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 Littï¿½rature Policiï¿½re, and ten other books in the Amsterdam Cops series.
Returning after Hard Rain and an eight-year absence are the author's retired-still quirkily honorable and often misbehaving-Amsterdam cops, Grijpstra and de Gier. Responding to de Gier's trans-Atlantic call for help, Grijpstra leaves the cozy embrace of his mistress, Nellie, for a daunting journey to a small coastal island in Maine where his former partner has gone to seek solitude and wisdom (sometimes with the help of illegal substances) and is being blackmailed for having pushed a local woman, his sometime lover, over a cliff to her death. Key to Grijpstra's investigation are a wealth of deftly etched secondary characters: Ishmael, his pilot to Jamestown, Maine, who also collects found art; a corrupt, bald sheriff called Hairy Harry; two down-and-out fishermen, Flash and Bad George; a waitress from Hawaii named Akiapola'au and her lover, Beth, owner of Beth's Diner; a bear; and a dog named Kathy Two, thought to be the reincarnation of Flash's mother (Kathy One). Overseeing the antic action like distant gods are the cops' former boss, the commissaris in Amsterdam and the local property holder, Bildah Farnsworth. More than one drug-running operation, a money-making scam of lesser proportion, gratuitous cruelty, venality, a Papuan rite of revenge and intelligent, unpredictable humor wrap up this narrative delight. (Oct.)
Praise for Just a Corpse at Twilight *Finalist for the Anthony Award* "The many fans of the series should find enjoyment in Just a Corpse at Twilight, as should those readers who prefer their fictional crimes unorthodox, cerebral and slightly outrageous." --The New York Times Book Review "It is very good news for van de Wetering's international legion of fans that de Gier, Grijpstra and the commissioner are back." --The Boston Globe "What makes this book much fun to read is its tone: clever, wry, ironic, yet gripping . . . This is sophisticated, intelligent entertainment . . . You'll want more." --Men's Journal "Intelligent, unpredictable humor . . . [a] narrative delight." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Splendid." --The Guardian "Van de Wetering is an utterly charming writer, full of wit and humor and sharp insight, a unique voice in the chorus of mystery writers." --The Ottawa Citizen "Less a mystery novel than a novel about mystery . . . as usual in this piquant, much-loved series." --Kirkus Reviews "The welcome return of Amsterdam police detectives Henk Grijpstra and Rinus de Gier . . . Witty [and] entertaining." --The Rotarian 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." --John Leonard "A superb storyteller." --Chicago Tribune "First and foremost in the genre is, once again, Janwillem van de Wetering...he knows police work and policemen, and he's as sly as a Zen koan." --Men's Journal "What atmosphere! Elegant! Satisfying!" --Baltimore Sun "What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and complicated as the criminals." --The Washington Post