Roger Ebert, in his laudatory Introduction, admits that he’s read more of Georges Simenon’s work than any other author. Of course, Simenon wrote hundreds of novels. Act of Passion, just published in a new edition by New York Review Books (translated by Louise Varese), was first published in 1947. A doctor seemingly has the perfect life: a beautiful wife, two lovely daughters, a devoted mother, and a thriving practice. But, while on trip, the doctor meets a woman he completely falls in love with. And, the more time he spends with her, the stronger his obsessions become. Simenon can out-do most writers with his noirishness. Act of Passion will stay with you long after you read the final pages. Drongo was kind enough to point out that the October 10th issue of The New Yorker includes Joan Acocella’s essay on Georges Simenon which gives a fine overview of his entire writing career.