By Georges Simenon
The hugely renowned pipe-smoking Inspector Maigret embarks on extra detective adventures which contain the darker impulses of the human center and violent betrayals. those titles are reissued to coincide with the Granada dramatizations starring Michael Gambon.
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He doesn’t have all that many sufferers. ” “Do you recognize him? ” “A little. ” The owner paused, having a look them over, really Boissier. “You’re police, eh? ” Maigret concept it larger to claim sure. “Has he performed anything? ” “We’re simply creating a few inquiries… What does he seem like? ” “Taller and larger than i'm, or you,” he stated, taking a look this time on the leader Inspector. “He needs to be all of 2 hundred and thirty kilos. ” “How outdated? ” “Fifty? round that besides. now not too good grew to become out— that's extraordinary, him being a dentist. Shabby, like outdated bachelors get. ” “He isn’t married? ” “Wait a minute… topic of truth, if I have in mind rightly, he did get married, approximately years in the past… There’s an outdated girl dwelling in the home, too—his mom, I suppose—who does the procuring each morning…” “No maid? ” “Only a regular lady. brain you, I’m unsure. I merely understand him simply because he is available in right here every now and then for a drink at the sly. ” “On the sly? ” “People like him don’t come to areas like this mostly. whilst he does, he consistently takes a brief examine his residence, as though to ensure he can’t be obvious. And he seems to be sheepish while he comes as much as the counter. “ ‘Glass of crimson wine! ’ he’ll say. “Never takes anything. i do know by way of no longer to place the bottle again at the shelf, simply because he’s absolute to have one other. He gulps it, wipes his mouth, and has the switch all prepared in his hand. ” “Does he ever get inebriated? ” “Never. simply the 2 glasses. As he is going out, I see him slip a cachou or a clove into his mouth. So his breath won’t odor of wine, after all. ” “What’s his mom like? ” “A little previous lady, very dried up, wearing black. She by no means passes the time of day with anyone. and he or she doesn’t glance effortless to get on with. ” “His spouse? ” “I’ve infrequently noticeable her other than once they move via within the vehicle. yet I’ve heard she’s a foreigner. She’s tall and stout like him, with a ruddy face. ” “Do you think that they’re away on holiday? ” “Let’s see… i feel I served him his glasses of purple or 3 days in the past. ” “Two or 3? ” “Wait a minute. It used to be the evening the plumber got here to fix the beer pump. I’ll cross ask my wife—to be certain I’m now not speaking via my hat. ” It used to be days before—in different phrases, Tuesday—several hours prior to Alfred Jussiaume stumbled on a useless woman’s physique in the home. “Can you bear in mind the time? ” “He comes, frequently, approximately part prior six. ” “On foot? ” “Yes. They’ve obtained an previous vehicle, yet that’s the time of day he is taking his constitutional… You can’t inform me what this is often all approximately? ” “It’s no longer approximately something in any respect. simply checking. ” the guy didn’t think them; you'll see it it appears that evidently in his eyes. “You’ll be again? ” Then he became to the manager Inspector. “You’re now not Monsieur Maigret, via any likelihood, are you? ” “Did a person say so? ” “One of the bricklayers notion he famous you. while you're, my spouse will be more than pleased to fulfill you within the flesh. ” “We’ll be back,” he promised. They’d had a great meal, and they’d inebriated the calvados the owner, who got here from Falaise, had provided them. Now they have been strolling down the sidewalk at the shady aspect of the road.