Synopses & Reviews
One of the most widely read authors in the Netherlands, A. C. Baantjer continues to captivate a growing audience of American readers. This volume contains two of his favorite stories.
"DeKok and the Sunday Strangler" opens with the strangling death of Fat Sonja, an Amsterdam prostitute of whom Inspector DeKok was fond. Soon a second prostitute is killed, and along with his assistant, Viedder, DeKok begins down a trail of twisted motives and hidden agendas.
"DeKok and the Corpse on Christmas Eve" proves that DeKok himself is not above breaking the law to serve the interest of justice, as he engages a burglar to commit a break-in and then tampers with evidence to entrap the murderer of a young woman.
"Inspector DeKok is part Columbo, part Clouseau, part genius, and part imp. Baantjer has managed to create a figure hapless and honorable, bozoesque and brilliant, but most importantly, a body for whom the reader finds compassion." West Coast Review of Books
"This series is the answer to an insomniac's worst fears." The Boston Globe
"DeKok is a careful, compassionate policeman in the tradition of Maigret." Library Journal
About the Author
Baantjer is one of the most widely read authors in the Netherlands. A former Detective Inspector of the Amsterdam Police, his fictional characters reflect the depth and personality of individuals encountered during his 38 year career in law enforcement. He was recently knighted by the Dutch monarchy.