Victor-Massé. [1971-IND]
Victor Poliensky. see: Poliensky, Victor
Victor Sidon. see: Sidon, Victor
Jean Vidier, the chief clerk, was 28.
Vie à la Campagne, La. see: La Vie à la Campagne
Vie à la Campagne, La. see: La Vie à la Campagne M found magazines on the shelf at the villa; Farms and Castles, Country Life, The Connoisseur. [Fermes et Châteaux, La Vie à la campagne, Connaissance des Arts]. [1971-IND]
Vie de Château, La.
see: La Vie de Château
Vieille-du-Temple, Rue. [Paris. 3e, Temple - 4e, Hotel-de-Ville. from Rue de Rivoli to Rue Turenne]
Shortly before 6 o'clock they were again at the corner of the Rue du Roi-de-Sicile and the Rue Vieille-du-Temple, in an almost medieval setting. The man [Victor Poliensky] went about ten yards, when a shot rang out, and he fell dead.... Two police cars had drawn up at the Rue de Rivoli, at the corner of Rue Vieille-du-Temple.
Vienna. Interpol, the International Criminal Police Association, at that time had its headquarters in Vienna. [1929-30-LET]
Georges Sim asked M if he'd read Hans Gross, whom he'd never heard of. Later he learned he was an Austrian Examining Magistrate, who, in the 1880s, held the first chair of scientific criminology at the University of Vienna. [1950-MEM]
Viennese. They stopped in a brasserie where a Viennese orchestra was playing. [1930-31-PHO]
The woman who'd been arguing in the next suite was a famous Viennese movie actress. [1938-owe]
M had had a paragraph inserted into the newspapers, saying that a park-keeper in the Bois de Boulogne had found the body of Ernest Borms, well-know Viennese doctor, on the walks not far from the Porte de Bagatelle. He'd been living in Neuilly for some years. [1939-hom]
All through a Viennese waltz Justin Minard kept winking at M to reassure him.
Viennese lamplighter. M had been studying all the historical cases which bore some resemblance... Jack the Ripper, the Düsseldorf Vampire, the Viennese lamplighter, and the Pole who operated among the farms in the Aisne Department. [1955-TEN]
Vie Parisienne. see: La Vie Parisienne
Vie Parisienne, La. see: La Vie Parisienne
Vie Parisienne, La. see: La Vie Parisienne M saw a figure silhouetted on the staircase which might have come straight from the cover of La Vie Parisienne. Félicien Gendreau was wearing a dress suit, a cloak and an opera hat. He was thin and old, his trim mustache with its turned up points was obviously dyed. [1948-PRE]
Vie Parisienne, La.
see: La Vie Parisienne
In 1900 Norris Jonker would have been much sought after as a model for drawings in La Vie Parisienne.
Viète, Place [Fontenay] Vieux Calvados Vieux-Four Passage
Viète, Place [Fontenay]. The red taillight of the ambulance could be seen heading towards the Place Viète. [1953-PEU]
Vieux Calvados. Forturnately Vieux Calvados had just opened. It was the only place he could take refuge, at the corner of the Rue Henner, not quite opposite the Gendreau-Balthazar's. It seemed like a country inn. [1948-PRE]
Vieux-Four Passage. [Paris. 1er, Louvre. at Rue de Grande-Truanderie]
Ascan, M and Torrence arrived at Les Halles, Rue de la Grande-Truanderie, where they turned into a little passage, Vieux-Four Passage, so narrow a truck would not have squeezed through.
Vieux Garçon. The taxi driver told M there was the Vieux Garçon in Morsang, and Chez Marins in Seineport. He'd never heard of the Guinguette à Deux Sous. [1931-GUI]
M called home and asked his wife for the time of the trains to Morsang. It was on the banks of the Seine, a few miles upstream from Corbeil. There was an old inn there, the Vieux Garçon, where, for over 20 years, they had sometimes gone to spend Sundays. M had discovered it during the course of an investigation, standing all by itself on the riverbank. He found, looking through some old books, that it had been frequented in the past by Balzac and Alexandre Dumas, and later on, literary luncheon parties brought together by the Goncourt brothers, Flaubert, Zola, Alphonse Daudet and others.
