At the Gai Moulin Book Summary and Study Guide

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One day, two young boys in Liege decide to rob the Gai Moulin, after it closes. They manage to sneak in but, inside, they see the body of a man, the Greek that has been there earlier and they run away, or at least this is what they pretend to have done. The next day, the body is found staffed in a wicker basket at the zoo. The boys are arrested, but a mysterious Frenchman seems to be connected to all this affair. In fact, this stranger is none other that the famous commissar Maigret who had been following the deceased Greek, Ephraim Graphopoulos, a well known con man from Paris. The boys are released and they made believe that Maigret is the one arrested for murder. The inspector thinks that, this way, the real killer will forget his vigilance and give himself away. The research reaches an unexpected point when it is discovered that the reason of the murder was robbery and, more strange, the the murder was actually committed some time later that the hour the two boys declared having seen him dead and not at Gai Moulin, but in his hotel room. Did the boys lie or they were just deceived themselves too, but, above all what is the meaning of this set-up and how was it conceived?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   theft/fraud investigation Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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