Books: Man in trhe Moon

Man in the Moon

TROPIC MOON—Georges Simenon—Harcourt, Brace ($2).

This book is called by its publishers the first "mature" novel by France's most famed detective-story writer, the creator of Inspector Maigret. Hot melodrama would be a better term for it. A young, naive Frenchman, Joseph Timar, goes out to work at the Equatorial African trading post of Libreville. At the town's only hotel, he stares at the grinning masks on the walls, cranks up a phonograph with a big, old-fashioned horn, drinks his first "peg" of whiskey and feels like a young rakehell. The...

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