|Plot Summary of Maigret's Pickpocket |
Riding to work on an open bus, Maigret has his pocket picked, his wallet, including his badge, stolen. He'd seen the young man, but he couldn't give chase. The next day he receives his wallet and all the contents in the mail, and a few minutes later a phone call from the thief, François Ricain, who arranges to meet Maigret near his home. Ricain, terribly agitated, takes Maigret to his apartment on the Rue Saint-Charles, and shows Maigret the body of his wife, Sophie Ricain, dead of a gunshot to the head. Ricain claims it happened while he was out trying to get money for the rent, and that he's been in a panic since, and thought Maigret might believe him. Maigret questions him, and goes to the Old Wine Press, a restaurant where Ricain and his friends related to the movie business gather.
Maigret questions Walter Carus, the producer, richest of the set, as well as his strange mistress Nora. Eventually, returning to Ricain's apartment, Maigret notices Jacques Huguet, the photographer of the group, in his window overlooking the courtyard, and on questioning him, learns that he had seen Ricain leave his apartment that night, and that shortly after Huguet and gone to call on Sophie but there had been no answer. The murder had been by Ricain, who had thought up the pickpocket ploy to throw Maigret off the track. Maigret and Huguet rush to Ricain's apartment, where they find him with his wrists cut, in the bath, but they arrive in time for him to be saved for arrest.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of Maigret's Pickpocket |
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- theft/fraud investigation
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Super genius
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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