|Plot Summary of The Patience of Maigret |
Only 10 days after the arrest of the dentist in the Rue des Acacias, Maigret finds himself there again, this time investigating the murder of Manuel Palmari, a criminal Maigret had known for 20 years, and who he suspected to be behind the string of jewel robberies over that period. Palmari's mistress Aline was out shopping at the time, with a police tail. Maigret interviews almost all the tenants of the building, then goes to the Palmari's Clou Doré restaurant with Lapointe, and talks to the new owner, manager and headwaiter, Jean-Loup Pernelle, who tells Maigret of a hotel Palmari owned. While there he notices a certain Mr. Louis, and he leaves Lapointe to watch him.
After Maigret leaves, Mr. Louis makes a phone call, and Lapointe sees most of the number. A check reveals that it's to the tenant opposite Manuel Palmari's apartment, Fernand Barillard. Maigret goes to the hotel, learns it is owned by Aline, and that she met Barillard there. Maigret goes to visit him, and tells him he knows he and Aline are behind the crime, then goes and tells Aline the same thing.
Later, while talking to someone in the diamond district, Maigret realizes the significance of the deaf-mute in the attic, Jef Claes. He rushes back to the building, but he is too late: Jef has been hanged in the basement shop, belonging to Barillard. Barillard's wife, the former Mina Claes, had been Jef's adopted granddaughter, from when they were bombed in Douai during the war. Barillard had enlisted him as the gang's diamond cutter. Maigret arrests Barillard and Aline, allowing them to meet at the Quai Des Orfevres where they attack each other.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of The Patience of Maigret |
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
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?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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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