Vieux Normand, Le Vieux Port
Vieux Normand, Le. see: Le Vieux Normand Little café on Rue Saint-Antoine, where M called Janvier. Janvier had been there since 7:00 am. seated at one of the tables he could keep watch on the Hôtel des Arcades. Reported that the Poles "were all tucked up safe and sound - the woman has just got back'. Lucas was at his post. [1940-CEC]
Vieux Port. At 28 Fred Alfonsi was in Marseilles, supplying brothels. He wasn't a pimp, but high enough not to get pinched in brawls in the bars of the Vieux Port. [1950-PIC]
Vignolet, Martin. Martin Vignolet, the chauffeur and valet, answered the door. 45-50, prominent bones and thick hair, obviously of peasant origin. [1936-lun]
François Vignon lived on the first floor left at Aline's. Insurance company, married, two children, youngest a few months old.
Vigny, Alfred de
Vigny, Alfred de. [Vigny, Alfred-Victor, Count (comte) de, born Loches, Fr., 1797, died Paris, 1863. Poet, dramatist and novelist, the most philosophical of the French Romantic writers.]
Villa des Roches-Grises. see: Roches-Grises, Villa des
Philippe Jave and his wife, daughter and the child's nurse, Mlle. Claire Jusserand, left for a six-weeks stay in Cannes, where they'd rented the Villa Marie-Thérèse.
Villaret-de-Joyeuse, Rue Villecomtois Ville-d'Avray
Villaret-de-Joyeuse, Rue. Janvier said when the truck drove up to the city gate [Porte Maillot] Félicie got out and walked up Avenue de la Grande-Armée window shopping. One the corner of Rue Villaret-de-Joyeuse she went into a pâtisserie, and had half a dozen cream puffs and a glass of port. [1942-FEL]
Villecomtois. When M lurched home after drinking many hot toddies in the dance hall, in response to Mme M's "Where have you been?" he said "Suppose I'd been to Villecomtois, in the Cher..." [1937-38-man]
Ville-d'Avray. [commune, , Seine-et-Oise dept. pop. 1959: 4,350. Versailles arr.]
Though Prof. Tissot had an apartment in Paris, he went nearly every evening to his country house at Ville-d'Avray.
Villefranche. [seaport, SE France, Alpes-Maritimes dept. pop. 1962: 6,735. on the coast E of Nice.]
Lucas had checked with most of the big hotels at Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and Villefranche, but Countess Panetti hadn't been seen.
Villefranche-en-Dordogne. Leduc had printed notepaper with his address: La Ribaudière , par Villefranche-en-Dordogne. [1932-FOU]
Ville, Hôtel de.
see: Hôtel de Ville
Villejuif. [commune, N France, Val-de-Marne dept. pop. 1968: 51,120. S suburb of Paris.]
Omer Calas had gone to a private clinic at Villejuif, a religious establishment, staffed by nuns, for his appendectomy.
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. [commune, N France, Val-de-Marne dept. pop. 1968: 30,488. on the Seine 7 mi. SSE of Paris.]
Désiré Campois had worked for a building contractor in the Vaugirard district, finally a contractor at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, where he met Amorelle.
Villersexel, Rue de
Villersexel, Rue de. [Paris. 7e, Palais-Bourbon. from Rue de l'Université to Boulevard Saint-Germaine]
Maître Aubonnet, Rue de Villersexel, was Armand de Saint-Hilaire's solicitor.
