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Paris-Soir-Dimanche, Jan. 3, 1937
Paris-Soir-Dimanche, Jan. 3, 1944
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 24, pp. 977-984 (8pp).
Maigret's Mistake (ss) (1977) tr. Jean Stewart
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Maigret of the Month: January, 2011
M investigates a death by poisoning in the seedy little 'Special Bookshop' in the Rue Saint-Denis - books for 'connoisseurs'. Émilienne, the young assistant, has been found dead of an overdose of sleeping pills in her tea. M suspects the owner, Eugène Labri, a greasy, obsequious type M has difficulty avoiding punching in the face. He'd found a packet of love letters to Labri from Émilienne. Labri assures him he has no reason to kill her, as he's sold the shop, and included her with the inventory. A call from Lucas with the autopsy reveals she'd been a virgin, and M understands his mistake. She'd killed herself when realizing that the man she thought loved her, in her innocent sense, regarded her simply as part of the merchandise. M allows himself the pleasure of the punch in the face.
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