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The Hollow-eyed Angel


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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; The Maine Massacre, which garnered him the Grand Prix de Litt rature Polici re; and ten other books in the Amsterdam Cops series.


The 13th adventure for the Amsterdam cops (after Just a Corpse at Twilight) leaves Grijpstra at home and follows the ailing commissaris (the head of the force) and de Gier to Manhattan on the meandering trail of a Dutch national's death in Central Park. In Amsterdam, Johan Termeer, a hairdresser and civilian member of the auxiliary police, asks the commissaris to prod the NYPD investigation into the death of his uncle, Bert Termeer, who had operated a mail-order book business in New York. The elderly man's body had been found under some bushes in the park; an autopsy determined death by heart attack, and the police were suggesting that his body had been mutilated after death by raccoons. The elderly commissaris, troubled by a recurrent nightmare about a beautiful blonde bus driver with empty eyes, flies to New York for a police conference and checks in with his American colleagues. His messages home are confused enough to warrant de Gier's joining him, while Grijpstra does background checks in Amsterdam. De Gier has an encounter with a mounted policewoman; he and his elderly superior are puzzled by Bert's housemate in a Tribeca warehouse. Very little turns out as expected‘not the cause of death of a high-living homosexual golfer in the Netherlands, nor the death (or the life) of Bert Termeer‘in this leisurely tale whose shape declares itself as randomly as a waterstain on a ceiling‘or the events of real lives. (July)

Praise for The Hollow-Eyed Angel

"True to form, van de Wetering keeps you guessing, tempers unflinching violence and amoral activities with thoughtful perspectives, and leaves his regular characters plenty of room to grow . . . Engaging."
--Entertainment Weekly "Van de Wetering has a light touch as he moves his detectives through one interview after another, the evidence mixed always with issues of morality and punishment, intent and act . . . Keep[s] you moving along with a satisfied smile."
--Washington Book Post World "First and foremost in the genre is, once again, Janwillem van de Wetering . . . He knows police work and policemen, and he's as sly as a Zen koan."
--Men's Journal "A welcome addition to a unique series. This is a Dutch treat that is an acquired taste. But it is certainly one worth acquiring."
--Maine Sunday Telegram "[A] satisfying mystery along with the extensive character studies. Janwillem van de Wetering knows what he's about."
--Trenton Times "A most enjoyable addition to a fine series."

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