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It occurs with us too yet much less actually because there are fewer folks. ” Catroux gave a teasing smile. “Is that what you're thinking that? ” “Perhaps additionally simply because we aren't concerned with such a lot of issues. Let’s placed it this manner, the temptation is much less robust. We racked our brains simply now, yet shall we give some thought to just a couple of names. ” “Which names? ” “Baudelin, Falconet, Valencourt, Fischer…” “Is that each one? ” “More or much less. i assumed it might be larger to return and notice you. they don't seem to be what I’m trying to find. i need the lads who've long past to the undesirable. ” “Someone like Labat? ” used to be it no longer unusual that Catroux must have pointed out this actual identify? He may nearly have performed it on function, as a fashion of slipping Maigret a few details. “I did reflect on him. He’s most likely combined up in all of it correct. yet he’s no longer the only I’m trying to find. ” “You’ve bought a particular identify in brain? ” “A identify and a face. i began off with an outline, and from the start it jogged my memory of somebody. considering the fact that then…” “What is the outline? We’ll get on extra fast than if I provide you with a complete record. specially considering the fact that I haven’t acquired all of the names in my head, both. ” “First of all, humans took him to be a policeman right now. ” “This may perhaps observe to a lot of individuals. ” “Middle-aged. a bit stouter than typical yet now not as stout as i'm. ” Catroux appeared to be estimating the dimensions of his buddy. “Either I’m tremendously fallacious, or he's making inquiries on his personal behalf or for somebody else. ” “A inner most investigator? ” “Perhaps. He won’t unavoidably have positioned his identify on an workplace door, or marketed within the papers. ” “There are lots of them, together with plenty of outdated, completely good males, who've reached the age restrict after which opened an organization. Louis Canange, for instance. And Cadet, who used to be my leader. ” “We have a few of these, too. I suggest the opposite sort. ” “What else is on your description? ” “He smokes cigars. ” instantly Maigret learned that his pal had considered a reputation. His brow wrinkled. He seemed distressed. “It skill anything to you? ” “Yes. ” “Who? ” “A undesirable one. ” “That’s what I’m trying to find. ” “A undesirable one in a small manner, yet harmful. ” “Why? ” “Firstly, that sort of individual is usually harmful. moreover, he’s believed to perform a little politicians’ soiled paintings. ” “It suits completely. ” “You imagine he’s combined up during this enterprise? ” “If he solutions to the outline I’ve given you, if he smokes cigars and meddles in politics there’s each probability he’s my guy. You don’t wish to…” all of sudden Maigret may possibly see a face ahead of him, a slightly huge face, baggage below the eyes, thick lips pulled off form by means of cigar smoking. “Wait… It’s coming again to me. It’s…” yet he nonetheless couldn't get the identify. “Benoît,” caused Catroux, “Eugène Benoît. He’s opened a small inner most workplace on street Saint-Martin, at the flooring flooring over a watchmaker. His identify is at the glass door. i feel the door is extra frequently locked than open; the total employees of the enterprise includes himself. ” It used to be the guy whom the Superintendent were attempting to take note for the prior twenty-four hours.

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