By Agatha Christie
One of the towering purple cliffs and the traditional ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the harsh and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton relatives. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the single signal of the deadly injection that killed her. With in basic terms twenty-four hours to unravel the secret, Hercule Poirot recollects a comment he overheard again in Jerusalem: "You do see, don't you, that she's bought to be killed?" Mrs. Boynton used to be, certainly, the main detestable lady he had ever met.
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Je suis également célèbre, vous savez? Enfin, plus ou moins. Et dans un autre domaine évidemment” (Enquêtes, 1: 742). Without the last sentence, reminding us that it is Burma the detective who is speaking, the voice could almost be that of Malet himself, frustrated by his relative anonymity compared to the fame of his own creation or of established writers such as Simenon and Breton. He wants to make sure that he is also remembered. But in the same novel, he takes a swipe at writers who think themselves too important: “La vie est certainement plus compliquée et fertile en péripéties que tout ce que vous pouvez accumuler dans vos livres, disje.
The author weights all the chances in the detective’s favour”. In Potboilers: Methods, Concepts, and Case Studies in Popular Fiction (London; New York: Routledge, 1991) 131. 64 Caillois 35. 65 Caillois 47. Expanding Boundaries 37 seulement à ne rien laisser en suspens ou dans le vague. ” Malet brings the irreverent hardboiled style to a French setting, creating a series that is far from cold and sterile. His witty characters are faced with the fallout of the occupation and must find the compassion to help out those who are on the societal fringe.
Included in Boulevard . . Ossements is a reference to the skeleton of a one-legged dancer, “l’unijambiste,” that was sold by a merchant at the Salle des ventes, on the rue Drouot, as well as to other bones disposed of in a questionable manner. Cassepipe à la Nation is set at the annual Foire du Trône, which used to take place at Nation, a round-about in the twelfth arrondissement, but has since moved to a larger location in the Bois de Vincennes. A “cassepipe” is slang for “une action ou situation très dangereuse, surtout en parlant de la guerre,” but “pipe” can also mean “visage ou tête,” which connects to two pivotal ferris-wheel accidents discussed in the novel: one girl is pushed off the ride and becomes paralyzed from the neck down; the following year the suspect gets into an altercation with Burma, falls off the ride, and is disfigured beyond recognition before he hits the ground, dying instantly.