Large Print Edition. Hardcover binding is firm and hinges are not cracked or damaged. Pages are tight and clean. Boards and DJ have light shelfwear and rubbing. Library discard with usual marks and attachments. Pocket and ffep removed. DJ protected with mylar. Translated from the French by Eileen Ellenbogen. 284 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1976. ISBN: 0816164002. A man has been stabbed in a blind alley. It appears a humdrum crime, the result of a drunken brawl. But it is Monday and such stabbings rarely occur on Mondays, and Maigret is struck by one salient fact: all who knew the dead man saw him sitting on one of the Paris boulevard benches. As Simenon readers know, the true culprit may not be the murderer but often is some innocent who provoked the situation.