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Une confidence de Maigret

May, 1959. Noland (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1959
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 10, pp. 119-218 (100pp).

Maigret Has Doubts (1968) tr. Lyn Moir

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Maigret of the Month: July, 2008


Dining at the Pardons', M tells the story of a case from a few years back, in which Adrien Josset was found guilty and executed for the murder of his wife, Christine Josset. She had been much wealthier than he, and had set him up in business. M had had but one chance to interview him before the Examining Magistrate, Judge Coméliau, having decided he was guilty, took over the case. Josset claimed he found his wife in her room, stabbed many times, and panicked, feeling he would be accused, and left the house, taking with him a dagger he thought would implicate him, which he claimed he threw off a bridge. He wandered around, drank heavily, and finally changed his mind and reported the crime to the local police station. It became known that he had a mistress, his young secretary, Annette Duché, and that the night before there had been a confrontation with her father, Martin Duché. When the father returned to his town, he was confronted by a newspaper reporter, and committed suicide, further moving public opinion against Josset. It became even stronger when it came out that his Annette had had an abortion. A few years later M heard that a drifter, Popaul, who had supposedly been an occasional lover of Christine's had claimed to have killed her, but it was never confirmed.

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Maigret of the Month: July, 2008


Names

Badel Bonfils Bruart
Bruart, Alice Brugnali Carlotta
Coméliau Daunard Duché, Annette
Duché, Martin Fontane, Christine Janvier
Jean Jeanine Jeannet
Josset, Adrien Josset, Christine Joublin, Gaston
Jules Julie Kruger
Lalinde, François Lapointe Lenain
Liorant Lombras Lousteau
Lowell, Austin Maisons-Alfort Malletier, Hortense
Marina Mme M Ninouche
Pardon, Dr Paul, Dr Pecqueur
Popaul Siran Torrence
Virieu


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