The Count Hans von Farnheim estate in Nice was called the Oasis.
Oats, Spencer. American criminologist from the Institute of Criminology of Philadelphia, who wanted to observe M's methods. Tall, scholarly-looking man with red hair and a thin face. Asked M what he thought about the pathology of murderers. M answered, "Before, or after?" [1940-CEC]
Obelisk. [The obelisk, from the ruins of the Temple at Luxor, was given to Charles X in 1829 by Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt. It reached Paris in 1833, in the reign of Louis-Philippe. Pink granite, 3,300 years old, covered with hieroglyphics. 23m (75 feet) tall, more than 220 tons. The pyrimidal top was regilded in the 1990s as it was originally.]
M felt something was wrong. The Place de la Concorde was too vast, too cool, too airy, with its white Obelisk at the center. [1947-MOR]
O'Brien, Michael. Michael O'Brien smiled as the proprietess offered them coq au vin with a genuine Beaujolais. Big, wooly-haired (or perhaps, "gentle": "à tê:te de mouton", red-headed man, 46. [1946-NEW]
occupation. Auguste Point was one of those deputies elected after the war for their personal qualities and their conduct during the occupation.... Everyone was surprised when, a few weeks before the German retreat they arrested Auguste Point, and took him to Niort, then somewhere in Alsace. They caught three of four others at the same time, one a surgeon from Bressuire. Throughout the war Point had hidden British agents and pilots escaped from German camps in the farm he owned near La Roche-sur-Yon. [1954-MIN]
Octave Fallut. see: Fallut, Octave
Octave Le Cloaguen. see: Le Cloaguen, Octave
Odéon, Place de l'. [Paris. 6e, Luxembourg. from Rue de l'Odéon to Rue Racine]
Mace, from Figaro, had managed to follow the taxi. Lamblin and Ginette Meurant had gone to a seafood restaurant on Place de l'Odéon specializing in bouillabaisse.
Odessa. [City, capital of Odessa Oblast, S Ukranian SSR, USSR, 25 mi NE of the mouth of the Dneister on Odessa Bay. pop. 1970: 892,000.]
Between Budapest and Odessa, between Tallinn and Constinatinople, there were large tracts of country where the population was too dense. In particular there were hundred of thousands of hungry Jews whose only ambition was to seek a better existence in some other land. [1932-FOU]
Odette Bellamy. see: Bellamy, Odette
Odette Delaveau. see: Delaveau, Odette
Odette Heurtin. see: Heurtin, Odette
Shortly before 9, at the Police Judiciaire, the office boy told M there'd been a call. On M's desk was a note that the assistant lock-keeper at Charenton had been found hanging from the upper lock-gate. [1933-ECL]
Official Handbook to Inland Navigation. The lock-keeper had lent M a copy of the Official Handbook to Inland Navigation [Guide officiel de la Navigation intérieure] where obscure places like Dizy took on importance. [1930-PRO]
Ohio. Mortimer-Levingston was born on a farm in Ohio, began his career selling bootlaces in San Francisco. [1929-30-LET]
Oise. [river, N France, 188 mi. long; flows SW into Seine river, navigable for about 80 mi.]
Olaf Swaan. see: Swaan, Olaf
Old Benoît. Porquerolles destitute, hair down to his shoulders, shaggy beard. Claimed to be 100; landed on the island when Morin-Barbu, who kept the corner café was a young man. From Italy, but by accent probably not Genoa or Naples. An accent all his own. In summer shaved his head and beard and fished mordu, worms with very hard heads, found in the sand, for bait; used to be a builder, built many of the houses on the island. [1949-AMI]
M recognized a pale face, Old Cadaver, Justin Cavre, who'd been called that at Police Judiciaire for 20 years.
Old England. [Stephan Strevzki's] coat had the label "Old England" shop, on the Boulevard des Italiens. [1939-hom]
Old Grouch. M had completely forgotten that the Second District was Lognon's sector - Lognon, who his colleagues called "Old Grouch". But maybe Lognon wasn't on night duty in the Rue de La Rochefoucauld.... M recognized at once the short, spare figure of Lognon. [1954-JEU]
Known as Pépère or Old Jules, a well-built man with white hair and a fresh complexion, one of Léonard Planchon's employees. Said he was sometimes called St. Peter.
