"ONE OF THE GREAT REVOLUTIONISTS OF THE DETECTIVE STORY"
SIMENON, Georges. The Man Who Watched The Trains Go By. London: George Routledge & Sons, (1942). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $2200.
First edition in English, the basis for the 1952 film of the same name.
To critic Anthony Boucher, Simenon stands as “one of the great revolutionists of the detective story” (New York Times Book Review). "From the moment Pamela, the pretty cabaret dancer, comes to an untimely end in an Amsterdam hotel and the placid, chess-playing Dutchman, Kees Popinga, is plunged into a series of narrow escapes, ingenious move and counter-move in his chess-match with the Sûreté Générale of Paris, there is no let-up in the suspense till the dramatic climax of the last chapter" (from the dust jacket). First published in French in 1938. Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert. Owner signature.
Only very faint foxing to dust jacket. A lovely copy in nearly fine condition.