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Someone has taken Maigret's favorite pipe, and he remembers that he'd left his office briefly while Mrs. Leroy and her son Joseph Leroy were there. The boy had done it! But the next morning Mrs. Leroy shows up again, to report, not that someone has been coming into the house in Charenton while she was out, as she had yesterday, but that Joseph has disappeared. Lucas tracks down Joseph's girlfriend, Mathilde, and a check on the people who had been lodgers at Leroy's shows that one, Stéphane Bleustein, a foreigner, had been killed. Maigret, Lucas and Mathilde go to an inn at Chelles, on the Marne, where Mathilde and Joseph had once gone. There Maigret finds a recently released criminal, Nicolas, and captures him when he tries to escape. Upstairs, Joseph had barricaded himself into his room in fear of Nicolas. Bleustein had stolen diamonds, and Nicolas had killed him after learning he'd hidden them at Leroy's. But he'd been imprisoned soon after, and when he got out, three months earlier, started searching the Leroy's house when no one was home. Joseph discovered the diamonds, but Nicolas showed up, and Joseph fled to Chelles, where Maigret saved him, recovered the diamonds, and got his favorite pipe back.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%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% 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?    -   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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