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Maigret et le clochard

May, 1962. Noland (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1963
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 11, pp. 567-655 (89pp).

Maigret and the Dosser (1973) tr. Jean Stewart
Maigret and the Bum

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Maigret of the Month: January, 2009


An attempted murder of a down-and-outer: While he was sleeping under the Pont Marie, someone had hit "Doc" over the head and tossed him into the Seine to drown, but a couple of Belgian bargemen nearby had fished him out in time to save him. His identity card reveals that he is François Keller, from Mulhouse, where, coincidentally, Mme M's sister lives. Thus M learns that he had been a doctor there, left his wife and daughter and gone off to Gabon, in Africa, to work "like Dr. Schweitzer." But things hadn't gone the way he'd hoped, and for the past 15 years or more, he'd been a clochard in Paris, sleeping under the bridges, working as a sandwich man to buy his bottle of wine.
M interviews his daughter and mother, but there seems to be no motive or contact. He goes down the Seine to find the bargeman again, and learns that his wife's father had owned the barge until he'd drowned in the Seine two years before, near the bridge at the Quai de la Rapée, where Doc had slept at the time, but not since. M is convinced that the bargeman Jef van Houtte is guilty, but he denies all, and Doc is no help — he refuses to say anything. M is finally forced to let van Houtte go, but a few months later a chance comment by Doc that "it's impossible to pass judgment" convinces M that he was right, though Doc maintains that he'd said nothing.

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Maigret of the Month: January, 2009


Names

Alice Badet Berthe
Dantziger Dédé Doc
Florence Goulet Goulet, Justin
Guillot, Jean Hardoin, Lucien Houtte, Anna van
Houtte, Anneke van Houtte, Hubert van Houtte, Jef van
Houtte, Josef van Houtte, Yolande van Janvier
Keller Keller, François Lambois
Lapointe Laure Léa
Lemke Lucas Magnin
Merville Mme M Neveu
Parrain Pérignon Prijean
Rousselet, Jacqueline Rousselet, Jeannot Rousselet, René
Torrence Willems, Louis


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