The Adventures of Marius Pégomas, Marseille Detective
THE ADVENTURES OF MARIUS PÉGOMAS, MARSEILLE DETECTIVE
by Pierre Yrondy
adapted by Nina Cooper
cover by Genkis
“I wouldn’t bet on their heads staying on their shoulders if you take charge of the investigation. Because, on my faith as Commissioner of Police, Monsieur Pégomas, you’re an ace!”
Pierre Yrondy, the author of The Adventures of Thérèse Arnaud of the French Secret Service, penned those of Marius Pégomas, Marseille Detective, serialized in 35 installments published in 1936. Six of these are being translated here for the first time.
Marius Pégomas is one of the first “regional detectives” and, physically, bears some resemblance to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. He is a portly, yet remarkably fit, crime-solver whose talents prove invaluable to local Police Commissioner Santelli. In this collection, with the help of hisfiancée, the pretty Flora Minuscule, Marius Pégomas tackles to the villainous Gangsters of La Joliette, an Opium-dealing ring and a female child trafficker nicknamed the “Ogress” of the Canebière.
Yrondy’s style is characterized by staccato-delivered sentences, sprinkled with local slang, which give the stories a sense of immediacy and realism.
The Gangsters of La Joliette.
A Crime at the Etang de Berre.
The Opium Dealer.
Tied to the Tracks.
The Ogress of the Canebière.
A Graveyard in a Garden.