A man leaps from a moving train en route to Strasbourg. Maigret follows, but twists his ankle in the process and is laid up in St. Clotilde. Hearing of an attempted murder similar to a killing seven years ago, Maigret decides to stay in town and solve the case.
Understated compared to American fare, there is nonetheless intrigue as Maigret probes the secrets and entanglements of the town's "Four Aces": doctor, lawyer, police chief, and mayor. But despite a promising beginning and middle, the ending (executed in classic suspects-in-the-drawing-room style), rather flops. The cast is up to the task, but the script demands too little of them.
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