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Georges Simenon

Mystery:Georges Simenon

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The Mystery of Georges Simenon: a Biography, Bresler, Fenton
1 Bresler, Fenton The Mystery of Georges Simenon: a Biography
New York Beaufort Books 1983 0825301459 / 9780825301452 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 



Dark blue cloth with gold lettering, 259 pp. Corners bumped, slight edge wear, small circular indentation near top of front board (like a blind stamp). Jacket in new Brodart, a little edge wear and chipping. An attractive copy. ;
12 pages of b/w photographs, index. ; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; 259 pages;

Georges Simenon, creator of Inspector Maigret, author of 500 books, lover of 10,000 women, insists he is a man like any other. But few would agree with him. His life has been mysterious, traumatic, and laced with tragedy. It is full of contradictions and drama; it is a clear case of life imitating art.
" The Mystery of Georges Simenon is the result of more than two years of extensive research, during which the author travelled to Switzerland, Belgium, France, and across America in the tracks of his subject. Throughout he had the full cooperation of Simenon and his family.
" A compelling story emerges: the eventful childhood in Belgium; the love-hate relationship with his mother; the struggle to become a writer in Paris; the battleground of his marriages; the complex relationship with his daughter and her tragic suicide; the creation of Maigret and Simenon's unique approach to writing; bizarre encounters on his world travels; the years in America and life in Occupied France; and the amazing sexual adventures.
" This fascinating work challenges much of what has been previously written and said about Simenon and contains a great deal of never-before-disclosed material, including intimate family photographs. "
8562 
Price: 16.00 USD

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A Maigret Trio (Maigret's Failure, Maigret in Society, Maigret and the Lazy Burglar), Simenon, Georges
2 Simenon, Georges A Maigret Trio (Maigret's Failure, Maigret in Society, Maigret and the Lazy Burglar)
New York Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich 1973 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 


Minor shelf wear, Corners bumped. Jacket shows a little creasing, darkening, back has some scuffs.

Most likely a book club edition, although not stated, this volume contains three Inspector Maigret mysteries originally published between 1956 - 1961. This book is a good way to get a big dose of this popular French detective.
Maigret's Failure - "The vulgarly rich owner of a chain of butcher shops, 'The King of the Meat Trade', is murdered for motives both understandable and obvious.
Maigret in Society - "The inspector confronts a cast of characters so subtle and overbred as to seem unreal.
Maigret and the Lazy Burglar - "A risky profession is exercised by an eminently cautious man."
Translated by Daphne Woodward and Robert Eglesfield.; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
001200 
Price: 8.95 USD

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African Trio (Talatala, Tropic Moon, Aboard the Aquitaine), Simenon, Georges
3 Simenon, Georges African Trio (Talatala, Tropic Moon, Aboard the Aquitaine)
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1979 0151039550 / 9780151039555 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket 


Talatala and Tropic Moon translated by Stuart Gilbert. Aboard the Aquitaine translated by Paul Auster and Lydia Davis. Short preface by the author from his reporting on Africa during the early 1930s. ; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; 325 pages;

"'The time of colonial Africa is running out,' Simenon wrote in 1932. But the exotic, alien aspects of life on that continent inspired him to some of his very best psychological fiction. The isolation and perpetual challenge Africa presented to European settlers served as a catalyst for the type of confrontation Simenon has always portrayed with particular brilliance: that dark, frightening moment when a man is faced with the kernel of possibility within himself, aware of how helpless he is to control his fate. "
8574 
Price: 27.50 USD

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Inspector Maigret and the Burglar's Wife, Simenon, Georges
4 Simenon, Georges Inspector Maigret and the Burglar's Wife
Roslyn, NY Walter J. Black 1956 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 


Spine slanted, corners bumped, minor edge wear, half-ring dampstain on front board. Illustrated book plate inside cover. A little darkening but text is clean and unmarked.

"The burglar's wife reported her husband had seen Maria lying dead, in a pool of her own blood. But why had the burglar skipped town? And why did Maria's prosperous dentist husband and aristocratic mother-in-law insist Maria had left Paris of her own free will?
Here was a caper to baffle even the master sleuth. A case with too many clues -- and no crime. A killing with too many suspects -- and no corpse. Before Maigret got to the bottom of things, he would be thrust deep into a whirlpool of twisted passion and dangerous emotion -- where evey smile masked hate . . . and every corner turned could lead to murder . . ."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
003488 
Price: 9.90 USD

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Maigret and the Apparition [Originally Maigret and the Ghost], Simenon, Georges
5 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Apparition [Originally Maigret and the Ghost]
San Diego Harvest / HBJ 1976 0156551276 / 9780156551274 27th Edition; Third Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 
Illustrated by Silverman, Bob [cover]

