A Wife at Sea - Georges Simenon 1949 - Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited, London - First Edition in English Contains A Wife at Sea (translated from Les Pitard), a story developed on board a small ship tossed on the mountainous waves of the far northern seas, and The Murderer (translated from L'Assassin), set in a small provincial town, records without mercy the gradua and inevitable disintegration of a young doctor who has murdered his wife and her lover.   ‘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).

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. MacLeod, Book and Magazine Collector, Oct 1984.

Octavo pp. [8] 248. In publisher’s green 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 short tear to upper fold of rear panel   Ref: 109699   Price: HK$ 1,500