A young girl phones Maigret in the middle of the night begging for help. She's says she's been plied with booze and nearly seduced, and has fled in terror leaving her money behind. Maigret goes out and rescues her, putting her to bed overnight in an inexpensive hotel so she can sleep off her drunkenness.
The next day he's summoned to the Chief Commissioner's office. There's been a complaint from a VIP that Maigret picked up the bigwig's niece in a bar, promised to show her an arrest, took her from bar to bar, got her drunk and finally seduced her.
Maigret has been meticulously set up. The girl is just a pawn, of course, but who is the mastermind? And how will Maigret find out, since the Chief Commissioner forbids him to talk to the girl or investigate in any way? Maigret is on the wrong side of the law now.
I found it hard to believe that Maigret would fall into such a dumb trap, but his cleverness in tracking down the culprit more than makes up for it.
It's fascinating to observe Maigret's outrage and hurt feelings - and his fear that he's over the hill. Also, there's quite an interesting criminal for Maigret to trap in the end.
- Publisher: Harcourt (1 September 1981)
- Language: English, French
- ISBN-10: 0151555575
- ISBN-13: 978-0151555574
- Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 717 g
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