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While in the neighborhood investigating a pet poisoner, Grijpstra and de Gier of the Amsterdam police are called to the home of a wealthy, middle-aged woman, the former lover of a man known only as "The Baboon," when her body turns up in her garden.
A recluse has been shot right between the eyes as he stood looking out of his bedroom window. His neighbor, a schoolteacher who is a pistol shot champion, admits she discovered the body and failed to report it. Is she really guilty of murder?
Amsterdam is normally sedate but today there is a riot in Newmarket Square. Constables have blocked access to adjoining Straight Tree Ditch Road all day. When the body of the "King" of the local street market is found in a room in his house on that street, his head bashed in, there are only two suspects: his lovely sister or the up-stairs boarder. Which one is the killer? Grijipstra and de Gier must discover the murderer's identity before another crime can be committed. "Death of a Hawker is the fourth in the internationally acclaimed Amsterdam Cops series.
On a stormy night in Amsterdam, banker Martin Ijsbreker is killed by a sniper as he sits by an open window at his home along the Binnenkant Canal. Three junkies then enter Ijsbreker's house, arrange his death to look like suicide and steal valuables for which they will be paid in heroin. The next day the addicts are found dead of overdoses in a houseboat on the Binnenkant, and Chief Inspector Halba, in charge of the Murder Brigade while his superior, the commissaris, is on holiday, dismisses their deaths as accidental. The commissaris and his trusted subordinates, Adjutant Grijpstra and Sergeant de Gier, heroes of van de Wetering's superlative Dutch crime series (Outsider in Amsterdam, The Rattle-Rat, etc.), suspect that the four deaths on the canal are linked, especially since Ijsbreker had been an officer at the Banque du Credit and connected to its nefarious affiliate, the Society for Help Abroad, both run by evil Willem Fernandus. But the virtuous trimuvirate are ordered off the case and relieved of their duties by Amsterdam's corrupt chief of police. How can they catch a gang of murderous criminals when, as de Gier says, "We're the only good guys left"? Happily, they manage to, in a fast-moving story that combines action, detection, satire, Zen philosophy and pure fun, and shows van de Wetering to be at the top of his form.
The commissaris is about to be retired from the Amsterdam Police when Johan Termeer, a volunteer cop, comes to him with a personal request. Termeer's only relative has been found dead in New York City, under an azalea bush in Central Park. New York's Finest can't seem to explain the cause of death. He fears that his eccentric old Uncle Bert may have been murdered! Can't the commissaris help? The commissaris, who is being haunted by the nightmare of a skull superimposed upon the image of a sexy blonde streetcar driver, is reluctant to intervene. But since he has a Police Convention to attend in New York anyway, he agrees to make an inquiry. And the death's head dream comes true.
A beautiful Eurasian waitress employed at Amsterdam's most elegant Japanese restaurant reports that her boyfriend, a Japanese art dealer, is missing. The police search throughout The Netherlands and finally locate a corpse. The search for the killer involves a trip to Japan where DeGier must match his wits with a yakusa chieftain. The fifth in the Amsterdam Cops series.
Retired Amsterdam cop Henk Grijpstra gets a frantic phone call from his old partner, Rinus de Gier - now living on an island near Jamestown, Maine - who thinks he may have killed his girlfriend. He can't remember, he was drunk. He is being blackmailed, he may be arrested. Will his old partner please fly over at once? Could de Gier possibly be a murderer? Urged on by their former superior officer, the commissaris, Grijpstra travels to Maine to rescue his partner and to confront his own demons as well as de Gier's.
The accidental death of his brother-in-law sends Grijpstra--with his companion de Gier in tow--to Jamestown, Maine, where they find a town full of suspects and a series of shady real estate deals.
The accidental death of his brother-in law sends the comissaris to the secluded town of Jamestown, Maine. As part of an international police exchange, de Gier goes along to see the United States. But there were six prior mysterious deaths in the area and the two find themselves neck-deep in a murder investigation--with shady real estate deals, a town full of suspects, and the icy breath of a cold-blooded killer stalking their every move.
A Grijpstra & De Gier Mystery Mr Fortune is suspected of murdering his wife which leads Grijpstra and de Gier to the unidentified corpse of a man stuffed into the boot of a Mercedes. But where is the body of Mrs Fortune and whose is the body in the Merc? Tracking a killer without a corpse and a corpse without a killer, the Amsterdam cops finally arrive at the bone-chilling truth in a blaze of brilliance, intuition, and intrigue.
Piet Verboom is found dangling from a beam in the Hindist Society he ran as a restaurant-commune in a quiet Amsterdam street. Detective-Adjutant Gripstra and Sergeant de Gier of the Amsterdam police force are sent to investigate what looks like a simple suicide. Outsider in Amsterdam is the first in the Amsterdam Cops series of internationally renowned mysteries.
A Grijpstra & De Gier Mystery Grijpstra and De Gier are being blackmailed. A wealthy yacht owner and his son want the retired policemen to investigate the hijacking in the Caribbean of an entire cargo of oil from a supertanker and are threatening to reveal information they have on them to the tax authorities. Their rendezvous is Key West where, amongst other things, they are confronted by a murder. 'One of the masters of the mystery form. ' - Los Angeles Times
Douwe Scherjoen was a well-to-do livestock dealer from the remote Dutch province of Friesland. Then his corpse was found, half-charred by flames, floating in a dory in Amsterdam's harbor. No one knows why he was in the nation's capital, far from the bucolic pleasures of his native village of Dingjum. But since Grijpstra is Friesian by birth and can understand the dialect, he and his partner de Gier are dispactched to find the killer--or at least the motive for the crime. And they discover that while no one, not even his wife, liked the victim, the culprit is the unlikliest suspect of all.
What appears to be the welcome murder of a local, much-disliked pimp turns out to be much larger than that single crime as the Dutch authorities struggle to get to the bottom of the shocking truth.
A Grijpstra & De Gier Mystery Sergeant de Gier sees a vulture at the scene of a murder in Amsterdam's red light district. The victim was a despicable pimp but is now only a police matter to be disposed of with typical Dutch tidiness. However, once Grijpstra, de Gier and the canny commisaris get involved, their search leads to a denouement infinitely more shocking than the crime itself. ". . . is his most satisfying book so far. " - Chicago Tribune
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 DeGier must solve the murder. Her regular clients all have sound alibis and before the murderer is caught the detectives and their commissaries will investigate allegations of black magic, travel to Curacao and pursue their clues to a chilly island off the coast of Holland. "He is doing what Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skull. " - John Leonard
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