Old Market Place Old Pouilly
Old Market Place. Gallet had received a postcard from her husband postmarked Rouen, dated the 26th, the day before. The postcard showed the Old Market Place at Rouen. [1930-GAL]
Old Pouilly. café on Place Saint-Georges. Émile Blaise wrote to the Director that he saw someone from his window there, keeping his place under surveillance. [1941-SIG]
A lean old man with a huge white mustache who seemed a living evocation of the Old Testament was pointing at M. He looked like Ezekiel, but also reminded M of Clemenceau.
Old Town. It takes but a single sunbeam to transform Concarneau -- then the Old Town's walls turn a dazzling white. [1931-JAU]
Hans Goldberg said the man who'd owned the shop before him had been Old Ulrich, a money-lender, who'd disappeared one day. The alias of Jacob Levy.
Old Wine Press Oléron
Old Wine Press. François Ricain told M he had gone to the Old Wine Press the night of his wife's murder.... The Old Wine Press was on the other side of the boulevard, near the Air Terminal subway entrance.... owned by Bob Mandille. [1966-VOL]
Oléron. [island, W France, Charente-Maritime dept. Île d'Oléron. Island in E Bay of Biscay, 66 sq. mi.]
Olga Boulanger. see: Boulanger, Olga
Olga Grossot. see: Grossot, Olga
Olga Poissonneau. see: Poissonneau, Olga
Olga Swaan. see: Swaan, Olga
Olga Tserewska. see: Tserewska, Olga
Germaine Gouin's sister, Antoinette Ollivier, unmarried, lived in the Boulevard Saint-Michel, opposite the School of Mining. 5 years older, she worked in a municipal library. She was a great Catholic and thought Étienne Gouin was the Devil.... Antoinette Ollivier looked more than her 50 years.
Olympia. Françoise Beausoleil and Germaine Rivaud's mother Joséphine Beausoleil came to Bergerac. She'd sung at the Olympia. [1932-FOU]
Olympic. The driver, 23, was a policeman of the new school, who looked more like an Olympic champion than an old-time cop. [1951-LOG]
Omaha. Bill Larner was 40, born in Omaha. [1951-LOG]
O'Malley, Jimmy. The letter that had been left for Louise Laboine said she should ask for Jimmy [Jimmy O'Malley], at Pickwick's Bar, Rue de l'Étoile.... Albert Falconi said Jimmy was an American. His daughter was getting married next week in Baltimore. [1954-JEU]
One-eyed Eugène. see: Eugène, One-eyed
Sergeant Ted O'Neil was shorter, stockier than the others, with light hair with a reddish tinge, wavy. He looked like a peasant from the north of France.... Sergeant Ward said he took Bessie Mitchell to the Penguin Bar where his friends, four other Air Force men, were waiting: Sergeant Dan Mullins, Corporal Jimmy Van Fleet, Sergeant Ted O'Neil, and Corporal Wo Lee. Wo Lee was a Chinese who looked barely 16.
Onze-Novembre, Avenue du
Onze-Novembre, Avenue du. The procession went down Rue des Écoles in Bandol, then Avenue du 11 Novembre, and suddenly the gates of the cemetery. [1971-IND]
Opera. Isabelle de V-- told Armand de Saint-Hilaire what time she'd walk in the Tuileries Gardens, had seen him from a distance at the Opera. [1960-VIE]
Opéra. M would rather be in the PJ at night, working on a case, than in the best seat at the Opéra. [1946-mal]
It was near 9:00 when M reached the Boulevard Voltaire, where a car was waiting for him. It looked like one tourists hired by the day from a garage near the Madeleine or the Opéra.
Opéra. The Grands Boulevards were almost deserted. A huge moon floated above the greenish dome of the Opéra. [1947-MOR]
The king's movements at no point touched the Saint-Georges District, and all the men who could be spared had been sent to the Opéra Police Station.... There had been a gala performance at the Opéra. [1948-PRE]
Ferdinand Fumal showed M 7 anonymous threat letters he'd received, postmarked at a post office near the Opéra. One had been from Boulevard Beaumarchais, another the Central Post Office in the Rue du Louvre, the last, Avenue des Ternes.
