Press Release: Maigret Set 2
Maigret in Society, Maigret Sets a Trap, Maigret’s Mistake
Illustrated by Harry Brockway
‘A writer who, more than any other crime novelist, combined a high literary reputation with popular appeal’
The quintessential French detective returns with an irresistible three volume collection of classic crime novels, each carefully chosen by our editors to represent the very best of Jules Maigret. In Maigret in Society, Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Mistake, we see the detective wrestle with the upper echelons of the French aristocracy, attempt to foil a crazed murderer on the streets of Paris, and investigate the pervasive influence of a charismatic brain surgeon. Full of the psychological astuteness and elegant writing that made Simenon enormously popular with his fellow writers as well as readers, these three volumes are produced in series with our first Maigret collection.
George Simenon was a remarkably prolific writer, producing hundreds of novels and numerous short stories in his lifetime, but it is for the creation of the French detective Jules Maigret that he is most celebrated. Although born in Belgium, Simenon moved to Paris with his lover Régine Renchon in 1922, and became deeply familiar with the city’s lively nightlife, especially its bars, bistros and restaurants. This intimacy flavours his Maigret novels, creating what Julian Barnes called ‘Maigretland’: a romanticised version of France that nevertheless retains a sense of grit amongst the glamour.
For this three-volume Maigret set, Harry Brockway has turned his eye once again to the classic French detective, creating a series of bold black and white wood-engravings that capture the atmosphere and emotional heft of Georges Simenon’s works. The bindings feature a striking image of the detective himself, while the title is blocked in silver on the clothcovered slipcase.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Garamond with Trajan display. 472 pages across three volumes. 5 integrated b&w wood engravings per volume. Spotted Eco endpapers. Blocked cloth slipcase. 8¾˝ x 5½˝
UK £79.95 US $115.00 Can $150.00 Aus $170.00
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