Frédéric Boutet: The Faker (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Faker (complete)                       The man stood haggard, still gripping the knife. He was in a sordid hotel room, the dead girl stretched at his feet, a dark pool oozing from her open throat. He had found her working the boulevard Sébastopol. […]

Frédéric Boutet: Berthe (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Berthe (complete)                             He closed the store in haste and ran onto the rue de Rivoli, towards the boulevard de Sébastopol. She might be waiting. Before turning at the corner, he stopped a minute, a habit of his, before […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Bargain (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Bargain (complete)                       On the fifth floor, at an old, forbidding door that made her wish only to leave, rang a young visitor, frail in her worn dress, her black hat…her heart beating. “Is he there? I want to speak to […]

Frédéric Boutet: Complicity (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Complicity (complete)                     Having made a tour of two large department stores…and buying none of what tempted her; then of the elegant streets, where she felt herself still less elegant than on the modest ones, Germaine Leprez hesitated at the threshold of a […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Balance (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Balance (complete)                       Lunch finished, M. Buchêne was back to business, per custom smoking his tranquil cigar while in discussion with Mme Buchêne. This intimate hour in the middle of their day had been a delight to them since the start […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hippolyte (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Hippolyte (complete)                         After dinner, they passed into the smoking room. It was still light outside. Through windows that opened onto densest parkland, entered a fresh evening smell. Little Mme Livoy, determinedly poetic (as suited her befogged demeanor), sighed that the […]

Frédéric Boutet: M. Arthur (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales M. Arthur (complete)                       “M. Arthur, the sensational apeman of the Sunda Islands!”  That was what the old fairground tout, who spun this yarn, gave out. The apeman made a big success during the three days of the festival, everyone from the […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part one)                     “Gilberte, I’m bothering you, you were going out.” “You could never bother me, you know that very well, my little Lydie. But, it’s my husband’s consultation day, and I make the best of it. I have my shopping, what […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (conclusion)                       The voracious Guland had swallowed a rabbit bone sideways and nearly made an end of himself. It was tragic. Mme Lazzarra, a hand in the suffocating pug’s gullet, fished for the bone. Gloria was hysterical. Guland at last […]