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The door
Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989.
Uniform Title:
Porte. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, [1989]

General Note:
Translation of: La porte.

"A Helen and Kurt Wolff book."
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The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work. The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel." Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today," and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers." The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.

(Bowker Author Biography) Georges Simenon was born on February 13, 1903 in Liege, Belgium. He wrote more than 200 fiction works under 16 different pseudonyms. His first book, The Case of Peter the Lent led to 80 more of the like including the main character, Inspector Maigret. He published over 400 books that were translated into 50 different languages and sold by the millions. He also wrote psychological novels, including The Man Who Watched the Train Go By. He died on September 4, 1989 in Lausanne.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Chief Inspector Maigret remains in remarkably good humor tackling this knotty case involving a Belgian emigre bookbinder accused of burning a body in his furnace. The protracted search for evidence beyond the teeth found in the furnace and a blood-stained suit follows the arrival of spring in Paris, which finds Mme. Maigret befriending a woman in a white hat and the little boy she watches in the Place d'Anvers. When it turns out they are connected to her husband's case, Mme. Maigret herself begins to sleuth, tracking down the milliner who made the woman's hat. The ensuing complications involve an ambitious young attorney hoping to make a name for himself from the case, a circus acrobat turned con man, an elderly Italian countess and the leak of information from the Police Judiciare via the sister of a young policeman. Published in France in 1950, this tale is looser in plot than other Maigret mysteries, but, like them, displays Simenon's convincing evocation of his hero's world. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved