Maigret to the Rescue - Georges Simenon 1941 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘The Flemish Shop’ and ‘The Guinguette by the Seine’.

In ‘
The Flemish Shop’ Maigret is asked to the windswept, rainy border town of Givet by a young woman desperate to clear her family of murder. But their well-kept shop, the sleepy community and its raging river all hide their own mysteries.

In
‘Guinguette by the Seine’ a story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine and into the sleazy underside of respectable Parisian life. In the oppressive heat of summer, a forgotten crime comes to light.

A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank . . . there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale.’
  ‘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.

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 309 [5]. In publisher’s orange cloth, spine lettered in black, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all flap corners with publisher’s decorative trim, and with some paper restoration to head of spine.
  Condition: in very good dust jacket with some paper restoration to head of spine, long closed tear to spine fold and some light chipping to corners and spine ends, overall minor soiling.   Ref: 110238   Price: HK$ 2,000