Opéra, Avenue de l'
Opéra, Avenue de l'. [Paris. 2e, Bourse. from Place du Théâtre-Français to Boulevard des Capucines]
Whenever M walked along the Avenue de l'Opéra, at a certain point, next door to a gunsmith's, he never failed to sniff at the good smell of coffee being roasted in the Balthazar Coffee shop.... M checked the phone listings for Balthazar Coffee: Avenue de l'Opéra. warehouse: Quai de Valmy. managing offices: Rue Auber. [1948-PRE]
M had always had a special affection for the section of the Grands Boulevards between Place de la République and Rue Montmartre..... Further on, approaching the Opéra and the Madeleine, the boulevards were more spacious and elegant. [1952-BAN]
John Arnold and Donald Philps had gone to an American bank on the Avenue de l'Opéra, and then a British bank on Place Vendôme.... Louise Paverini had written a check on a Swiss bank with a branch on the Avenue de l'Opéra. [1957-VOY]
Gèron and Sons had had the Morvan Paper Mills at Autun for three or four generations. Made the Morvan Vellum paper the anonymous note had come on. Handmade. Worked with two stationers, one on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and one Avenue de l'Opéra. [1968-HES]
While they were courting, M had taken Mme M to the Opera-Comique, where they were doing Carmen.
Opéra, Place de l'
Opéra, Place de l'. [Paris. 9e, Opéra. from Avenue de l'Opéra to Boulevard Capucines]
Alfonsi had had dinner with Philippe Liotard in a restaurant on the Rue Richelieu, with two women. Then they'd gone to a movie in the Opéra, then to a nightclub on the Rue Blanche.... It would probably not be long before Liotard was frequenting bars near the Opéra and the Champs-Élysées, but for now he was more comfortable in this neighborhood, at Chope de Nègre. [1949-MME]
By the time they reached the Place de l'Opéra, bottle-necks had formed. [1961-PAR]
Harry Cole said he'd take him to Nogales, half in one country half in the other. That was where most of the marijuana came over the border. M had learned that the Mexican-grown plant had more or less replaced the appeal of the higher priced drugs, opium and cocaine. [1949-CHE]
Oraisons Funèbres. [Bossuet, Jacques-Bénigne, born 1627, Dijon, Fr., died 1704, Paris. Bishop and most eloquent and influential spokesman for the rights of the French church against papal authority. He is chiefly remembered for his literary works including funeral panegyrics for great personages. His first Oraisons funèbres (Funeral Orations) were on Henrietta Maria of France, queen of England (1669), and on her daughter Henrietta Anne of England, Louis XIV's sister-in-law (1670), masterpieces of French classical prose.]
The books under the bridge included Verlaine's "Sagesse", Bossuet's "Oraisons Funèbres," the second half of Las Cases' "Memorial de Sainte-Hélène," and an old issue of "La Presse Médicale." [1962-CLO]
Orange. Motte said he'd done his military service at Orange, with spahis. Incredible to think he'd worn the gorgeous uniform of the Algerian calvary and pranced about the streets of Orange on an Arab charger! [1937-38-not]
Orban. Orban, plump and good-natured, had no doubt become a doctor. [1968-ENF]
When M left the Quai des Orfèvres he was already familiar with every detail, down to the casks of wine. [1936-lar]
M had received an anonymous phone call at the Quai des Orfèvres, which suggested he might do well to check at Marina's for news about Martino, the kid from Antibes, whose brother had just been shipped off to Guiana. [1936-pig]
It was at Caen, where M had been sent to reorganize the Flying Squad. He was not yet used to the harsh and secretive atmosphere of provincial life, and felt less at ease than in his office at the Quai des Orfèvres. [1937-38-bay]
M took his favorite attitude, in which Headquarters [Police Headquarters at the Quai des Orfèvres had so often seen him, pipe between his teeth, back to the fire, hands clasped behind his back, with that indefinable air of stubbornness... [1937-38-man]
At the Quai des Orfèvres the phrase "someone has stolen" was anodyne enough, but here it had a different meaning. [1937-38-not]
