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163 pages, Paperback
First published May 1, 1931
"Good Lord! Is this the way you search for someone?" she snapped, turning to Maigret. "I'm told you're from the police. My husband may have been killed.... What are you waiting for?"Superintendent Maigret of Flying Squad #1 is a large man who sucks the air out of whatever room he enters. He is also cerebral to the nth degree. We don't always see what the man is thinking, and the fun is in waiting for the case to come clear.
The heavy gaze that he turned on her was a hundred percent Maigret. Utterly calm. Utterly indifferent. As though he had just heard a fly buzzing. As though he were looking at some completely commonplace object.
"... a man who has spent his life in servitude to family, work, society, suddenly lays down his burden -- 'Lord, how tired he was now!' -- and determines to live for the moment, and for himself, in full acceptance of the existential peril his decision will expose him to.".