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Crime of the Fictional Variety

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  • Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1979. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 154 pages, fine dust jacket, all in very good condition.

    Maigret investigates a murder as a favour to the examining magistrate. It gets more complicated than first expected. Private detective, Cavre, is shadowing his moves. Maigret is afraid Cavre will get the upper hand.

    Maigret not keen on competition.

    $35.00

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  • Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton London, a first English edition 1976. Translated from the French by Lawrence G. Blochman.

    Octavo, 186 pages, fine dust jacket, all in super condition.

    Two lonely people meet in Greenwich Village and a night filled with drink propels them into intimacy but they may be too afraid to believe a new life might have begun. Reality that is Simenon.

    The sensitive side of Simenon

    $35.00

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  • The Girl in His Past – A Maigret Novel by Georges Simenon

    The Girl in His Past – A Maigret Novel by Georges Simenon

    Translated from the French by Louise Varese. First UK edition published by Hamish Hamilton in 1976. Originally first published in France in 1951.

    Octavo, 155 pages, a very good copy in a fine dust jacket designed by Annie Bennett with the classic photograph of Simenon by Jerry Bauer on rear.

    A murder is committed in Paris and the perpetrator flees. Later in a village bar he calls the Police and confesses. A complex reasoning for the crime unfolds. He has killed his wife’s lover but was this really the reason or maybe the fisherman’s daughter who seduced him earlier in life set an usual seed of lust within him.

    A moving story by Simenon with Maigret the revealer.

    $40.00

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  • Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    A first edition published by Tudor, New York in 1932. Octavo, 245. Very good condition with a super period dust jacket.

    An intimate diary and many lovers at the heart of the murder of beautiful Laura Carlin.

    Wilson Collinson was quite a character. Also a successful playwright, his Red Dust was made into a movie starring Clarke Gabel. He penned some unusual titles … Expensive Women and Getting Gertie’s Garter are examples.

    Tape your fingernails!

    $60.00

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  • The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    Published by Green Circle books, New York first edition 1932.

    Octavo, 255 pages in excellent condition bar some dust jacket chips. Classic period dust jacket design …. Well better than that!

    Author Robert Leitfred had also penned “The Corpse that Spoke” so this is not the first time he has tackled life after death.

    A wealthy playboy returns home to find he has been swindled out of his inheritance. The swindler dies in a car crash … but has he? … fast moving drama 1930’s style

    Double the suspense with “twice murdered”

    $80.00

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  • The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    Published by Collier, New York 1928. Octavo, 304 pages with the striking period dust jacket designed by S Eldredge

    The strangest of murders with surgical overtones confronts Dick Staines our Cambridge educated detective

    Edgar Wallace was maybe Britain’s most prolific writer of crime novels. He was hugely successful and penned many plays and film scripts. He wrote the film adaptation of Hounds of the Baskervilles and King Kong

    1928 Wallace Double

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