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.
  ‘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.

Published the same year as the first English edition (George Routledge of London, 1941).

References: Penguin Random House (web). 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 (book size 20.9x14.1cm), pp. [2] vi 305 [7]. In publisher’s yellow cloth, spine lettered in black, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all flap corners trimmed as published, and with very light colour touch-up to folds spine ends and upper edge of front panel.
  Condition: in near fine dust jacket with very light colour touch-up to folds spine ends and upper edge of front panel.   Ref: 110233   Price: HK$ 4,000