Synopses & Reviews
"A superb storyteller." Chicago Tribune
"A superlative mystery writer." Time
"Van de Wetering's wry style might be compared to caviar....Once you're hooked, there's nothing like it." San Diego Union
"He is doing what Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skill." John Leonard
"What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and compliated and human as the criminals." The Washington Post
Maria van Buren, a beautiful, high-class prostitute is found dead with a knife in her back in her houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. Grijpstra and de Gier must solve the murder. Her tony clients all have sound alibis. Before the murderer is caught, the detectives and their commissaris will investigate allegations of black magic, travel to Curacao, and pursue their clues to a chilly island off the coast of Holland.
About the Author
Janwillem van de Wetering (1931–2008) was born and raised in Rotterdam, but lived most recently in Surry, Maine. He served as a member of the Amsterdam Special Constabulary and was once a Zen Buddhist monk. He is renowned for his detective fiction, including Outsider in Amsterdam, The Corpse on the Dike, The Japanese Corpse, and eleven other books in the Grijpstra and de Gier series.