M paced back and forth, missing the Quai des Orfèvres, where at least, he could have had someone take over for him when he got tired. [1938-owe]
Quai des Orfèvres M wondered if he'd left the Quai des Orfèvres just to play cared with "these good imbeciles". [1938-ceu]
M was wearing the implacable face of Maigret of the Quai des Orfèvres. [1940-JUG]
Back in his office the smell of tobacco lingered in spite of the open window overlooking the Quai des Orfèvres. [1945-pip]
Although M was already moving ponderously, he hadn't as yet gone inot his trance, as they said on the Quai des Orfèvres. [1947-VAC]
He would later have a similar stove at the Quai des Orfèvres, and when the central heating was installed at Police Headquarters, Chief-Divisional-Inspector Maigret, chief of the special squad, would manage to have it kept in his office.... M said that if he succeeded he was almost certain to get straight into the Quai des Orfèvres. What further ambition could he have, to join the Sûreté, or perhaps the famous Chief's Squad, as the homicide squad was then called.... The sergeant on duty at the Quai des Orfèvres asked Vanel if he'd run into Bob d'Anseval lately. He said he'd seen him at the races with Dédé. Said Dédé was into cocaine and other things, and the Count, Bob, was in on it too. [1948-PRE]
Langlois, the "antiquated clerk in long grey overalls" in records division, upstairs at the Qaui des Orfèvres in the attics, where files were kept on everyone who had dealings with the police. [1949-AMI]
Nowadays everyone knows what's involved in conferences in the Police Judiciaire, but in those days most Parisians would have been hard put to even say which government service was located in the Quai des Orfèvres. [1950-MEM]
They strolled along the Quai des Orfèvres, went up the big staircase. [1953-ECO]
It was a few minutes past three by the marble clock in the office, and most of the offices at the Quai des Orfèvres were deep in darkness. [1954-JEU]
When M came into the great central lobby of the Quai des Orfèvres... surely the grayest and dingiest place on earth. [1955-COR]
At the QDO that morning, everyone was exhausted. [1955-TEN]
M had once said to Janvier, one night when they were crossing Pont-Neuf returning to the Quai des Orfèvres, that the most frustrating cases are often the ones that start out seeming run-of-the-mill. [1957-VOY]
M seldom mentioned the Quai des Orfèvres and its affairs in his own home. [1961-PAR]
The patron of the Brasserie Dauphine had been there thirty years before, when the chief-inspector had started at the Quai des Orfèvres, but at that time he had been the son of the house.... Ada Farano had gone with Émile Boulay as far as the door of the Quai des Orfèvres. [1962-COL]
M waited for the light to cross the street to 38 Quai des Orfèvres. [1964-DEF]
The taxi reached the Quai des Orfèvres hardly passing three other cars. The sentry at the gate looked stiff and cold. [1966-NAH]
The next morning M. decided to walk from his home to the Quai des Orfèvres.... M. would have taken Janvier with him, but it was essential to have someone in charge at the Quai des Orfèvres who could be thoroughly relied on and who was capable of acting on his own initiative.
M said he have one of his inspectors take François Ricain to his office in the Rue des Orfèvres before the Forensic Department arrived.
Orgeval. Every cottage had its name on a board: Dream House, World's End, Open House... down below was Poissy, the silver ribbon of the Seine dotted with coal barges. On the plateau beyond could be seen the farms and bell tower of Orgeval.... As there was no cemetery, they set out for Orgeval, of which Jeanneville was a suburb. [1942-FEL]
Oriental. It must have been the precious piece Motte had spoken of, where the Oriental artist had carved a scene with six figures. It was perhaps 10 or 12 centuries old, worth tens of thousands of francs. [1937-38-not]
M went by taxi to the Rue Gay-Lussac, to see Maître Orin; the tall trees in the Luxembourg Gardens swayed in the breeze. Probably the oldest lawyer in Paris. Said everyone probably thought he'd been laid to rest in Père-Lachaise long ago.
Orléans. [commune, NC France, capital, Loiret dept. pop. 1968: 95,828. On Loire R. 70 mi. SSW of Paris.]
