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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I've got already given you the explanation. a freelance may have obliged us to attract up a stability sheet of our respective estate. ” “Therefore, the joint possession had no lifestyles in fact? ” “We each one endured to hold regulate of our personal affairs. ” And didn’t all this appear fairly average? “Was your spouse filthy rich? ” “She is prosperous. ” “As filthy rich as you're, or wealthier? ” “About a similar. ” “Does she have all of her funds in France? ” “Only a part of it. From her father, she inherited stocks in a cheese manufacturing unit within the Netherlands. ” “In what shape did she hold her different resources? ” “Mainly in gold. ” “Even ahead of she met you? ” “I see what you’re getting at. however, i'll let you know the reality. It was once I who suggested her to promote her securities and to shop for gold. ” “This gold used to be saved, with yours, on your secure? ” “It was. ” “Until while? ” “Tuesday. firstly of the afternoon, whilst she was once approximately complete packing, she got here downstairs, and that i gave her what belonged to her. ” “Then, whilst she left, it was once in a single of the 2 suitcases or within the trunk? ” “I feel so. ” “She didn’t exit earlier than dinner? ” “I didn’t listen her exit. ” “So, on your wisdom, she didn’t exit? ” He nodded in affirmation. “Did she cell in any respect? ” “The purely mobilephone in the home is in my research, and he or she didn't use it. ” “How am I to understand, Monsieur Serre, that the money i discovered within the secure is yours on my own, and never yours and your wife’s? ” with no emotion, nonetheless preserving an expression of weariness or disdain, the dentist took from his pocket a eco-friendly computer, which he passed to the manager Inspector. Its pages have been coated with tiny figures. these at the left-hand part have been headed with the preliminary O; these at the correct with the preliminary M. “What does O stand for? ” “Ours. I suggest my mom and me. We’ve continually shared every thing, with no making any contrast among what's hers and what's mine. ” “The M, i assume, stands for Maria? ” “That is right. ” “I see a definite determine that happens at standard durations. ” “Her proportion of the loved ones charges. ” “Every month she paid you for her mattress and board? ” “If you're keen on. truly, she didn’t pay me any cash, since it was once within the secure, yet her account was once debited with the quantity. ” Maigret leafed in the course of the laptop for a couple of minutes with no conversing. Then he acquired up and went into the room round the corner, the place, like schoolboys, the inspectors instantly pretended to be busy. He gave directions to Janvier in a low voice. Hesitating approximately no matter if he must have beer despatched up, he swallowed, with out considering, what was once left in a pitcher on Vacher’s table. while he back, Serre, who had now not moved from his chair, now lit one in every of his lengthy cigars and murmured, now not with out insolence: “Do you brain? ” Maigret, unwilling to assert sure, shrugged. “You have considered this moment windowpane, Monsieur Serre? ” “I haven’t troubled to. ” “You’re incorrect. it'd be far better in case you may possibly locate a few moderate clarification. ” “I’m now not searching for one.

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