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Maigret Sits It Out - Georges Simenon

1941 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘The Lock at Charenton‘ and ‘Maigret Returns’.

The Lock at Charenton‘ (also published as ‘Lock No.1’) is a classic Inspector Maigret mystery set in a claustraphobic provincial town

Cars drove past along with the trucks and trams, but by now Maigret had realized that they were not important. Whatever roared by like this along the road was not part of the landscape. . . . What really counted was the lock, the hooting of the tugs, the stone crusher, the barges and the cranes, the two pilots’ bars and especially the tall house where he could make out Ducrau’s red chair framed by a window.’

In ‘
Maigret Returns’ Maigret’s peaceful retirement in the countryside is disrupted when a relative unwittingly embroils himself in a crime he did not commit and the inspector returns to Police Headquarters in Paris once again. 
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Maigret Keeps a Rendezvous - Georges Simenon

1941 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘The Sailors' Rendezvous‘ and ‘The Saint-Fiacre Affair’.

In ‘
The Sailors' Rendezvous‘, set in an insular fishing community, Inspector Maigret must navigate an impenetrable subculture to solve a murder. Sailors don’t talk much to other men, especially not to policemen. But after Captain Fallut’s body is found floating near his trawler, they all mention the Evil Eye when they speak of the Ocean’s voyage.

In ‘
The Saint-Fiacre Affair’ Maigret’s past comes to life. The last time Maigret went home to the village of his birth was for his father’s funeral. Now, an anonymous note predicting a crime during All Souls’ Day mass draws him back there, where troubling memories resurface and hidden vices are revealed.

Maigret savoured the sensations of his youth again: the cold, stinging eyes, frozen fingertips, an aftertaste of coffee. Then, stepping inside the church, a blast of heat, soft light; the smell of candles and incense. 
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Maigret Travels South - Georges Simenon

1940 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘Liberty Bar’ and ‘The Madman of Bergerac’.

In ‘
Liberty Bar’ Inspector Maigret loses himself in coastal luxury—and danger—in this devastating mystery set on the French Riviera. Dazzled at first by the glamour of sunny Antibes, Maigret soon finds himself immersed in the less salubrious side of the Riviera as he retraces the final steps of a local eccentric.

In ‘
The Madman of Bergerac’ a distressed passenger leaps off a night train and vanishes into the woods. Maigret, on his way to a well-earned break in the Dordogne, is soon plunged into the pursuit of a madman, hiding amongst the seemingly respectable citizens of Bergerac.

He recalled his travelling companion’s agitated sleep—was it really sleep?—his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks.’ 
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Maigret Abroad - Georges Simenon

1940 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘A Crime in Holland’ and ‘At the Gai-Moulin’.

A Crime in Holland’ – When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community appears happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they’re letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased, and a notorious local crook.

In ‘
At the Gai-Moulin’ Inspector Maigret observes from a distance as two boys are accused of killing a rich foreigner in Liège, the city of Simenon’s youth. Their loyalty, which binds them together through their adventures, is put to the test, and seemingly irrelevant social differences threaten their friendship and their freedom. 
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Maigret to the Rescue - Georges Simenon

1941 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘The Flemish Shop’ and ‘The Guinguette by the Seine’.

In ‘
The Flemish Shop’ Maigret is asked to the windswept, rainy border town of Givet by a young woman desperate to clear her family of murder. But their well-kept shop, the sleepy community and its raging river all hide their own mysteries.

In
‘Guinguette by the Seine’ a story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine and into the sleazy underside of respectable Parisian life. In the oppressive heat of summer, a forgotten crime comes to light.

A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank . . . there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale.’ 
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Maigret and M. Labbé - Georges Simenon

1942 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition
Featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘Death of a Harbor-Master’ and Superintendent Labbé in ‘The Man From Everywhere’.

Death of a Harbor-Master’ is a gripping tale of lost identity – A distressed man is found wandering the streets of Paris, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The answers lead Maigret to a small harbour town, whose quiet citizens conceal a poisonous malice. 
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The Man Who Watched The Trains Go By - Georges Simenon

1946 - Reynal & Hitchcock, New York - First American Edition
In this Georges Simenon classic, a Dutch clerk flees to Paris with his crooked boss’s money and meets the woman behind the man.

A certain furtive, almost shameful emotion . . . disturbed him whenever he saw a train go by, a night train especially, its blinds drawn down on the mystery of its passengers.’

Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man—until the day he discovers his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for, and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by on their way to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence. The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By is a chilling portrayal of a man who breaks from society and goes on the run asks who we are, and what we are capable of.
 
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