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Le Revolver de Maigret

June, 1952. Shadow Rock Farm, Lakeville (Connecticut)

Presses de la Cité, 1952
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 6, pp. 113-213 (101pp).

Maigret's Revolver (1956) tr. Nigel Ryan

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Maigret of the Month: May, 2007


A young man, Alain Lagrange, visits M's apartment while he is out. He leaves before M returns, taking the .45 revolver M had received as a gift from the FBI. That evening M dines at the Pardons, where François Lagrange, Alain's father and an old schoolmate of Pardon's, had been expected, but didn't appear due to ill health. Pardon mentions Lagrange's son, which leads M to visit Lagrange on the off chance that his son was the one who stole the revolver. Leaving Lagrange's, M chats with the concierge, who mentions that Lagrange had been well enough to go out the night before with a heavy trunk. M investigates and finds Deputy André Delteil's body in the trunk at the Gare du Nord. Lagrange refuses to talk at all, seemingly mad.
A policeman had spotted a man matching Alain's description outside an apartment on Boulevard Richard-Wallace, where M discovers that Jeanne Debul, who had known Lagrange, lived. She had just left for London. M finds that Alain has also taken a plane to London, and so he follows them. He finds Alain hiding under a bed in Debul's hotel room, waiting to shoot her, believing that she had been the cause of his father's hardships. Actually, she was apparently an extortionist, using Lagrange to collect for her. He had apparently decided to try to get more from Delteil for himself, and in the process, wound up shooting him with his own gun. M convinces Alain to give up his plan, takes him under his wing, and they return to Paris, where M. expects one day to find a reason to arrest Debul.

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Maigret of the Month: May, 2007


Names

Baron, The Beauman Bryan
Chief Commissioner Daumas Dazergues
Debul, Jeanne Delteil, André Delteil, Pat
Delteil, Pierre Delval Desquiens
Ernest Fenton Gastinne-Renette
Georgette Gibon Grimal, Gaston
Harbor Police Hotels Section Houard
Janvier Jonzac Journe
Jussieu Lagrange, Alain Lagrange, François
Lagrange, Philippe Lagrange's daughter Lajaunie, Berthe
Lebraz Lebraz, Emile Lecoeur
Lombras, Gérard Loony Lourtie
Lucas Matthieu Mettetal
Minister of Interior Mme M Pardon, Dr
Paul, Dr Police Commissioner Public Prosecutor
Pyke, Inspector Rateau Rosetti
Torrence Trelo


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