By Georges Simenon

Ceux du Grand-Café est une nouvelle de Georges Simenon, publiée en 1938. Elle fait partie de l. a. série des Maigret.
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La nouvelle est écrite à Neuilly pendant l'hiver 1937-1938 ou à Porquerolles en mars 1938. Elle connaît une première ebook lors d'une édition pré-originale dans l'hebdomadaire Police-Film, no sixteen du 12 août 1938.

Elle est éditée pour l. a. première fois dans le tome IX des Éditions Rencontre en 1967.

Résumé
Maigret, à l. a. retraite dans sa maison de Meung-sur-Loire, est un peu désœuvré. Pour occuper ses journées, il prend l'habitude de jouer aux cartes avec les habitués du Grand-Café. L'ex-commissaire s'enlise dans sa vie de rentier, jusqu'au jour où un drame bouleverse l. a. petite ville: un des partenaires de jeu est retrouvé au volant de sa camionnette, une balle dans l. a. poitrine.

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They gave off a bright flame, just looking at them made you feel warm. Opposite the sergeant, in a comfortable leather armchair, was Münch, his right leg crossed over his left. Studer had adopted his favourite posture, elbows on his splayed thighs, hands clasped, and was staring at the fire. Two of the walls were covered in shelves, and as the sergeant let the lecture flow over him, he ran his eye along the spines of the books from a distance. Among them he found old friends: Gross, Handbook for Examining Magistrates, books by Locard, Lombrosos Rhodes, and two shelves were filled with crime novels: Agatha Christie, Anthony Berkeley, Simenon .

But sit down, sit down. You’re going round and round the room like a . ” “Sorry. Pardon. ” The old man called out, “Huldi! ” He couldn’t leave the girl in peace. Once she’d brought the glass, she had to look sharp and bring a half carafe of wine. The innkeeper clinked glasses with the sergeant and wished him “Your good health”, but his whole behaviour seemed put on. Brönnimann never looked the sergeant in the eye; he kept his gaze on the floor. The old man breathed heavily, panting and wheezing all the time, and when he talked, he kept being interrupted by fits of coughing.

In the first place: was it meant seriously? Probably not, otherwise the “marksman” would presumably not have used a dialect word like rösti. You’d scarcely write, “Keep your fingers off our fried potatoes” to someone you intended to shoot. On the other hand, perhaps the form was intended to lull the recipient into a false sense of security . .? Note to self: better keep a good lookout. 33 A stowaway The mist was probably the reason why twilight fell so swiftly over the countryside. Studer switched the light on and drew the curtains.

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