Magnet of Doom - Georges Simenon 1948 - George Routledge & Sons Ltd., London - First English Edition ‘A story of murder and scandal by a master of criminal psychology' beginning with the Belgian Congo of the 1890’s and the pioneering Ferchaux brothers.

The basis of the 1963 film noir by Jean-Pierre Melville starring Jean-Paul Belmondo.
  ‘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 by Reynal & Hitchcock in the US as
The First-Born, 1947.

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] 279. Page 279 printed on rear free endpaper, as published. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced 9s. 6d. net. to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 109697   Price: HK$ 800