By Georges Simenon
Set within the oppressively squalid streets of Paris, A Man's Head gains Simenon's famed detective as he tracks a killer at the run, whereas the writer's sharp prose inspires the ambience of Parisian luxurious lodges, seedy bars, and darkish alleys.
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49 THE SPECULATION T he next morning Barlach awoke, as was to be ex pected, around twelve, shortly before lunch was served. His head was a little bit heavy, but otherwise he felt better than he had for a long time, and thought that every once in a while there was nothing like a good swig of schnapps, especially when you are bedridden and not supposed to drink. On his table was the mail; Lutz had sent the report on Nehle. Nowadays the organization of the police was really beyond reproach, particularly if you were going to retire, as was the case with him day after tomorrow, thank God.
N ow the phone rang and interrupted their conversation. Barlach picked it up and listened intently. After a while he said, “That’s good enough, send me the ma terial,” and hung up. “Nehle’s dead,” he explained. ” Hungertobel exclaimed. ” “ She certainly didn’t like it at noon,” Barlach said. ” asked the doctor. “ In forty-five, on the tenth of August. ” Barlach blinked at the smoke clouds which Hunger tobel delightedly puffed in rings and spirals. Nothing was as resistant to going up in smoke as suspicion, because nothing kept materializing again as quickly, he answered finally.
The doctor answered that he could bring it to him tomorrow. “So this is the story,” the Commissioner went on thoughtfully. ” 29 THE Q U A R R Y “Dreams don’t lie,” replied Barlach. “Dreams lie most of all,” said Hungertobel. ” And he rose from his chair. Barlach gave him his hand. ” Hungertobel laughed. “A ruptured groin, Hans. I like that better even though it is more difficult. But you must rest now. ” 30 GULLIVER B ut around midnight the old man awakened when a soft noise came from the window and the cold night air rushed in.
A Man's Head (Inspector Maigret, Book 5) by Georges Simenon