By Georges Simenon
Maigret’s longest-running case comprises twenty years of jewellery heists, a new release of conspiracy, and the revelation of a long-buried mystery from international battle II. “[Simenon might] flip the easiest of romans policiers right into a relocating and remarkable kind of art.” — the days (London) “[Maigret’s research] is a bittersweet elegy for the honor days of either thief and cop.” — Chicago Sun-Times
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Trains and extra trains, which we obtained out of to sleep at the ballast. girls wearing wounded infants. males with arm bands operating in each path, and the teach leaving back. ultimately, the explosion that gave the impression of the top of the realm. ” “How outdated have been you? ” “Four? a bit over or a bit less than? ” “Where does the identify Claes come from? ” “I consider it belonged to my family members. it seems that that’s what I stated. ” “And the Christian identify? ” “Mina. ” “Did you converse French? ” “No. simply Flemish. I’d by no means noticeable a city. ” “Can you consider the identify of your village? ” “No. yet why aren’t you speaking approximately my husband? ” “I will in time. the place did you meet the outdated guy? ” “I’m unsure. What occurred ahead of and simply after the explosion is particularly imprecise. i feel i used to be jogging besides anyone preserving my hand. ” Maigret took the receiver off the phone and requested for the city corridor in Douai. He was once hooked up instantly. “The Mayor is away,” stated the city clerk. He was once very stunned to listen to Maigret ask: “How previous are you? ” “Thirty-two. ” “And the Mayor? ” “Forty-three. ” “Who was once mayor while the Germans arrived in 1940? ” “Dr. Nobel. He remained mayor for ten years after the warfare. ” “Is he lifeless? ” “No. even with his age, he nonetheless practices in his previous condominium at the Grand-Place. ” 3 mins later Maigret had Dr. Nobel at the line, and Madame Barillard listened in amazement. “Excuse me, health practitioner. this is often Superintendent Maigret from the Police Judiciaire. It’s no longer approximately one in all your sufferers, yet an previous tale that may solid a mild on a few fresh occasions. It used to be the station of Douai, wasn’t it, which used to be bombed in huge sunlight in 1940 whereas a number of refugee trains have been there and hundreds of thousands of alternative refugees have been ready? ” Nobel had now not forgotten what were the development of his lifestyles. “I used to be there, Superintendent. It’s the main appalling recollection a guy may have. All was once quiet. The reception committee was once giving meals to the Belgian and French refugees whose trains have been going south. “The ladies with infants have been collected within the firstclass ready room, the place bottles and fresh outfits have been allotted. approximately ten nurses have been at paintings. “As a rule, no one was once allowed to depart the educate, however the refreshments proved too tempting. anyways, there have been humans all over. “And unexpectedly, simply because the sirens all started shrieking, the station shook, the glass roof broke, humans screamed, and it was once most unlikely to gain what used to be occurring. “It remains to be now not identified what number bombs there have been. “The scene was once as ghastly outdoors as in, through the station and at the structures: mutilated our bodies, palms, legs, wounded individuals with crazed eyes speeding round gripping their chests or their stomachs. “I used to be fortunate sufficient to not be hit and that i attempted to show the ready rooms into first-aid stations. We didn’t have sufficient ambulances or beds within the hospitals for the entire wounded. “I played emergency operations immediate, in worse than precarious stipulations. ” “You most likely don’t have in mind a tall, skinny guy, a Fleming, who should have had his face reduce correct open, and who remained deaf and dumb?