Inspector Maigret Deduces Book Summary and Study Guide

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Inspector Maigret is called one morning by his nephew, Paul Vinchon, inspector at the Belgian border at Jeaumont who asks for his help in a complicated murder case: the killing of Otto Braun, a Jewish banker from Stuttgart. Until Maigret gets there, a man carying a large sum of money in securities is arrested and brought to Jeaumont. He tried to run away from the train. Maigret questions the other passengers to find out more about his seating arrangement in the cabin.
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The situation gets more complicated as a woman, Lena Leinbach appears and the scene. Thus, the inspector finds out that Otto Braun had been fleeing Germany with as much money as he could carry, as the National Socialists had taken over. Braun had given Lena the money and supplied her with a luggage with a false bottom so that she could pass the money at the border check. The question is now: did the woman have a part in revealing the German's secret and having him killed or was she innocent?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen 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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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