Reading crease, minor edge wear and rubbing, corners slightly bumped. Owner's name on front end paper. A nice copy. ;
Originally published in England under the title "Maigret and the Ghost." ; 6 ¾" - 7 ¾" Tall; 159 pages;

"Maigret arrives home exhausted after cracking an especially difficult case, only to be wakened within hours by the news of a nearly successful attempt on the life of a colleague. Plainclothes detective Lognon, know to Maigret as 'Inspector Hapless,' has become involved beyond his depth in an international art fraud. Maigret's only clue to his assailant is the single word 'apparition' spoken by the victim as he emerges from the operating room. The apparition leads Maigret to the highest echelons of the Parisian art world - and the depths of greed and cruelty."
183531 
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Maigret and the Black Sheep, Simenon, Georges
6 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Black Sheep
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1976 0151551464 / 9780151551460 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 


Light brown cloth spine over brown tweed cloth covered boards, red lettering, 158 pp. Slight spine slant, corners bumped, slight edge wear, owner's name stamped inside cover, binding tight. An attractive copy.

"A phone call in the middle of the night brings Maigret to the scene of an apparently motiveless murder."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006069 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Maigret and the Burglar's Wife, Simenon, Georges
7 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Burglar's Wife
Orlando Harvest Books 1991 0156028409 / 9780156028400 27th Edition; 1st Harvest printing Trade Paperback Good 



Spine slanted, creased, cracked at page 46-47, plentiful library stickers and stamps, corners worn, minor edge wear and rubbing, text clean and unmarked. Reading copy. ;
Translated by J. Maclaren-Ross. ; 7 ¾" - 9 ¾" Tall; 167 pages;

" A safe-manufacturer-turned-burglar stumbles upon a dead body while committing a robbery: Will Maigret crack the case?
" While committing what he intends to be his last burglary, 'Sad Freddie' discovers something completely out of his line: the body of a dead woman, her chest covered in blood, holding a telephone in her hand. Maigret is called in to solve the crime, and after an exhaustive search, a psychological duel, a marathon interrogation, and innumerable glasses of Pernon, wine, cold beer, and brandy - a sure sign that this is no easy case - the famous French sleuth triumphs. "
8500 
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Maigret and the Headless Corpse (Large Print), Simenon, Georges
8 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Headless Corpse (Large Print)
Boston G K Hall & Co 1989 0816146640 / 9780816146642 Large Print Edition Trade Paperback Good+ 


Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped including some pages, minor edge wear. Some pages crinkled, likely from water damage. Text is clean and unmarked. A Large Print Mystery. Translated by Eileen Ellenbogen.

"Snared in the propeller of a barge was a man's arm -- drained white, and limp as a dead fish from prolonged immersion in the murky canal. It was a singularly challenging case for Chief Inspector Maigret, as piece by gruesome piece the corpse of a man was assembled from the muddy canal bottom -- all except the head.
His imperturbable detective's logic thoroughly aroused, Maigret searched the squalid bistros and byways of Paris for four necessary items: the corpse's missing head, the identity of the body, the murderer, and -- most elusive of all -- the motive. It was a case which would require Maigret's keenest eye for minute detail . . . and his most profound psychological insights."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
004879 
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Maigret and the Hotel Majestic, Simenon, Georges
9 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Hotel Majestic
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1978 0151555524 / 9780151555529 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 


Corners bumped, slight edge wear. Jacket shows a little edge wear and a couple small tears along top edge. A bright, attractive copy - first American printing.

"A vintage Maigret that takes the reader behind the scenes in a Paris luxury hotel.. Prosper, a failed waiter and now the breakfast cook, discovers the corpse of a hotel guest, the French wife of an American businessman, and immediately becomes the prime suspect. Maigret, from homicide, has his doubts about the obvious. Always compassionate toward the underdog, he decides to study the subterranean labyrinth where the hotel's services are located; he inspects entries and exits, charts routines, and discovers various irregularities, unnerving the staff with his persistent presence. He does not neglect the guest floors, either, and creates a scene among the elegant dancers in the tearoom. Using the setting to fine effect, Simenon has created an absorbing mystery that is now also a piece of nostalgia for the Paris that once was." Translated by Caroline Hillier.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
002751 
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Maigret and the Madwoman, Simenon, Georges
10 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Madwoman
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1972 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dust jacket 


Corners bumped. Jacket shows some scuffing, especially in back, darkening, scuffs where stickers have likely been removed.

