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Maigret et le marchand du vin

September, 1969. Épilanges (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1970
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 14, pp. 769-873 (105pp).

Maigret and the Wine Merchant (1971) tr. Eileen Ellenbogen

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Maigret of the Month: December, 2009

M is interrogating Théo Stiernet, a young man who'd killed his own grandmother for a few francs, when a message comes in from the 17th that Oscar Chabut, a wealthy wine merchant, had been killed. Going to the scene, he recognizes the house in the Rue Fortuny, belonging to Mme Blanche, which Oscar Chabut was leaving when he was shot. M finds Mme Blanche, and after a while Chabut's private secretary, Anne-Marie Boutin, the Grasshopper, with whom he'd gone there once a week. Chabut's wife is a beautiful woman in her forties, and when M goes to their house in the Place des Vosges, she seems no more upset than Anne-Marie had been. Chabut had been a fanatic womanizer, and seemingly had gone out of his way to make enemies. Jeanne Chabut, his wife, prepares a long list of possible liaisons for M. During his investigation, M receives an anonymous phone call, say that Chabut was a swine. M suspects it's the murderer, and that he'd seen him in the street. The Grasshopper remembers that the former bookkeeper, Gilbert Pigou, had been fired in a crude way not six months before. He becomes the focus of M's investigation, and calls again, apparently having followed M around. Finally, when M has set a manhunt in progress, Pigou shows up late at night at M's house to surrender. Chabut had fired him in a way to make him more or less unemployable, and his poverty and hatred of Chabut had finally led to the killing.

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Maigret of the Month: December, 2009


Aline Aubin, Gérard Berthe
Blanche Borderel, Philippe Boutin, Anne-Marie
Caucasson, Jean-Luc Caucasson, Meg Chabut, Désiré
Chabut, Jeanne Chabut, Oscar Chazeau
Fourquet Grasshopper Janvier
Japy, Estelle Joseph, Old Lapointe
Leboeuf Legendre, Henri Legendre, Marie-France
Leprêtre Louceck, Stéphane Louis
Lourtie Loutrie Lucas
Ménard, Joséphine Menou Merlot, Lucile
Merlot, Pierre Mme M Nadine
Palloc Pardon, Dr Pigou, Gilbert
Pigou, Liliane Poupard Riolle, Jacques
Rioux Stiernet, Théo Thorel, Rita
Thorel, Xavier Torrence Trouard

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