Books: A Practiced Hand

THE LITTLE SAINT by Georges Simenon. 186 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $4.50.

"When I don't write, I am sick."

The statement possibly explains why Georges Simenon, at 62, has hardly been sick a day in his life. At 16, as a high school dropout in Liege, Belgium, he finished his first novel. At 19, he began producing prose for the Paris pulps at the rate of 80 pages a day. In less than four years he knocked out "more than 300" (he soon lost count) novels and novelettes, and once actually splattered off a quite readable novel in 25 hours. At 25,...

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