By Georges Simenon
It's 4 o'clock within the morning and out of the rain-slick cobbled streets of Montmartre seems to be a garishly dressed younger lady. Her lipstick is smudged and her gait is unsteady, yet there isn't any mistaking her amazing attract. on the police station within the rue de l. a. Rochefoucauld she insists that she has details of bad urgency - then denies it an hour later. It takes brutal stranglings and a gorgeous corpse to guide Maigret, assisted through a lovelorn detective, into an all-too-familiar underworld the place he strains a determined eroticism to its inevitable end.
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That’s all that’s identified at great. After the home was once bought the Countess disappeared, and she’s by no means been noticeable back at the Riviera. ” “You’d larger cross and glance in at the gambling-licence office,” instructed Maigret. “And the narcotics squad may have a few information for you too. ” “Aren’t I to house Arlette? ” “Not for the instant. I’d such as you to ring via to great back, in addition. they can provide you with a listing of the folks who have been dwelling on the Oasis whilst the count number died. Don’t disregard the servants. i do know it’s fifteen years in the past, yet we are able to hint a few of them. ” It used to be nonetheless snowing, particularly tough; however the flakes have been so mild and feathery that they melted once they touched a wall or the floor. “Is that each one, sir? ” “That’s excited about now. go away the dossier with me. ” “You don’t wish me to put in writing up my record? ” “Not until it’s all accomplished. Off you cross. ” Maigret bought up: the warmth of the workplace made him believe drowsy, and he nonetheless had a foul style in his mouth and a lifeless pain behind his head. He remembered there has been a girl awaiting him within the anteroom, and made up our minds to fetch her himself for the sake of jogging a number of yards. If there have been time he could have long past to the Brasserie Dauphine for a pitcher of beer to freshen him up. there have been numerous humans within the glass-partitioned waiting-room, the place the golf green of the armchairs seemed harsher than traditional, and an umbrella was once status in a nook, surrounded by way of a pool of melted snow. having a look around for his customer, Maigret observed an aged lady in black sitting bolt upright on a chair. She bought up as he got here in—she had most likely visible his photograph within the papers. Lognon was once there too, yet made no movement to upward push; he simply checked out the Inspector and sighed. That used to be his means. He had a good have to suppose wronged, unfortunate, a sufferer of situations. He have been operating all evening, trailing around the rainy streets whereas millions of Parisians have been asleep. The case was once out of his palms now, because headquarters had taken it over. yet he had performed his top, understanding that the credits could visit others; and he had made a discovery. He were sitting within the waiting-room for the final 30 minutes, including an odd younger guy with lengthy hair, a faded face, and a skinny nostril, who stared instantly prior to him as if approximately to faint. and of course no one paid any recognition to him. they simply left him to kick his heels. They didn’t even ask who he’d introduced with him, or what he’d figured out. Maigret simply murmured: “See you in a minute, Lognon! ” as he confirmed the woman out. Maigret opened the door of his place of work and stood again, announcing: “Please sit. ” He quickly learned he had made a mistake. as a result of what Rose had acknowledged, and thanks to his visitor’s first rate, relatively prim visual appeal, her black outfits and stiff demeanour, he had assumed it was once Arlette’s mom, who had well-known her daughter’s picture within the papers. Her first phrases didn't right this effect. “I reside at Lisieux,” she stated, “and I got here up via the 1st educate this morning.