Books: Simenon Is Serious

THE SHADOW FALLS—Georges Simenon —Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Every week, the good citizens of La Rochelle saw the respected Donadieu family march in stately procession to Holy Mass, led by Grand Old Man Oscar Donadieu, La Rochelle's eminent shipping magnate. Every week, old Donadieu's youngest daughter, Martine, stealthily opened her bedroom window and admitted her handsome lover, Philippe, La Rochelle's most unscrupulous Casanova.

When father Donadieu began to suspect his daughter's romance, he roared: "If that young ruffian has the nerve to set foot in this house . .I'll throw him out head foremost." Soon...

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