Villette Villette, La Villette, Porte de Villiers
Villette. On Monday morning M went as far as the Place de la République, and read his papers on a deserted café terrace. They'd lunched later at the Villette. [1956-AMU]
Villette, La. see: La Villette
Villette, Porte de. M got lost in the empty, ill-lit streets of the Porte de Villette, looking for Eugène Cornille. [1948-PRE]
Villiers. [Paris. 17e, Batignolles-Monceau. at Place Prosper-Goubaux. ((métro))]
After shooting Oscar Chabut, Gilbert Pigou had run towards the métro at the Avenue de Villiers.... It was no distance at all to the police station on the Avenue de Villers from Rue Fortuny.
Villiers, Avenue des
Villiers, Avenue des. [Paris. 17e, Batignolles-Monceau. from Boulevard de Courcelles to Boulevard Gouvion St. Cyr]
Where Louis Mahossier's father-in-law, a notary, lived.
Villon. [François Villon (1431 - after 1463). Medieval French poet whose vagabond life as a thief inspired vivid poetic descriptions of his confrontation with death and poverty that helped to form the foundation of modern French poetry and provided a scurrilous example to generations of outlaws poets.]
Vilna. Anna Gorskin had been born in Odessa, brought up at Vilna.... The photos in Anna Gorskin's room bore the name of a firm in Vilna. The heading on all the letters in Anna's room: Ephraim Gorskin, wholsale furrier, fine Siberian skins a specialty, Vilna - Warsaw. [1929-30-LET]
Olga Tserewska, 28 from Vilna, was one of the gang who had filled in the forms, their passports in order. Actually, Stéphanie Polintskaïa, Stan the Killer.
Viloli, Rue de Vincennes
Viloli, Rue de. typo for Rue de Rivoli in Penguin. [1966-NAH]
Vincennes. [manufacturing commune, N France, Val-de-Marne dept. pop. 1968: 49,143. 5 mi. E of Paris.]
M told Lucas to have Torrence and Janvier pay special attention to Vincennes.... M had Mme M phone the Pari-Mutuel-Urbain to see if there had been any racing in the Paris area on Tuesday. There'd been a race at Vincennes. [1947-MOR]
On Sundays Manuel Palmari closed his shop and went to Auteuil, Longchamps, or Vincennes for the races, according to the season.
Vinchon, Paul. Popaul Vinchon was Paul Vinchon, M's nephew, who was an inspector on the Belgian frontier. [1936-arr]
Popaul Vinchon was Paul Vinchon, M's nephew, who was an inspector on the Belgian frontier.
Vin des Moines Vintimille Vintimille, Place de
Vin des Moines. Oscar Chabut, the murdered man, had owned Le Vin des Moines, one of the biggest wholesale wine firms in Paris. [1969-VIN]
Vintimille. There was still the train for Belgium from the Gare du Nord, and one to Vintimille from the Gare de Lyon. But Vintimille was a long way away. [1948-PRE]
Vintimille, Place de. [Paris. 9e, Opéra. from Rue de Bruxelles to Rue de Douai. (Now Place Adolphe-Max)]
Raymond told M that a girl's body had been found in the Place de Vintimille. The men from the Second district were probably already there. [1954-JEU]
Why was there a basket, and why was the air full of the scent of violets? He saw an old flower girl...
Vire. The landlord of the Vieux Calvados announced that he came from Pontfarcy, not far from Vire. [1948-PRE]
Mme. Vireveau rented the other bedroom at Les Iris. She was a widow from Paris, Rue Lamarck. Overbearing, about 60, came to Vichy every year to lose weight.... Mme. Vireveau had come to Hélène Lange's at the recommendation of a friend from Montmartre.
Virginia. Just as it happens in cowboy films, M had actually been made a Deputy Sheriff of Tucson. It was the 9th or 10th time. He'd also been made one in 8 or 9 counties of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, Texas, and the city of New Orleans. [1949-CHE]
Virieu. 35. Friend of Christine Josset's, owned a small drug company. She put money into it and made Adrien Josset the head of it. Virieu spent his life flitting between Fouquet's, Maxim's, and the casino at Deauville. [1959-CON]
Vireu, one of the boys arrested in the armed robbery, said there'd been three of them. He refused to name the third, but said he was 23 and married. [1959-ASS]
V--, Isabelle de.
