Maigret and the Informer

Maigret and the Informer

Georges Simenon

Language: English

Pages: 85

ISBN: 0151551405

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Maigret and the Informer

Georges Simenon

Language: English

Pages: 85

ISBN: 0151551405

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Maurice Marcia, the ex-gangster owner of the fashionable restaurant on the Rue Fontaine, The Sardine, is found murdered in the Avenue Junot, apparently killed elsewhere. He'd left his restaurant during the late evening, after receiving a phone call. Inspector Louis, who knows the 9th arrondissement well, has received a reliable tip, via an anonymous phone call, that Manuel Mori was the killer. He and his brother, Jo Mori, are suspected of being behind the château gang, who have been doing a series of burglaries of unoccupied villas. Marcia's wife of 4 years, Line Marcia, 30 years younger than him, seems the perfect bereaved widow, but soon it appears she is actually Manuel Mori's mistress. M confronts Manuel Mori, and learns the identity of the informer, a Montmartre character called the Flea, because of his size. He has gone into hiding, and even his girlfriend doesn't know where. M travels south, to Bandol, for Marcia's funeral, and confronts Line and Manuel in her villa. Back in Paris, M finally locates the Flea, and arrests Line, Manuel, and Manuel's brother, Jo. In M's office, the Flea admits that Manuel had paid him to call Marcia, setting up the situation for the killing. Line had been at least an accomplice, and Jo Mori had helped to drive the body away to be dumped in the Avenue Junot. (trussel.com)

One of the world’s most successful crime writers, Georges Simenon has thrilled mystery lovers around the world since 1931 with his matchless creation Inspector Maigret.
A phenomenal author and his phenomenal character Georges Simenon was by many standards the most successful author of the 20th century, and the character he created, Inspector Jules Maigret, who made him rich and famous, ranks only after Sherlock Holmes as the world's best known fictional detective. There is nothing commonplace about the life of Georges Simenon, and he and his works have been the subject of innumerable books and articles. The Maigret stories are unlike any other detective stories — the crime and the details of unraveling it are often less central to our interest than Maigret's journey through the discovery of the cast of characters... towards an understanding of man. Simenon said he was obsessed with a search for the "naked man" — man without his cultural protective coloration, and he followed his quest as much in the Maigrets as in his "hard" novels.
Although most of Simenon's work is available in English, it was originally written in French. Simenon was born and raised in Belgium, and while Paris was "the city" for him, the home of Maigret, he was 'an international,' a world traveler who moved often and lived for many years in France, the United States, and Switzerland.
Because he wrote in French, and for the most part lived in French-speaking countries, most of the books and magazine articles about him were written in French as well. Unlike his own books however, many of these have never been available in translation. Because Simenon lived to be nearly 90, and left a legacy of hundreds of books — from which more than 50 films have been made, along with hundreds of television episodes — there is much to collect, to examine, to display and discuss. (trussel.com)

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in the background. “Did you know Monsieur Maurice?” “By reputation and by sight.” “Does he live in the district?” “I’m almost certain he lives in the 9th arrondissement. In the vicinity of Rue Ballu.” “He didn’t have a mistress around here?” It was odd, in fact, for someone with a body on his hands to come from another district to deposit it in peaceful Avenue Junot. “I think I would have heard about it. Someone who must know is Inspector Louis of the 9th arrondissement, who knows the area

you?” His gaze ran insolently over Maigret from head to foot; then he went to the bar and made himself a Tom Collins. “Do you want one too, my dear?” “I am thirsty.” “What about you, copper?” “No.” “As you like. It’s useless for you to show me your little yellow paper here. You’re well out of your territory.” “I could get a warrant to take evidence without any difficulty.” “But you won’t.” “Why not?” “Because you have nothing against me.” “Not even the Flea’s evidence?” “Have you

anyway.” “I haven’t done anything.” “I know you didn’t fire the shot, but I also know that when your brother phoned you in the middle of the night, you helped him to take Marcia’s body in your car and dump it on Avenue Junot.” “That’s a lie.” “Janvier! Bring in the person waiting next door.” “If it’s he…” “It is he, exactly. Come in, Justin. Sit down.” Janvier remained standing, as if keeping guard, while Lapointe, seated at the end of the desk, took the interrogation down in shorthand.

anyway.” “I haven’t done anything.” “I know you didn’t fire the shot, but I also know that when your brother phoned you in the middle of the night, you helped him to take Marcia’s body in your car and dump it on Avenue Junot.” “That’s a lie.” “Janvier! Bring in the person waiting next door.” “If it’s he…” “It is he, exactly. Come in, Justin. Sit down.” Janvier remained standing, as if keeping guard, while Lapointe, seated at the end of the desk, took the interrogation down in shorthand.

murdered by one of the Mori brothers.” “Is that all?” “That’s all. Do you know the Mori brothers, Manuel and Jo?” “We’ve been trying to catch them red-handed for two years. Up to now we haven’t been able to prove anything against them.” “I’m watching them too. They don’t live together. Manuel, the elder brother, has a bourgeois, even luxury apartment on Square La Bruyère.” A stone’s throw from the Sardine. “Jo, who is twenty-nine, has a suite in the Hôtel des Iles, on Avenue Trudaine. “But

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