By Georges Simenon
«La toute première prise de touch entre le commissaire Maigret et le mort, avec qui il allait vivre des semaines durant dans l. a. plus déroutante des intimités, eut lieu le 21 juin 1930 en des circonstances à l. a. fois banales, pénibles et inoubliables.
Inoubliables surtout parce que, depuis une semaine, los angeles Police judiciaire recevait observe sur word annonçant le passage à Paris du roi d'Espagne pour le 21 et rappelant les mesures à prendre en pareil cas.
Or, le directeur de los angeles P.J. était à Prague, où il assistait à un congrès de police scientifique. Le sous-directeur avait été appelé dans sa villa de l. a. côte normande par l. a. maladie d'un de ses gosses.
Maigret était le plus ancien des commissaires et devait s'occuper de tout, par une chaleur suffocante[...]»
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