The letters in Armand de Saint-Hilaire's study were from Princess Isabelle de V--, signed Isi. The letters dated from 1914. She was 71-72, 5 or 6 years younger than Saint-Hilaire. She married the Prince Hubert de V-- in 1912.
Vitry-aux-Loges. Barely 100 km from Paris, at Vitry-aux-Loges, he alighted from a preposterous little train of the kind only seen in picture books. [1936-lar]
Vitry-le-François. [town, NE France, Marne dept. pop. 1968: 16,879. on the Marne 20 mi. SE of Châlons-sur-Marne.]
The lock-keeper told M the Providence was probably near Vitry-le-François.... The lock-keeper at Pogny, Désiré, told M he proably wouldn't catch up with the Providence till Vitry-le-François. The lock-keeper at Dizy had joked that when it was fine everywhere else, it would be sure to be raining at Dizy and Vitry-le-François. [1930-PRO]
Prosper Donge said he'd been a foster child, lived till he was 15 on a farm in Vitry-le-François.... Bonneau told M that when Prosper Donge was 16, as a dishwasher in Vitry-le-François, he'd stolen 50 francs from the till and caught a train to Lyons. [1939-MAJ]
Vittorio Petrini. see: Petrini, Vittorio
Viviane La Pommeraye. see: La Pommeraye, Viviane
Vivien, Gabrielle. Marcel Vivien's wife, grey hair, thin, hard-featured; used to be plump. Still lived at 67 Rue Caulaincourt, on the 4th floor. Had moved from a larger apartment on another floor when Vivien left. Dressmaker. [1971-SEU]
Vivien, Marcel. The tramp known as "The Dandy," or "The Mute," found dead, shot several times in the chest and stomach, probably with a 32, in an abandoned house at Les Halles, Vieux-Four Passage. His clothes were those of a tramp, elderly, with long silvery hair shot through with bluish highlights. His eyes were blue. White moustache, slightly turned up at the ends, short white Van Dyke beard. Otherwise he was close shaven, and his nails were manicured; tall and exceptionally broad-shouldered. According to Dr. Lagodinec, who did the autopsy, he was 55 or younger. Had a scar on his scalp about 3 inches long. According to Émile Hugon, he'd rented the workshop overlooking the courtyard under his apartment, soon after WWII in 1945. Vivien had been about 35 at the time, tall, athletic, a cabinetmaker. Intelligent open face, had had a course at the School of Arts and Crafts. He'd been clean-shaven at the time. A pot of geraniums had fallen on his head one day, knocked over by Mlle Blanche on the 3rd floor, thus the 3-inch scar. Married to Gabrielle Vivien, a woman of about the same age, with a daughter, Odette Delaveau, 7 or 8 at the time, who came to visit him on her way home from school. Around the end of 1945 or early 1946 he had failed to show up one day. His wife still lived in the neighborhood, sometimes came to Rue Lepicto buy vegetables. He had left his family for his girlfriend, Nina Lassave, whom he'd strangled when he discovered she'd be unfaithful with Louis Mahossier. [1971-SEU]
Vivier. Stomatologist. Lived almost next door to Dr Pardon on the Boulevard Voltaire. An old friend of Pardon's he hadn't seen in years... Pardon had vaguely thought of marrying his sister when he was 18. He knew François Mélan. [1964-DEF]
V--, Julien de. Isabelle de V-- wrote that Julien, Prince Hubert de V--'s brother, had been killed in Argonne at the head of his regiment in 1915.... Old Joseph interrupted M to tell him that Julien de V--, Isabelle de V--'s grandson, was there. [1960-VIE]
The seaman from the yacht, Vladimir, came into the Café de la Marine.... Vladimir had been a cadet in the Russian navy. Served in Wrangel's fleet.
