Maigret's Rival - Inspector Maigret Author:Georges Simenon, Helen Thomson (Translator) At the insistence of a friend, Maigret leaves Paris for a provincial village where the friend's brother-in-law is entangled in a scandal. The arrival of a former colleague, the cashiered Inspector Cavre (known as "Cadaver"), as a private investigator and the unexpected element of murder complicate his task almost as much as the fac... more »t that he is working unofficially. This is a Maigret forced to rely on pure wit and deprived of the familiarity of his beloved Paris and the power of his official position.« less
From 1943: Maigret travels to a small provincial village to investigate the death of a young man.
Here's my favorite line from the book:
"He, too, was afraid of being alone with the Superintendent. He looked around at the armchairs in the room, as if to reproach them for being empty".