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Maigret et les braves gens

September, 1961. Noland (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1962
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 11, pp. 379-471 (93pp).

Maigret and the Black Sheep (1976) tr. Helen Thomson

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Maigret of the Month: November, 2008


M is called to the home of René Josselin, a retired cardboard box company owner, who has been found shot in his chair at home. His wife, Francine Josselin and daughter, Véronique Fabre, had found him when they returned home from an evening at the theater. He had stayed home, and played chess with his son-in-law, Doctor Paul Fabre, who'd been called away to a sick child... only there was no sick child, and no one at that address knew anything about it. He'd gone from there to the hospital, to check his patients. The problem is that everyone involved is a "good person"... there are no suspects, and no motive. According to the concierge, no one had left the building after Dr. Fabre, and only one person had come in, for one of the neighbors. But then it seems Josselin's gun is missing, and the neighbor reports no visitors. A search of the building reveals that a man had stayed in one of the maid's rooms, and that he'd gotten the key from the Josselin's apartment. The door hadn't been forced, and Josselin wasn't taken unawares. Finally a tedious door-to-door check of the neighborhood reveals that Josselin had met a man in a café one day, and that his wife had met the same man later on. M discovers an old lady who'd known Mme Francine Josselin's family before she married, and that she had a younger brother, who had always been in trouble. M confronts Mme Josselin, who admits she hadn't wanted to mention her brother, no doubt the killer, who'd apparently come to borrow money from Josselin once again, and shot him in anger when refused. A search for the man, Philippe de Lancieux, is unproductive, until six months later he is found dead, knifed in some kind of underworld crime.

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Maigret of the Month: November, 2008


Names

Anselme Aresco Baron
Baron Blanche Blanchon
Bonnet Commissioner Darrui
Davey Delille Demaille
Dolores Dupeu Émile
Fabre, Paul Fabre, Véronique Germaine
Gossard, Étienne Interpol Janvier
Jeanne Josselin, Francine Josselin, René
Jouane Lachat Lancieux, Francine de
Lancieux, Philippe de Lapointe Larue
Lechat Ledent Lesage
Lucas Majewski Manu
Mercier Mérillon, Joseph Meurat
Mme M Moers Mornet
Nolan Olga Pardon, Dr
Saint-Hubert Schwartz Stéphane
Torrence Tupler Vacher


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