The latest novel from the creator of the Van der Valk and Castaing detective series and the first of Arcadia's new EuroCrime series. A young woman is found dead in the Dutch dunes - it is pretty obvious who did it but why?
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Nicolas Freeling has spent much of his adult life in Europe achieving success first as a chef and later as a celebrated novelist. He is the author of 35 highly-acclaimed crime novels, including The Janeites, Some Day Tomorrow and Because of all the Cats, all published by Arcadia. He is the winner of the Golden Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association, the Grand Prix de Roman Policier and the Edgar Allen Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America.From Publishers Weekly:
Author of more than three dozen books, Edgar Award-winner Freeling remains willing to take chances and eschews the formulaic in this psychological tour de force. His narrator, Hubertus van Bijl, a 70-year-old retired Dutch flower grower, makes a rambling, broken confession, without chapter breaks. Just what Bert, as he calls himself, is confessing to is unclear, though the reader learns quickly of a young woman's murder and of Bert's routine questioning by the police. Sometimes ruminative, sometimes passionate, Bert paints a detailed self-portrait of a respectable Dutch businessman, husband, father and friendDwell educated and knowledgeable about many subjects. That portrait is juxtaposed with another that emerges more slowly, of a man approaching the end of his life. Shunted into retirement, Bert finds himself increasingly isolated. He speaks kindly, even affectionately, of his wife, Willy, but there is little warmth there. Bert's attempts at meaningful connections with a young woman, Lalage, and later with the wife of a friend are excruciating to watch. Closer questioning by the police, arrest and psychological testing do not break Bert's stoical resolve, but add weight to the narrative. (Dec. 1)
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