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When Mrs. Maigret noticed a man sitting across from their flat in the Place des Vosges every day, Maigret took to kidding her about him, calling him "her secret admirer". She noticed that when he was there, there was usually a young blonde governess on an opposite bench. One day Maigret is surprised to see the man there while he is at home, seemingly asleep. At closing time of the park, the man still hasn't moved, and Maigret goes down and discovers he's been shot dead. Maigret has Mrs. Maigret scout the neighborhood for gossip, and he learns that the blonde girl was Rita, a maid at Boris Krofta's. The concierge there says she hadn't seen Rita come out. Mrs. Maigret reports that Rita doesn't seem to have been a real maid, and Maigret goes to the Krofta's to discover they've just reported Rita missing, along with their jewels.
No information is available from records about the man, about 28, who'd been dressed as an older man. Maigret realizes that Rita might be alive and still in the house, so he returns with a search warrant, to discover Mrs. Maigret in a flat next to the one a piano was delivered to, talking to a neighbor. Maigret opens the piano case to discover Rita, but a call from his Chief comes in saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared hands off. Lucien, who rented the apartment, had worked for Krofka, killed Rita's accomplice when they'd discovered them spying on them. Krofta is himself a spy, and it is now a matter for Intelligence.
This report prepared by Dana Samson








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% 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?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   terrorism/spies 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

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

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

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