Mme Emilienne Clark, wife of an American businessman, is found dead in a hotel locker. What was she doing in the basement so early in the morning? Did she have secrets? Did she know any of the Hotel Majestic staff? Answering these questions sets Maigret to unraveling a complex web of relationships. That unraveling doesn't go quite right, according to the magistrate, but Maigret continues to make the case his way.
Good character study and fine performances by all concerned make for a more-than-solid entry in the series. Special mention must be given to Jerome Deschamps as the sadly misnamed Prosper. Maigret bumps heads with other investigators and with the victim's widower. Yet he presses calmly on until the moment his nerves need settling and it's a suspect that catches the brunt.
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