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, Death of a Hawker, 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 Corpse on the Dike "A crisp, cheery follow-up to Tumbleweed." --Kirkus Reviews Praise for Janwillem van de Wetering "Mr. Van de Wetering's policemen are just as likely to . . . marvel at human nature as to shoot it down." --The New York Times "[A] unique atmospheric mix of police procedure, quirky characters, and Zen outlook." --The Boston Globe "[Van de Wetering] is doing what Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skull." --John Leonard "What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and complicated as the criminals." --The Washington Post