They had started milking in the cowsheds, and the carts were setting off for the Orléans market.... They passed through Orléans as the first trams were rumbling through the streets. Less than an hour later they'd reached the market at Arpajon.... M said if his nephew were out of the case he'd be on the first train to Orléans. [1934-MAI]
M had not expected to find tragedy in the forest of Orléans.... The Orléans Police had held an inquiry; M had been provided with detailed plans and photographs. [1936-lar]
Gloria Lotti was found three days later in a brothel in Orléans.... Sarkistan. aka Schwartz, aka Levine, wanted by authorities in three countries, was arrested in a village near Orléans.
Orléans, Avenue d'
Orléans, Avenue d'. [Paris. 14e, Observatoire. from Place Denfert-Rochereau to Boulevard Brune]
After lunch at Désiré's with Spencer Oats, they walked to the corner of the Avenue d'Orléans, where M hailed a taxi to the Quai des Orfèvres. Halfway there he changed his mind, and had the taxi take them to the Gare du Nord, Inter-City arrivals, to meet Gérard Pardon. [1940-CEC]
The Xavier Martons lived at No. 17, Avenue de Châtillon, a new block of flats, 7 stories, yellow brick; tenants were mostly office workers and commercial travelers. Though close to the Avenue d'Orléans, it felt like the provinces.
Orléans, Porte d'
Orléans, Porte d'. [Paris. 14e, Observatoire. at ]
Carl Anderson said a man stopped his car at the Porte d'Orléans, said he was from the police, and that Anderson should go with him on the road to Compiègne. Going around a bend in the forest the man had shot him and pushed him out of the car. [1931-NUI]
Cécile Pardon lived at Bourg-la-Reine, about a mile beyond the Porte d'Orléans, on the Route Nationale, just opposite the fifth stop. Big, five-story brick building with shops on the ground floor, a bicycle shop and a grocer's. Lived on the fifth floor.... M and Spencer Oats took a streetcar to the Porte d'Orléans, going past Cécile's wedge-shaped house, bricks darkened by the rain. [1940-CEC]
The only suicide that day had been an old woman who'd asphyxiated herself, out by the Porte d'Orléans. And a man had thrown himself into the Seine, but been saved.
Orléans, Quai d'
Orléans, Quai d'. [Paris. 4e, Hotel-de-Ville. from Pont Tournelle to Pont Saint-Louis]
There were cars all along the embankments from the Pont Louis-Philippe to the Pont de Sully, and others were parked on the other side of the island on the Quai de Béthune and the Quai d'Orléans.
Orléans, Square d'
Orléans, Square d'. [Paris. 9e, Opéra. at Rue Taitbout]
Mme. Blanc went down the Rue Saint-Georges, stopping to go into an Italian grocer's. She went out the back, opening onto the Square d'Orléans and the Rue Taitbout.
Orly. [commune, N France, Val-de-Marne dept. pop. 1968: 30,202. SSE suburb of Paris. Orly Field, principal International airport of Paris region.]
Marco Santoni and Jeanine Armenieu had gone to Florence for their honeymoon. They'd left from Orly.... Albert Falconi said he'd followed Jimmy O'Malley to Orly, to make sure he was going back to the US. [1954-JEU]
M said suddenly that he was going to Orly. [1957-VOY]
Some people called Valentine Besson the châtelaine, as she'd once owned a château in the Orne or Sologne.
Oron O'Rourke, Mike
Oron. Oron, the Deputy Prosecutor [deputy officer in Hamilton], couldn't have been more than 30. [1972-CHA]
O'Rourke, Mike. M saw Mike O'Rourke, the chief Deputy Sheriff, in charge of the inquest, a thickset red-haired man who stayed close to the attorney.... Mike O'Rourke told M the waitress in the Penguin Bar was Irish, like himself. [1949-CHE]
The village children used to call Joseph Mascouvin "The Orphan".
