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An early story, lacking the polish of later ones, but a good enough one that takes the reader on an intriguing journey.
on 2 March 2014
In this story, the character of Maigret is almost complete: a largely solitary figure with a few close coleagues - in this novella it is Lucas - doggedly determined and inveterately curious. It is a mixture or coincidence and curiosity that leads him into this story: the erratic actions of a man who, for no understandable reason, commits suicide because he loses his suitcase in which there is nothing more than a dishevelled suit that could not belong to him. A mysterious businessman who visits the body in the morgue only stimulates Maigret's curiosity and here begins a story that takes the detective from Paris to Bremen and back and thence to Liege. This is a story in which seemingly respectable citizens will do everthing they can to obstruct and obfuscate the detectives search for an answer to his question as to why a man will leave his wife and child, travel from France to Germany, buy a meal he doesn't eat and carry a suitcase with clothes he doesn't own and then, take his own life, when he loses them. Maigret, both witness and protagonist in this event, must search for an answer.