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Maigret se défend

July, 1964. Épilanges (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1964
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 12, pp. 551-643 (93pp).

Maigret Defends Himself (2019) tr. Howard Curtis
Maigret on the Defensive (1966) tr. Alastair Hamilton

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Maigret of the Month: April, 2009

For the first time in his career, M is summoned to the Chief Commissioner's office by a written summons. He has been accused by Nicole Prieur, 17-year-old niece of a high-ranking public official, of picking her up in a bar, getting her drunk, and taking her to a hotel room, where he undressed her, but "was unable to do anything." M is forbidden to interview her or anyone regarding the case, and told that if offered, his resignation would be accepted. M disregards the injunction and starts to investigate, returning to Manuel Palmari's, who he had been investigating for a series of jewel robberies, and sending out inspectors, against orders.
He learns from a Sorbonne porter that Nicole was a member of the Hundred Keys Club, which he visits, and discovers that her sponsor had been François Mélan, the dentist whose office was opposite Palmari's. Suspicious, he visits the dentist and makes inquiries about him, eventually discovering that besides being a brilliant, troubled man, he was also an abortionist. Three of his clients had died during the procedure, and he had buried them secretly in his garden. He had spotted M at Palmari's, whose window was opposite his, and assumed that M was on his trail, so had set up the situation with Nicole to get M off the case.

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Maigret of the Month: April, 2009


Abouchère Ajoupa Aline
Arceau, Viscomte d' Barillard Barnacle
Bassin Bernard Blutet, Roland
Bouet, Martine Carola Carvet, Nicole
Chief Chief Commissioner Cornal, Eric
Coutant, Oscar Dariman Désiré
Dubuisson, Laure Emma François
Genaro Janvier Jaquemain
Joseph, Old Jules Landry, Marcel
Lapointe Loriot Lourtie
Lucas Marco Martinez
Mélan, François Mme M Motte
Palmari, Manuel Pardon, Dr Pardon, Solange
Pipi Prieur, Christophe Prieur, Jean-Baptiste
Prieur, Nicole Vivier

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