Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master

By Georges Simenon

The regularity of existence in a quiet village at the English Channel is damaged whilst the neighborhood harbor-master is murdered. Inspector Maigret, down from Paris, is on unusual floor the following as he plunges into the harborside gloom, trying to find killer and purpose. Translated through Stuart Gilbert.A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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A mild lorry. beautiful old,” Maigret saw, and informed the chauffeur to stick to up the tracks. They quickly stopped back. good earlier than Dives the tracks petered out the place a stony by-road led off to the precise. Monsieur Grandmaison was once nonetheless at the alert, a glint of anger mingling with the apprehension in his eyes. “What do you are making of it? ” “There’s a village over there, yards down that highway. ” “In that case we’d higher depart the automobile the following. ” Weariness gave Maigret an air of virtually inhuman apathy. He moved like a sleep-walker, or a laptop carried ahead through its personal momentum. someone seeing the 2 males jogging down the line might have imagined that the mayor used to be in command, Maigret an underling. They went earlier a cottage with fowls roaming round it; a girl at the doorstep eyed them wonderingly. almost immediately they got here out in the back of the village church, which used to be rarely higher than the cottage. On their left was once a tobacconist’s. Maigret displayed his empty pouch. “Wait a second, please. ” the store dealt in groceries and loved ones sundries in addition to tobacco. An outdated guy emerged from a room with a vaulted ceiling and known as his daughter to serve the buyer. throughout the half-open door Maigret had a glimpse of a cell fastened at the wall. “How lengthy is it due to the fact my buddy got here and used your ’phone? ” the lady spoke back swiftly: “Oh, really an hour. ” “Ah! Then the woman grew to become up okay? ” “Yes. in fact, she known as in the following to invite her manner. It’s really effortless to discover. The final condominium within the lane at the correct. ” He went out, composed as ever. Monsieur Grandmaison used to be ready in entrance of the church, casting agitated glances around him. If he is going on behaving like that, Maigret suggestion, we’ll have all of the village turning out to monitor us! “It’s simply struck me,” he stated in a low tone, “that we might besides divide forces for this task. Will you're making searches at the left, the place the fields start? I’ll do an identical factor at the correct. ” A gleam of pride, which he vainly attempted to conceal, confirmed within the mayor’s eyes. Maigret observed what was once in his brain. He was hoping to be the 1st to discover Madame Grandmaison, and feature the chance for a personal speak along with her. “Right you're! ” he answered with feigned indifference. The village consisted of a few twenty homes. At one aspect they have been huddled aspect by way of facet and there has been an apology for a highway among them, plagued by dung. It used to be nonetheless raining—a high quality misty drizzle—and no one used to be approximately. yet curtains have been drawn stealthily apart. Maigret had glimpses of previous girls, wizened peasant faces, peeping on the strangers. at the outskirts, simply beside a meadow within which horses have been scampering approximately, used to be a small low hut, with a interestingly humped roof and steps resulting in the door. Maigret appeared again, listened. He heard the mayor’s footfalls on the different finish of the village. with no knocking, he walked in. The room was once in darkness yet for the glow of a wooden fireplace. As he entered there has been a rustling within the shadows. He glimpsed a gloomy shape, a blob of white—an outdated woman’s cap.

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