Maigret Abroad - Georges Simenon 1940 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘A Crime in Holland’ and ‘At the Gai-Moulin’.

A Crime in Holland’ – When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community appears happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they’re letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased, and a notorious local crook.

In ‘
At the Gai-Moulin’ Inspector Maigret observes from a distance as two boys are accused of killing a rich foreigner in Liège, the city of Simenon’s youth. Their loyalty, which binds them together through their adventures, is put to the test, and seemingly irrelevant social differences threaten their friendship and their freedom.
  ‘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.

Provenance: With the leather bookplate of Florence & Edward Kaye.

Published the same year as the first English edition (George Routledge of London, 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. iv 315 [1]. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in white, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all corners with publisher’s decorative trim.
  Condition: in near fine dust jacket, moderate toning, light rubbing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110237   Price: HK$ 4,000