Books: Murder in January, Feb. 2, 1942

MAIGRET SITS IT OUT—Georges Simenon—Harcourt, Brace ($2). The phlegmatic French detective moves through two stories of murder among pre-war Paris' underworld and petite bourgeoisie. Excellent as quivering slices of lowlife, and as studies in psychology. The detecting is typical Maigret.

FOOTSTEPS BEHIND HER—Mitchell Wilson—Simon & Schuster ($2). A hounds-and-hare, cat-and-mouse opera, with a frightened girl as the quarry, and secret airplane plans the prize. Simmering with suspense and action, and extremely well written.

DEATH TURNS THE TABLES—John Dickson Carr—Harper ($2). A capital battle of wits between gruff old Dr. Fell and a nimble...

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