"This is a very special case in Maigret's experince, in which he invests his heart as much as his ingenuity. A nice old lady, meticulously groomed and showing no signs of derangement, timidly tries to see the famous detective and finally accosts him in the street. She is frightened: someone invades her apartment during her absences. Nothing is missing. But, says she, there are minute changes in the positions of objects, which to her prove the presence of an intruder. Maigret's subordinates shrug her off as a lunatic, and she becomes known at Police Headquarters as Maigret's Madwoman. But Maigret is touched by the look in her eyes and promises to go and see her. Someone else, however, gets there ahead of him.
Translator: Eileen Ellenbogen.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
001256 
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Maigret and the Madwoman, Simenon, Georges
11 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Madwoman
New York Harvest / HBJ 1979 0156551225 / 9780156551229 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine slightly creased, a bit slanted, covers a bit creased and bowed out, corners bumped including some pages, book has a gentle curver to it. Text is clean and unmarked.

"This is a very special case in Maigret's experince, in which he invests his heart as much as his ingenuity. A nice old lady, meticulously groomed and showing no signs of derangement, timidly tries to see the famous detective and finally accosts him in the street. She is frightened: someone invades her apartment during her absences. Nothing is missing. But, says she, there are minute changes in the positions of objects, which to her prove the presence of an intruder. Maigret's subordinates shrug her off as a lunatic, and she becomes known at Police Headquarters as Maigret's Madwoman. But Maigret is touched by the look in her eyes and promises to go and see her. Someone else, however, gets there ahead of him.
Translator: Eileen Ellenbogen.; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
003455 
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Maigret and the Man on the Bench (Large Print), Simenon, Georges
12 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Man on the Bench (Large Print)
Boston G. K. Hall & Co. 1976 0816164002 / 9780816164004 Large Print Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 


Ex-library with numerous markings and stamps. Spine slanted, moderate edge wear and chipping, text is clean and unmarked. Jacket in protective wraps and taped to spine, some rubbing. A solid reading copy of this large print edition.

"A man has been stabbed in a blind alley. It appears a humdrum crime, the result of a drunken brawl. But it is Monday and such stabbings rarely occur on Mondays, and Maigret is struck by one salient fact: all who knew the dead man saw him sitting on one of the Paris boulevard benches. As Simenon readers kinow, the true culprit may not be the murderer but often is some innocent who provoked the situation. This crime story is also a story of marriage between a peace-loving man and a hard, despotic woman. Cowardice leads to deceit, to benchsitting, and finally to the ultimate nightmare."
Translated by Eileen Ellenbogen.; Ex-Library; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006055 
Price: 7.50 USD

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Maigret and the Spinster, Simenon, Georges
13 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Spinster
New York Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich 1982 0156551292 / 9780156551298 Mass Market Paperback Very Good+ 


Slight shelf wear. small stain at bottom of front edge. Very clean copy.

Translated by Eileen Ellenbogen
"For six months a plain young woman had been pestering Maigret with the complain that the furniture in her apartment, shared with an aunt, mysteriously shifted position at night. Everyone at police headquarters was convinced it was all imagination, and they teased Maigret about his 'girl friend.' Her endless patience got on his nerves, and even her spinsterish look irritated him. No wonder he put off seeing her on a particularly busy day. It was a postponement he came to regret.
As Maigret endeavors to solve a case in which he considers himself guilty, he must reconstruct events that have gathered dust for years, wade through interrogations of witnesses who want to mislead him, and try to get inside the mind of a greedy, mistrustful old woman."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
000940 
Price: 4.75 USD

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Maigret and the Wine Merchant, Simenon, Georges
14 Simenon, Georges Maigret and the Wine Merchant
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1980 015655125x / 9780156551250 First Harvest Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good+ 


Corners very slightly bumped. A bright, attractive copy.

"One of the richest wine merchants in Paris has been murdered, in front of an elegant house used by couples for discreet meetings. At the victim's home and at his office, Maigret is surprised by a curious absence of shock or grief, and he begins to receive messages from a mysterious caller who assures him that the murdered man deserved what he got. Indeed, as Maigret probes into the life of the victim, singularly unlovable traits are revealed. And when Maigret finally meets the murderer, he is unusually reluctant to see him apprehended."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006074 
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Maigret At the Crossroads, Simenon, Georges
15 Simenon, Georges Maigret At the Crossroads
Harmondsworth, England Penguin 1977 27th Edition; Seventh Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 



Corners slightly bumped, some edge wear, reading crease. Owner's name on inside cover. A nice copy. ;
Translated by Robert Baldick. ; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall; 136 pages;

"A classic among Simenon, this is the story of Maigret's night vigil at the Three Widows Crossroads, where the body of a Jewish diamond-merchant had been found. Pompous M. Michonnet, at one house, owned the car containing the corpse, aristocratic Carl Andersen, the Dane, owned the garage containing the car, and vulgar M. Oscar, at the service-station, simply sold petrol to all-comers. They none of them knew a thing. Then the victim's widow is shot dead at Maigret's feet, and he plunges into action to uncover a tight little criminal web with a woman at the centre of it."
183541 
Price: 5.95 USD

