'There was amusement in Ducrau's eyes. In the inspector's too. They stood looking at each other with the same stifled mirth which was full of unspoken thoughts, perhaps of defiance and maybe too of an odd respect.'
A man hauled out of the Charebnton canal one night; a girl wandering, confused, in a white nightdress ... these events draw Maigret into the world of the charismatic self-made businessman Ducrau, and the misdeeds of his past.
Read, enjoyed, upto a point, not totally understood, move on, next.
Ok, plenty of atmosphere, plenty of mood, there's a death, a near death, and more death in Canal land. Maigret gets close to businessman Ducarau, who has just lost his son to suicide (one of the above). Ducrau seems to despicse his family and all those close to him. There's a game of mental chess with Maigret, before a resolution.
My second time with Simenon and Maigret. I enjoyed my previous encounter more - Maigret's Dead Man but I'll be back for more.
3 from 5
Read - May, 2021
Published - 1933
Page count - 176
Source - Leighton Buzzard library
Format - Paperback