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La Patience de Maigret

March, 1965. Épilanges (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1965
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 13, pp. 9-111 (103pp).

Maigret Bides His Time (1966) tr. Alastair Hamilton
Maigret's Patience (2019) tr. David Watson
The Patience of Maigret (1966) tr. Alastair Hamilton

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Maigret of the Month: May, 2009

Only 10 days after the arrest of the dentist in the Rue des Acacias (DEF), M finds himself there again, this time investigating the murder of Manuel Palmari, a criminal M had known for 20 years, and who he suspected to be behind the string of jewel robberies over that period. Palmari's mistress Aline was out shopping at the time, with a police tail. M interviews almost all the tenants of the building, then goes to the Palmari's Clou Doré restaurant with Lapointe, and talks to the new owner, manager and headwaiter, Jean-Loup Pernelle, who tells M of a hotel Palmari owned. While there he notices a certain M. Louis, and he leaves Lapointe to watch him.
After M leaves, M. Louis makes a phone call, and Lapointe sees most of the number. A check reveals that it's to the tenant opposite Manuel Palmari's apartment, Fernand Barillard. M goes to the hotel, learns it is owned by Aline, and that she met Barillard there. M goes to visit him, and tells him he knows he and Aline are behind the crime, then goes and tells Aline the same thing.
Later, while talking to someone in the diamond district, M realizes the significance of the deaf-mute in the attic, Jef Claes. He rushes back to the building, but he is too late: Jef has been hanged in his basement shop, belonging to Barillard. Barillard's wife, the former Mina Claes, had been Jef's adopted granddaughter, from when they were bombed in Douai during the war. Barillard had enlisted him as the gang's diamond cutter. M arrests Barillard and Aline, allowing them to meet at the QDO where they attack each other.

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Maigret of the Month: May, 2009


Aline Amelia Ancelin
Barillard, Fernand Barillard, Mina Baron
Belhomme Bérenstein Big-armed Jo
Bonfils Chabaud, Jean Claes, Jef
Claes, Mina Clerdent Coméliau
Desgrières Destouches, Jean Druet, Alain
Fay, Josette Gastinne-Renette Gélot
Hérel, Jeanine Janin Janvier
Justin Krulak, Victor Lagrume
Lapointe Lavancher, Justin Louis
Lucas Lulu the Torpedo Mariani
Martin Masoletti, Gino Maupois
Mme M Moers Nobel
Palmari, Manuel Pardon, Dr Pasquier, Lulu
Pasquier, Tony Paul, Dr Pégasse, Louise
Pernelle, Jean-Loup Stuart, James Tuppler, Mabel
Vacher Vignon, François Yolande

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