Orsay, Hôtel d' Orsay, Quai d'
Orsay, Hôtel d'. see: Hôtel d'Orsay
Orsay, Quai d'. [Paris. 7e, Palais-Bourbon. from Pont de la Concorde to Pont de l'Alma]
M called Mme M and told her to take Joseph's car, or rather that Joseph would pick her up and take her to Les Aubrais, and she'd arrive at 6 o'clock at Quai d'Orsay. By taxi she'd be at the Place des Vosges in ten minutes. [1945-FAC]
The Director said he'd just gotten a call from the Quai d'Orsay, not from the Foreign Minister in person, but from his principal private secretary. Neither of them had much regard for ministries of any sort, least of all one as starchy as the Foreign Office.
Orsenne. Bernadette Amorelle said she'd come from Orsenne, in the same way a queen of France might have said Versailles. A small village on the bank of the Seine between Corbeil and the forest of Fontainebleau.... Orsenne was not a station, merely a halt where a few trains deigned to stop. Through parkland trees you could see the roofs of a few villas, and beyond them the Seine, broad and majestic. [1945-FAC]
Oscar Aubain. see: Aubain, Oscar
Oscar Bonvoisin. see: Bonvoisin, Oscar
Oscar Chabut. see: Chabut, Oscar
Oscar Coutant. see: Coutant, Oscar
Oscar Drouhet. see: Drouhet, Oscar
Oscar Grosbois. see: Grosbois, Oscar
Oscar Laget. see: Laget, Oscar
Oscar Malterre. see: Malterre, Oscar
see: Raison, Oscar
Ostend. [pop. 1969: 56,954. Oostende, FR: Ostende. Commune, seaport, and seaside resort, West Flanders prov., NW Belgium.]
Oswald J. Clark. see: Clark, Oswald J. [1939-MAJ]
Oswald Oppenheim. see: Oppenheim, Oswald
Otto. Slowly the skein will unravel. First a name, Otto. He was sometimes in the Rue de Bondy, a little bar frequented by homosexuals of the lowest level. Another on the Rue de Lappe which has become a tourist attraction. [1950-MEM]
Otto Braun. See: Braun, Otto [1936-arr]
Ottrebon. The Ottrebons, Belgians in high finance, were wintering in Egypt. On the second floor, the Comte de Tavera and his family had gone shooting for the season at their château somewhere south of the Loire. [1953-TRO]
Ouchy. [village, Vaud canton, on the Lake of Geneva in SW Switzerland; the port of Lausanne.]
Muriel Ward [Muriel Halligan] lived in a new apartment in Ouchy. Her daughter boarded at a school with American, English, Dutch and German girls from wealthy families. There were many such schools in Switzerland. [1957-VOY]
Lomel, a reporter from the Ouest-Éclair came up to M in the Hôtel de France dining room, assumed M was there about the Robert de Courçon case. Red-haired, about 40, large ruddy cheeks. (cf. Pecqueur)
Ouistreham. [commune, NW France, Calvados dept. pop. 1959: 4,350. Caen arroundissement; seaside resort and port of Caen.]
A wire came in from Ouistreham: Unknown man identified. And Julie Legrand, the housekeeper of Yves Joris, retired sea-captain, harbor-master at Ouistreham, arrived in Paris. ... M knew by now that there were really four distinct Ouistrehams: Port Ouistreham, the village of Ouistreham, residential Ouistreham (with a few private houses, like the mayor's along the main road), and Ouistreham-on-Sea, at present out of action. [1932-POR]
Oulmont, Jehan d'.
The young man's name was Jehan d'Oulmont, an excellent Belgian family, which had figured repeatedly in his country's history.
Ourcq Canal. [Ourcq River, 80 km, rising in Aisne dept., flowing into the Marne, connects with the Seine via the Ourcq Canal.]
Armand de Saint-Hilaire's doctor was Dr. Ourgaud. His son had just set up next to him, at the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows. Félicie looked the embodiment of Our Lady of Sorrows. [1942-FEL]
Ozep, Michael. Michael Ozep had turned up at Police Headquarters, introduced himself as a former officer in the Polish army, now a teacher of gymnastics in Paris. He said he'd jumped off the Pont d'Austerlitz into the Seine to kill himself, but the police from the River Squad pulled him out. He lived in lodgings in the Rue des Tournelles, not far from the Rue de Birague. [1937-38-sta]
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