Synopses & Reviews
The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof's jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. But when Degroof's offspring also receive letters with this same square, Inspector Pieter Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrases, a baroness' fallen family, and Degroof's relationship with a hostage grandchild, who has been ransomed for a priceless collection of art.
"Pulp fiction is great for the beach, but there's nothing like a good destination mystery to take you out of town for the summer. is a welcome addition. Set in the splendid medieval city of Bruges, it stars Inspector Pieter Van In, a brusque cop with every bad habit you can think of, and whose insider's view of this ancient and grandly aloof city are priceless." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book review
"Offbeat characters and an unusual plot lift Belgian author Aspe's first Pieter Van In novel to be translated into English. Van In and his eccentric cast of colleagues will be welcome companions for many readers, who will probably find comparisons to Simenon's Maigret." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Flemish Georges Simenon." Le Figaro (France)
An ancient family name hides sinister secrets of love and betrayal, riches and revenge in Pieter Aspe's tantalizing English-language debut.
About the Author
Pieter Aspe is the author of a series detective stories starring inspector Van In.