Maigret and the Burglar's Wife Author:Georges Simenon The police knew him as "Sad Freddie." The newspapers tagged him "the burglar on a bike." Once he had worked for a safe-manufacturing firm. Now he was in business for himself, cracking the safes he had once installed. — Tuesday night's job was to be his last. Then he and his wife would buy a place in the country. It was to have been a routine... more » job, but on his way to the safe in a house in Neuilly, Freddie stumbled across something that was altogether out of his line: a dead woman, her chest covered with blood, holding a telephone in her hand.
When Maigret is called in, he finds that the house belongs to an overweight dentist and his elegant, ancient mother. After an exhaustive search, a psychological duel, a marathon interrogation, and innumerable glasses of Pernod, wine, cold beer, and brandy - a sure sign that this is no easy case - the famous French sleuth triumphs.« less