By Georges Simenon
It's 4 o'clock within the morning and out of the rain-slick cobbled streets of Montmartre looks a garishly dressed younger girl. Her lipstick is smudged and her gait is unsteady, yet there is not any mistaking her striking attract. on the police station within the rue de los angeles Rochefoucauld she insists that she has details of bad urgency - then denies it an hour later. It takes brutal stranglings and a stunning corpse to steer Maigret, assisted by means of a lovelorn detective, into an all-too-familiar underworld the place he strains a determined eroticism to its inevitable end.
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No,” he acknowledged ultimately. He used to be mendacity. That was once the very first thing Maigret came across on arriving on the Quai des Orfèvres subsequent morning (he used to be past due and ignored the report). the ambience within the Inspectors’ workplace used to be full of life. Maigret all started by means of telephoning to the manager, to make an apology and to claim that he might come alongside once he had heard what his males needed to say. whilst he rang, Janvier and younger Lapointe got here hurrying to his door in a neck-and-neck race. “Janvier first,” he made up our minds. “I’ll name you now, Lapointe. ” Janvier seemed as knocked-up as Maigret himself, and had evidently spent a part of the evening within the streets. “I was once fairly watching for you to seem in on me at Picratt’s. ” “I intended to. however the farther I went, the busier I bought. actually I haven’t been to mattress in any respect. ” “Found Oscar? ” Janvier took from his pocket a paper lined with notes. “I don’t understand. I don’t imagine so. I known as at essentially each small inn among the Rue Châteaudun and the Montmartre boulevards, and confirmed the girl’s picture in them all. many of the owners pretended to not realize her, or attempted to stay clear of the query. ” “And the outcome? ” “She was once identified at at the least ten of those resorts. ” “Did you are attempting to determine even if she’d usually been there with an analogous guy? ” “That was once the purpose I driven toughest of all. it appears she hadn’t. It was once often approximately 4 or 5 o’clock within the morning while she became up, and the lads she introduced have been good loaded—probably consumers from Picratt’s. ” “Used she to stick lengthy with them? ” “Never greater than an hour or . ” “Did you find no matter if she took funds from them? ” “When I requested that, the hotel-keepers checked out me as if i used to be cracked. She went two times to the Moderne with a greasy-haired younger guy who was once sporting a saxophone case. ” “That’d be Jean-Jean, the musician from the evening membership. ” “Perhaps. final time was once a couple of fortnight in the past. you recognize the Hôtel du Berry, within the Rue Blanche? It’s now not faraway from Picratt’s or from the Rue Notre-Dame de Lorette. She went there frequently. The proprietress used to be very talkative, simply because she’s already had difficulty with us approximately women who have been less than age, and needs to place herself correct. Arlette got here there a couple of weeks in the past with a quick, broad-shouldered guy whose hair used to be going gray on the temples. ” “Didn’t the proprietress be aware of him? ” “She suggestion she’d visible him approximately, yet she didn’t be aware of who he used to be. She makes out he has to be a Montmartre guy. They stayed of their room until eventually 9 within the night. That struck her rather, simply because Arlette not often used to return throughout the day or the night, and customarily went away back nearly right away. ” “Get carry of a photograph of Fred Alfonsi and express her that. ” Janvier, who had no longer met the owner of Picratt’s, frowned at this identify. “If it was once him, Arlette met him in other places besides. Wait a minute whereas i glance up my checklist. on the Hôtel Lepic, within the Rue Lepic. It used to be a guy I observed there—a fellow who’s misplaced one leg and spends the evening analyzing novels; says he can’t sleep simply because his leg hurts him.