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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 clues to a chilly island off the coast of Holland.
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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 Littérature Policière, and ten other books in the Amsterdam Cops series.Review:
Praise for Janwillem van de Wetering
“What Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skull.”
“Masterly Zen mysteries.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A superlative mystery writer.”
“Engaging . . . The policemen are as quirky and complicated and human as the criminals.”
—The Washington Post
“If you are entirely innocent of van de Wetering, I envy you. You’ve got a dozen or so terrific books to read by one of the oddest minds ever to unriddle enigmatic crimes.”
—CBS Sunday Morning
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: New. Book is tight and clean. DJ has a tiny bit of wear on extremities but is still bright. Seller Inventory # 67994
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