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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 short story collection The Sergeant's Cat; 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 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 superb storyteller." --Chicago Tribune "A superlative mystery writer." --Time "What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and complicated as the criminals" --The Washington Post "[Van de Wetering] is doing what Simenon might have done if Albert Camus had sublet his skull." --John Leonard