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Le Voleur de Maigret

November, 1966. Épilanges (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1967
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 13, pp. 543-658 (116pp).

Maigret and the Pickpocket (1975) tr. Nigel Ryan
Maigret's Pickpocket (1968) tr. Nigel Ryan

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Maigret of the Month: July, 2009

Riding to work on an open bus, M has his pocket picked, his wallet, including his badge, stolen. He'd seen the young man, but he couldn't give chase. The next day he receives his wallet and all the contents in the mail, and a few minutes later a phone call from the thief, François Ricain, who arranges to meet M near his home. Ricain, terribly agitated, takes M to his apartment on the Rue Saint-Charles, and shows M the body of his wife, Sophie Ricain, dead of a gunshot to the head. Ricain claims it happened while he was out trying to get money for the rent, and that he's been in a panic since, and thought M might believe him. M questions him, and goes to the Old Wine Press, a restaurant where Ricain and his friends related to the movie business gather.
M questions Walter Carus, the producer, richest of the set, as well as his strange mistress Nora. Eventually, returning to Ricain's apartment, M notices Jacques Huguet, the photographer of the group, in his window overlooking the courtyard, and on questioning him, learns that he had seen Ricain leave his apartment that night, and that shortly after Huguet and gone to call on Sophie but there had been no answer. The murder had been by Ricain, who had thought up the pickpocket ploy to throw M off the track. M and Huguet rush to Ricain's apartment, where they find him with his wrists cut, in the bath, but they arrive in time for him to be saved for arrest.

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Maigret of the Month: July, 2009


Camus Carus, Walter Delaplanque
Delval, Rose Dramin, Gérard Dréville
Fernande Fléchier, Bernard Gastinne-Renette
Gaston Huguet, Jacques Huguet, Jocelyne
Janvier Joseph Joseph, Old
Lapointe Lecoeur Le Gal
Louchard, Pierre Louis Lourtie
Lucas Maki Mandille, Bob
Maxwell Mme M Moers
Nora Pardon, Dr Piget
Ricain Ricain, François Ricain, Sophie
Torrence Trevor Vatan, Rose

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