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Joseph Gastin, a schoolmaster from Saint-André-sur-Mer, near La Rochelle, has been waiting for Maigret. The ex-postmistress of his little town, Léonie Birard, had been killed, shot in the eye with a 22 gun from some distance, as she looked out the window of her house. Gastin, regarded as an outsider in the village, is sure that he is regarded as the prime suspect. Maigret calls Lieutenant Daniélou and tells him he'll bring Gastin back, and learns from him of new evidence: one of the boys in Gastin's class, Marcel Sellier, has testified that he'd seen the teacher coming from the tool shed at the time the murder took place, and there was a 22 in the shed, belonging to Jean-Paul Gastin, his son. Gastin denied having gone to the shed. Arriving in Saint-André, Maigret checks into the inn, the Bon Coin, where he is surprised to discover that the maid & cook, Thérèse, is a woman he'd once met in his office in Paris.
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Gastin is brought to the jail in La Rochelle. Maigret gets the feel of the town, and interviews the boy, Sellier, the son of the local policeman, who sticks to his story. No one is helpful, but on the day of Léonie's funeral, Maigret finally gets a chance for a private talk with Jean-Paul, who tells him that Marcel had lied, that he'd been at the other window, and therefore couldn't have seen anyone coming out of the toolshed. Besides, he'd seen his father go to the house for coffee, and come back. Realizing that Marcel is protecting someone, Maigret goes to the house of Joseph Rateau, son of the butcher, Marcellin Rateau. He'd been laid up with a broken leg, and his window was visible from both the school window and Léonie 's. Maigret gets him to confess that it was his father who'd shot her, with an unlucky shot. She'd been hated by everyone in town, and had taunted them all.

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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?    -   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% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town 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?    -   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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