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.
  ‘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.

The first edition in English was published by George Routledge of London in 1940.

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. vi 312 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in green, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all corners with publisher’s decorative trim upper corner of rear flap more so, and with colour-touch up to spine and front panel.
  Condition: in near fine dust jacket with colour-touch up to spine and front panel, some light rubbing to flap folds, rear flap with small tape ghost (1x1cm) and upper corner clipped heavier than the others (front flap is not price-clipped).   Ref: 110235   Price: HK$ 3,500