By Georges Simenon
When a Paris musician witnesses an altercation which can were a homicide, the younger Maigret turns into embroiled in his first case. The thirty-first publication within the new Penguin Maigret series.
A musician jogging domestic alongside the Rue Chaptal within the early hours of the morning sees a panic-stricken girl demand aid from an upstairs window; moments later he hears a gun shot. He attempts to visit her information, pushing earlier the fellow who opens the door upon his frantic knocking, yet he reveals himself approximately ejected from the premises. Undeterred, he heads for the closest police station and urges Maigret to come back with him and discover what has taken position. With this look at the guy he as soon as used to be and the way he turned the insightful inspector we have now a few to understand, Simenon deals new insights into the brilliance of Maigret.
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Maigret's First Case by Georges Simenon