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.
Praise for The Streetbird
"Much of the action of Streetbird revolves around the idea of 'the honor of the station, ' and it is refreshing to hear of policemen who think in these terms. In fact, everything about Mr. Van de Wetering's [ninth] novel is refreshing."
--The New York Times Book Review "Before he's done, van de Wetering will have his say on ghettos, pornography, capitalism, est, Gurdjieff, and zero . . . The first modernist detective. To row on his dream canal, to be followed by his symbolic turtle, is to be more than disconcerted; it is to be ambushed."
--Vanity Fair "Van de Wetering's fame has grown to millions of readers . . . The Streetbird is his most satisfying book so far!"
--Chicago Tribune "A very special sort of mystery writer . . . Mystical, exotic and moodily ironic."