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Janwillem van de Wetering (1931–2008)

Teoksen Outsider in Amsterdam tekijä

87+ Works 5,827 Jäsentä 139 arvostelua 21 Favorited

About the Author

Janwillem Van de Wetering was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands on February 12, 1931. He traveled extensively, both geographically and philosophically, his adventures ranging from being a motorcycle gang member to a Buddhist, a real estate salesman in Australia to an exporter in Holland. He was a näytä lisää police officer in Amsterdam from 1966 to 1975 and his crime novels featuring detectives Grijpstra and De Gier were based on his experiences. He also wrote a trilogy based on the time he spent at a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery and wrote children's books about a porcupine named Hugh Pine. In 1984, he received the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He died on July 4, 2008 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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(dut) Jan van de Wetering is not the same as Janwillem van de Wetering

(eng) Jan van de Wetering is not the same as Janwillem van de Wetering


Tekijän teokset

Outsider in Amsterdam (1975) 645 kappaletta
Kuolema kanavalla (1976) 322 kappaletta
Tumbleweed (1976) 320 kappaletta
Taidekauppiaan kuolema (1977) 304 kappaletta
Mainen viikatemies (1979) 293 kappaletta
Tappava äly (1981) 246 kappaletta
The Blond Baboon (1978) 244 kappaletta
Death of a Hawker (1977) 243 kappaletta
The Rattle-Rat (1984) 234 kappaletta
Tappava sade (1986) 222 kappaletta
Katulintu (1982) 213 kappaletta
Just a Corpse at Twilight (1993) 209 kappaletta
The Hollow-Eyed Angel (1995) 175 kappaletta
The Perfidious Parrot (1996) 170 kappaletta
De verdachte Verheugt (1980) 115 kappaletta
Komisario Saiton pieni satori (1985) 109 kappaletta
Amsterdam Cops: Collected Stories (1999) 93 kappaletta
Hugh Pine (1980) 79 kappaletta
The Butterfly Hunter (1982) 51 kappaletta
Murder by Remote Control (1986) 45 kappaletta
De tatoeëerder en andere verhalen (1980) — Säveltäjä — 38 kappaletta
Hugh Pine and the Good Place (1986) 35 kappaletta
Distant danger: The 1988 Mystery Writers of America anthology (1988) — Editor & Contributor — 28 kappaletta
Oikukkaat miljoonat (1988) 27 kappaletta
Hugh Pine and Something Else (1989) 21 kappaletta
Het veilige gevoel (1984) 15 kappaletta
Leider war es Mord (1989) 8 kappaletta
Mangrove Mama (1995) 7 kappaletta
So etwas passiert doch nicht. (1989) 7 kappaletta
Papou d'amsterdam (le) (1999) 6 kappaletta
Een vrouw van zeven voet (1981) 6 kappaletta
Kuh fängt Hase. Stories. (1998) 5 kappaletta
Misdaad in de lage landen (1982) 5 kappaletta
Totenkopf und Kimono (1992) 3 kappaletta
Katten (1979) 3 kappaletta
Die entartete Seezunge (2002) 3 kappaletta
Op zoek naar het ongerijmde (1980) 3 kappaletta
Aap een klassieke Chinese roman (1987) 3 kappaletta
Habgier. (1999) 2 kappaletta
Blut in der Morgenröte (1994) 2 kappaletta
Stachel-Charlie (1999) 2 kappaletta
Der blonde Affe 1 kappale
De rode hoed (1980) 1 kappale
Stekel Stavast (1988) 1 kappale
De zesde deur — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Dios los cria (1981) 1 kappale
Sechs (2003) 1 kappale
Misdaadverhalen 1 kappale

Associated Works

Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (0018) — Johdanto, eräät painokset759 kappaletta
Kiinalaiset sokkelomurhat (1957) — Johdanto, eräät painokset467 kappaletta
Viisi suotuisaa pilveä ja muita kertomuksia (1967) — Johdanto, eräät painokset433 kappaletta
Murha à la carte : 27 herkullista murhaa talon tapaan (1984) — Avustaja — 192 kappaletta
Pahan palkka : vuosisadan parhaat jännityskertomukset (2001) — Avustaja — 154 kappaletta
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 98 kappaletta
Hocus Bogus (1976) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset; Jälkisanat, eräät painokset89 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Purr-Fect Crime (1989) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 65 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla




A recluse who lived like a slob despite having a home crammed full of valuable antiques is found dead, shot between the eyes by someone with the skills of a professional marksman. The most likely suspect appears to be the man's lesbian neighbor, who may have been jealous of her beautiful housemate's interest in the man and who also had the skills necessary to pull off the shot.

This book wasn't a good fit for me at all. I don't know where I got the willpower necessary to finish it, but somehow I managed it.

It seems that this may have at least partly been a cultural issue - this excellent review on Goodreads explains how Grijpstra and De Gier's policing style incorporates the Dutch concept of gezelligheid. I could definitely tell that they had a more laid-back approach to policing than I expected, and I recall being intrigued by the negative way characters, even (especially?) police officers, responded to things phrased as orders.

That said, this book made for excruciatingly slow reading, and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters (in fact, I had trouble remembering which one was Grijpstra and which one was De Gier most of the time). I haven't read the previous two books in the series, but I don't think that was as much of an issue as the characters' overall attitude. It probably didn't help that the way the various police characters leered at female witnesses made my skin crawl. The best part was when this hilariously backfired on De Gier and left him stranded without gas, stuck with an annoying child and a troublesome woman.

Not a series I plan on revisiting.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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Familiar_Diversions | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 8, 2023 |
I read this last spring--last winter, if you don't live in Ireland--and so don't trust myself to give an accurate summary of it. But half a year later it's still the funniest book I've read this year and I actually feel sure it will amuse me just as much when I read it again. An intelligent book, too: What an author less clever would have presented as broadly humourous is in Rattle-Rat absurdly comic instead. Possibly unlikely to appeal to devotees of detective stories as though plot is beneath it all strong enough and characters are distinct one from the others, both elements are part of s lark.… (lisätietoja)
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bluepiano | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 10, 2023 |
Sometimes you gotta take your surrealism wherever you can find it.
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Kiramke | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
There is such a sense of space in these books, I find them remarkably calming. That's maybe a weird review for a mystery series, but the story itself is somewhat secondary.
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Kiramke | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |



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