Books: Witness for the Prosecution

INTIMATE MEMOIRS by Georges Simenon; Translated by Harold J. Salemson Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 815 pages; $22.95

A few facts in the case of Author Georges Simenon, 81, are not in dispute. He has written more than 400 books, some 220 under his own name, including the immensely popular Inspector Maigret novels. The native-born Belgian had scarcely launched his career in Paris during the 1920s when the money began rolling in; royalties and subsidiary rights reaped from the movies and TV made him wealthy many times over. His personal life has not matched the success...

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