|Plot Summary of At the Gai Moulin|
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?
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of At the Gai Moulin|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
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
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Super genius
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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