Black Rain - Georges Simenon 1949 - Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited, London - First English Edition Contains The Survivors, a mystery set at a seaport on the North coast of France, and Black Rain, ‘dramatic in the intensity of its concentration, provocative in its implied rather than overt intent, this again proves the author's ability to blueprint character climax, psychological overtones. For the sustained monotone of a child's memories emphasises the mounting tensions in his family as a self-centered old aunt comes to live with his parents, and her visit coincides with a manhunt. The piling of little incident on little incident, the importance of each moment's happenings, increase the child's hatred for the old lady, and underline the narrowing search for the fugitive’ (Kirkus Reviews)
  ‘If Agatha Christie holds the title of Queen of Crime, its male counterpart belongs indisputably to Georges Simenon’ - Helen MacLeod, BMC.

‘Georges Simenon (1903-89), one of the true giants of the novel, has earned through the fecundity of his imagination and his devotion to his craft the right to be termed a genius. Apparently equally indifferent to critical scorn or praise, impervious tothe shifting currents of literary fashion, disdainful of pretentious philosophising or didacticism, Simenon has resolutely gone his own way, followed his unique vision, creating a body of work with the power and inevitability of life itself. Like Balzac or Dickens or Faulkner, he has staked out his own bleak territory of the human heart, a world of passion and violence, suffering and disorder... One of the most important novelists of his time, and certainly one of the major writers of detective fiction; his detective stories belong among the finest examples of the genre and, like other great detective stories, deserve serious critical study.’ - Reilly,
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers.

‘Simenon’s own wit, suavity, and mastery of style are beyond question’ - Miriam Allen deFord.

‘One of the few really distinctive and original detective creations of recent years’ - Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure (1941).

Published in the US 1947 by Reynal & Hitchcock.

References: Herbert,
Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 276, 415. Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure, 108. Symons, Bloody Murder, 143. Reilly,Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980), 1548.

Octavo pp. v [1] 264 [2]. In publisher’s pale mustard cloth, spine lettered in black. Dust jacket priced 9s. 6d. net. to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine, in near fine dust jacket with some colour touch up and minor restoration to spine   Ref: 109698   Price: HK$ 800