Vlaminck. Ed Gollan had told Norris Jonker that his Van Gogh, which he had sold to a Venezuelan in South America, was a fake. He knew the forger, who could just as easily do Manet, Renoir or Vlaminck. [1963-FAN]
vocabulary. see The Size of Simenon's Vocabulary by Stephen Trussel
The previous Sunday, on the fourth floor of an apartment house in the Boulevard Beaumarchais, where the ground floor was a pipe manufacturer, Louise Voivin, 26, had died suddenly, apparently poisoned. They'd been married 8 years. Voivin had met her in Orléans, where her parents ran a shoe shop. Nicole Lamure had been 10.
Voltaire. Émile Michonnet was sitting in a Voltaire armchair with a tartan rug around his legs. [1931-NUI]
M remembered Voltaire's "hideous smile" from his school days. [1966-NAH]
Dr. Martin had told Mme. Parendon of Voltaire, who... when she wondered if her husband would live long.
Voltaire Voltaire, Boulevard
Voltaire. It was likely that the murderer had taken the métro at the Voltaire station. [1969-TUE]
Voltaire, Boulevard. Joseph Mascouvin went to the Café des Sports at the corner of Place de la République and Boulevard Voltaire. [1941-SIG]
M got out of the bus on the corner of Boulevard Voltaire and walked home; he had to unlock the door with his own key. [1949-MME]
Arlette had called Marco for Mariette Gibon from a restaurant on the Boulevard Voltaire, to tell him not to come to the house till she told him it was clear. Left a message for him with Félix, a waiter in Le Poker d'As, a bar in Rue de Douai. [1952-BAN]
M didn't find a taxi till the corner of the Boulevard Voltaire.... The manager of the Grelot said that Louis, the accordionist and conductor, knew Pierre Eyraud best. He was dark and handsome, about 30, Spanish-style whiskers. Lived on the Boulevard Voltaire. [1953-TRO]
M waited for a bus at the corner of the Boulevard Voltaire, disappointed that the one that came had no platform. [1958-TEM]
M waited for the bus on the corner of Boulevard Voltaire, alongside a girl in a light dress. [1965-PAT]
M was annoyed that a woman on the platform of the bus who kept bumping into him had come all the way to the Boulevard Voltaire neighborhood to do her shopping. [1966-VOL]
Louis Pélardeau told Lecoeur he had inherited a wire drawing business near Le Havre from his father. Eventually built a plant in Rouen, then Strasbourg. Head office on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris. [1967-VIC]
Jussieu called M to see if he was going to dinner at Dr Pardon's that evening. When they left, he caught the métro at Place Voltaire.... M asked Lucas to check with all the night taxies near Rue Popincourt -- there was a stand on Place Voltaire -- to see if anyone picked up up François Lagrange. [1952-REV]
M waited for a bus in the Place Voltaire, got one with a platform where he could smoke his pipe. [1960-VIE]
M went into an old-fashioned bar, Chez Jules, 50 yeards away and called the police of the 11th arrondissement, nearby on the Place Léon-Blum, which used to be called the Place Voltaire.
Voltaire, Quai. [Paris. 7e, Palais-Bourbon. from Rue des Saints-Pères to Rue du Bac]
The one they called The Beard was Boris Saft, and that One-Eye was Sasha Vorontsow, actually a Russian, not a Pole.
Vosges. [dept, NE France pop. 1968: 388,201. and: Mountain range extending between Haute-Rhin and Vosges depts., NE France, separated on the S from the Jura Mountains by Belfort Gap.]
M went to Atoum's carpet shop, where cups of Turkish coffe were laid out. M reminded him of their meeting in Alsace, the Vosges.
