Death of a Hawker
By Janwillem Van De Wetering
(Soho Crime, Paperback, 9781569470794, 221pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Amsterdam is normally sedate but today there is a riot in Newmarket Square. Constables have blocked access to the 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 this street, his head bashed in, there are only two suspects: his lovely sister and the upstairs boarder. Which one is the killer? Grijipstra and de Gier must discover the murderer's identity before another crime can be committed.
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, and eleven other books in the Grijpstra and de Gier series.
Praise for Janwillem van de Wetering
“Masterly Zen mysteries.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"[Van de Wetering] is doing what Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skull."
"What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and complicated as the criminals."
—The Washington Post
“Van de Wetering’s wry style might be compared to caviar . . . Once you’re hooked, there’s nothing like it.”
—San Diego Union Tribune