By Georges Simenon
It's 4 o'clock within the morning and out of the rain-slick cobbled streets of Montmartre seems a garishly dressed younger girl. Her lipstick is smudged and her gait is unsteady, yet there isn't any mistaking her impressive attract. on the police station within the rue de los angeles Rochefoucauld she insists that she has info of negative urgency - then denies it an hour later. It takes brutal stranglings and a stunning corpse to steer 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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And never in operating hours. I don’t allow them to exit earlier than we shut. they preserve the boys the following so long as attainable through encouraging them to drink and that i consider they promise to satisfy them once they pop out. ” “And do they? ” “What d’you imagine? ” “Did Arlette, too? ” “She should have, every now and then. ” “With the younger guy who was once right here final evening? ” “No, now not with him, I’m definite. He was once there from the purest reasons, you may say. He got here in a single night unintentionally, with a chum, and fell in love with Arlette at the start sight. He got here back a number of instances, yet by no means waited until eventually we closed. He most likely needed to wake up early and visit paintings. ” “Had she the other regulars? ” “Hardly any of our consumers are regulars, you want to absolutely have discovered that. They’re birds of passage. They’re all alike, after all, yet they’re continuously diversified. ” “Hadn’t she any males pals? ” “I recognize not anything approximately that,” responded Fred quite stiffly. Maigret glanced at Rose and acknowledged, a bit hesitantly: “I feel you your self never…” “Oh, move ahead—Rose isn’t jealous and she or he acquired over very long time in the past. certain, if you happen to needs to recognize, I did. ” “In her flat? ” “I by no means set foot within the position. right here, within the kitchen. ” “It’s constantly that approach with him,” saw Rose. “You hardly ever realize he’s long past, ahead of he’s again back. after which the lady is available in, shaking herself like a ruffled chicken. ” She laughed on the idea. “You don’t understand something concerning the Countess? ” “What Countess? ” “Oh, by no means brain. are you able to provide me the Grasshopper’s deal with? What’s his actual identify? ” “Thomas… He hasn’t the other. He was once a foundling. I can’t let you know the place he sleeps, yet you’ll locate him on the races this afternoon. That’s the one factor he cares approximately. a few extra brandy? ” “No thanks. ” “Do you consider the newshounds could be coming around? ” “Most most probably. once they get wind of what’s occurred. ” It used to be tricky to make out even if Fred used to be thrilled or frustrated on the exposure he was once susceptible to obtain. “Anyhow, I’ll do all i will be able to that will help you. i guess I’d larger open as traditional this night? if you happen to prefer to drop in, you could query all of the others. ” whilst Maigret acquired again to the Rue Notre-Dame de Lorette, the police vehicle was once not there, and an ambulance was once simply putting off the girl’s physique. a number of idlers have been putting around the door, yet now not as many as he had anticipated. Janvier used to be within the concierge’s inn, creating a cell name. He rang off simply as Maigret got here in, and acknowledged: “The record from Moulins has come via already. The Leleu couple—father and mother—are nonetheless residing there, with their son, who’s a financial institution clerk. As for Jeanne Leleu, their daughter, she’s small, snub-nosed, dark-haired, left domestic 3 years in the past, and hasn’t given an indication of existence considering that. Her mom and dad aren’t in the slightest degree . ” “The description doesn’t healthy at a unmarried element, does it? ” “No. She’s inches shorter than Arlette, and he or she isn’t more likely to have had her nostril straightened. ” “No mobilephone calls in regards to the Countess? ” “Nothing in any respect. I’ve puzzled all of the tenants in construction B. There are a superb lots of them.