Vosges, Place des
Vosges, Place des. [Paris. 3e, Temple. from Rue de Birague to Rue des Francs-Bourg]
The iron gates of the garden were shut, Place des Vosges deserted when M arrived. The concierge had called to report a crime at 61, Place des Vosges. Almost at the corner of the Rue de Turenne. Raymond Couchet had been found shot to death in his office. [1931-OMB]
During the many years they had lived in the Place des Vosges, M had formed the habit, in summer, of undoing his dark tie as soon as he came in from the courtyard, finishing by the time he reached the first floor. The building, like all those in the square, had once been a private mansion. By the time he reached the second floor, the staircase was steep and narrow. His door was the third on the left. By the time he put his key in the lock he'd call out, it's me, and go to the dining room, with its tall window open to the dazzling light of the square with its four fountains. ... All around the public garden, which fenced in by its iron railings, is one of the most formal in Paris, stand identical houses with arcades and steeply sloping roofs.... Mme M said the blonde girl [Rita] always went into 17b [Place des Vosges], where some people who had a big American car and a chauffeur lived.... The first floor apartments in the Place des Vosges are inhabited by the wealthy middle class and by fashionable people. [1937-38-amo]
Everything was shrouded in Scotch mist, and Gérard Pardon had only just realized they were near the Place de la Bastille. The driver was approaching Place des Vosges by way of Rue Saint-Antoine. [1940-CEC]
M called Mme M and told her to take Joseph's car, or rather that Joseph would pick her up and take her to Les Aubrais, and she'd arrive at 6 o'clock at Quai d'Orsay. By taxi she'd be at the Place des Vosges in ten minutes. It was their former Paris home, which they'd kept. [1945-FAC]
At the same time yesterday, the man [Albert Rochain] had been crossing the Place des Vosges, with its murmuring fountains.... Lucas had an endurance story as well, known as the Tale of the Crippled Blockhead: To keep watch on a small private house - at the corner of the Rue de Birague, near the Place des Vosges, he had been disguised as a paralyzed old man in a wheelchair, whom every morning a nurse pushed to the window where he stayed all day, a spreading beard, fed by a spoon. This had gone on for 10 days, at the end of which he'd practically lost the use of his legs. [see: STA]... M sent another detective to check all the little cafés around the Châtelet, the Place des Vosges, and the Bastille. [1947-MOR]
M knew the district well, had once thought of living there, less than 50 yards from the Place des Vosges. Leaving the narrow Rue des Francs-Bourgeois at the corner of the square, and following the Rue de Turenne toward the Place de la République, you come first on the left to a yellow-painted bistro, then to a little restaurant, the Crémerie Salmon. Right next door was Frans Steuvels' glass-fronted studio with the sign "Art Binding". In the shop next door, Mme. Veuve Rancé ran an umbrella business. [1949-MME]
M explained that when the setting of their house had been the Place des Vosges, the one on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir was being repaired, so they'd stayed in Georges Simenon's, who was off to Africa for a year, No. 21. [1950-MEM]
During the months that M had spent in Place des Vosges, while the house on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir was undergoing alterations, he and Mme M had often walked in the evenings round the Île Saint-Louis.... Jean Guillot and Lucien Hardoin stopped for a drink at a café on the corner of the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, close to the Place des Vosges. [1962-CLO]
A doctor named Mahossier had his office on the Place des Vosges.
Vouvant Voyages Duchemin Voyageurs, Hôtel des
Vouvant. Gassin de Beaulieu had retired to his château in Vendée, in the forest of Vouvant. [1968-HES]
Voyages Duchemin. A huge yellow van of Voyages Duchemin stopped in front of the building. [1936-pig]
Voyageurs, Hôtel des. see: Hôtel des Voyageurs
V--, Philippe de. Prince Philippe de V-- was Isabelle de V--'s son, about 45. He married Irène de Marchangy, and lived nearly all year round in his château at Genestoux, near Caen, where he owned a stud and several farms, five or six children.... Prince Philippe de V-- spent most of the year in Normandy, looking after his farms. [1960-VIE]
Vraux. The lock at Vraux had only two of its sluices working. The lock-keeper thought... Mareuil-sur-Ay, Condé, near Aigny there was a dozen barges lined up... the Providence was probably at Saint-Martin, about 20 miles away. [1930-PRO]
Vries, Hubert de. see: de Vries, Hubert
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