Maigret and the Loner / Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard
Maigret and the Loner / Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard Author:Georges Simenon Maigret and the Loner (Inspector Maigret, Bk 73) — An apparently elderly vagrant, who turns out to be closer to 55, is shot to death in a condemned building where he was sleeping in Les Halles. He was Marcel Vivien, a man who twenty years earlier had been a married cabinetmaker, with an 8-year-old daugther. He'd wit... more »hdrawn all his money from the bank one day and left his family without a word, having fallen in love with a 20-year old girl, Nina Lassave. When 6 months later he found she was deceiving him, he strangled her in a fit of rage. Due to insufficient evidence, no arrests were made. The other man, Louis Mahossier, had seen him leave the scene, and knew he had killed her. Twenty years pass, with Marcel Vivien living the life of a taciturn vagrant, when Mahossier stumbles across him by accident, and kills him as he had vowed he would. From a beginning with the murder of a nameless vagrant, Maigret puts together the pieces of the puzzle in under a week, helped by an anonymous caller and the memories of various elderly people in Montmartre.
Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard (aka Maigret and the Man on the Bench) (Inspector Maigret, Bk 41)
When Louis Thouret is found stabbed to death in an alley off Boulevard Saint-Martin, his identity card shows a workplace, Kaplan et Zanin, that had go out of business three years earlier. As far as his wife, Emilie Thouret, knew, he still worked there, and she insisted that the shoes and a tie he was wearing when he was killed "couldn't be his". It soon becomes evident that although he had a source of income, he spent most of his time sitting on a bench in the neighborhood, often with the same unknown man; a search uncovers the room he rented and used as his "den". His daughter, Monique Thouret, had a young boyfriend, Albert Jorisse, who has disappeared, and Thouret had a girlfriend, Antoinette Machère, a woman who'd worked for a while at his company, the widow of a policeman.
Finally his bench companion, Fred the Clown, is found, and admits to doing a series of daytime burglaries which Thouret had, in a sense, masterminded. His daughter, Monique, had discovered his secret, or at least that his former job had disappeared, and with her boyfriend Albert, had been extorting money from him to keep the secret from his wife, with the two of them planning to elope. Maigret eventually realizes that the murder was committed by someone connected to the boarding house, and finally Marco, the boyfriend of Mariette Gibon, the owner, is arrested. He had stolen the money from Thouret's room, and killed him to cover up the theft.« less