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Maigret Goes Home, Simenon, Georges
16 Simenon, Georges Maigret Goes Home
Harmondsworth, England Penguin 1976 0140019014 / 9780140019018 27th Edition; Fifth Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 



Spine slightly slanted. Corners somewhat bumped, reading crease and slight edge wear. A nice copy. ;
Translated by Robert Baldick. ; 7 ¾" - 9 ¾" Tall; 139 pages;

"At the crack of dawn on a raw morning, Chief Inspector Maigret finds himself in the church of Saint-Fiacre in the village where he was raised. He's there as a result of an anonymous note threatening that someone would die in the church at the first Mass of All Souls' Day. The arrival of the Countess de Saint-Fiacre elicits many fond memories for Maigret, and as these recollections busy his mind, she rolls from her pew to the floor-dead! Everyone is suspect in this masterful tale of aristocrats fallen on hard times."
183551 
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Maigret Hesitates, Simenon, Georges
17 Simenon, Georges Maigret Hesitates
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1970 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 


Originally published under the title "Maigret Hesite." Spine slightly slanted. DJ slightly soiled with edgewear, two large and several tiny tears, and a 3/4" chip on back edge. Text is clean and attractive.

"Despite the expensively elegant stationery, Inspector Maigret had given the anonymous letter very little thought. He was accustomed to receiving crank mail that spoke of unreported crimes and innocent victims. However, reading the letter more closely, he began to see something that disturbed him. . . it was the neurotic, power-crazed personality of a ruthless killer. The Inspector had no trouble tracing the stationery to the house where it came from - the sumptuous Paris establishment of an expert in Maritime Law. But from there on Maigret floundered - who had written the letter? Who was about to commit murder? And above all, who was the potential victim? The final solution came as a deadly surprise to everyone. . . including Maigret."
Translated from the French by Lyn Moir.; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
004885 
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Maigret Hesitates, Simenon, Georges
18 Simenon, Georges Maigret Hesitates
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1970 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 



Red boards with black lettering, 182 pp, Book club edition. Corners bumped, slight edge wear, spine slightly cocked. Jacket in new Brodart, spine sunned, minor edge wear and chipping especially along spine, some sunning. A nice copy. ;
Originally published under the title "Maigret Hesite." Translated from the French by Lyn Moir. ; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; 182 pages;

"Despite the expensively elegant stationery, Inspector Maigret had given the anonymous letter very little thought. He was accustomed to receiving crank mail that spoke of unreported crimes and innocent victims. However, reading the letter more closely, he began to see something that disturbed him. . . It was the neurotic, power-crazed personality of a ruthless killer. The Inspector had no trouble tracing the stationery to the house where it came from - the sumptuous Paris establishment of an expert in Maritime Law. But from there on Maigret floundered - who had written the letter? Who was about to commit murder? And above all, who was the potential victim? The final solution came as a deadly surprise to everyone. . . Including Maigret."
8575 
Price: 11.50 USD

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Maigret Loses His Temper, Simenon, Georges
19 Simenon, Georges Maigret Loses His Temper
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1980 0156551284 / 9780156551281 First Harvest/HBJ Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine slightly slanted, minor shelfwear. A bright, attractive copy.

"A Montmartre night club owner, Emile Boulay, is found strangled outside Père Lachaise cemetery. Inspector Maigret knows it cannot be a professional murder. An underworld killer does not strangle his victim, nor does he keep a corpse on hand for two days in hot weather. Furthermore, the dead man appears to have had no enemies - serious, hard-working, on the right side of the law, even paying his income tax with scrupulous honesty. There are no clues, except for an unexplained check for a large sum written by Boulay just before his death. It is irritating enough that Maigret has to work unusually hard to arrive at the identity of the murderer, and still harder to find a reason for the crime, but when he realizes that his own spotless reputation has been exploited, he does indeed lose his temper."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
003844 
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Maigret Sets a Trap (translated By Daphne Woodward), Simenon, Georges
20 Simenon, Georges Maigret Sets a Trap (translated By Daphne Woodward)
New York Harvest / HBJ 1979 0156551268 / 9780156551267 First Harvest/HBJ Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 
Illustrated by Mantel, Richard [cover]

Spine slanted and creased, minor edgewear. Text is bright and clean.

"Maigret is faced with a challenge. No fewer than five women have been murdered at night in the streets of Montmartre. All were knifed and had their clothing slashed. Who in the district has a grudge against women of the same sturdy build? After getting a psychological profile of the killer, Maigret decides to set a trap, risking a human life as bait. Everything is working according to plan - except that another, totally unexpected crime occurs."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006571 
Price: 4.95 USD

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