"To sin or not to have sinned, that is the question" raised by the head of Amsterdam's Murder Brigade in this 13th installment of the series by Janwillem van de Wetering. A Buddhist mystic, the Murder Brigade leader is off to New York with an underling, the nihilist Sergeant de Gier, to solve the murder of a countryman who dies under horrible conditions in Central Park. Like its 12 predecessors, this is a Zen mystery, and simple questions of guilt and innocence sometimes take a back seat to deeper philosophical musings.
Janwillem Van De Wetering
About Janwillem Van De Wetering
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 The Hollow-Eyed Angel
"True to form, van de Wetering keeps you guessing, tempers unflinching violence and amoral activities with thoughtful perspectives, and leaves his regular characters plenty of room to grow . . . Engaging." —Entertainment Weekly
“Van de Wetering has a light touch as he moves his detectives through one interview after another, the evidence mixed always with issues of morality and punishment, intent and act . . . Keep[s] you moving along with a satisfied smile.” —Washington Book Post World
“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
“A welcome addition to a unique series. This is a Dutch treat that is an acquired taste. But it is certainly one worth acquiring.” —Maine Sunday Telegram
“[A] satisfying mystery along with the extensive character studies. Janwillem van de Wetering knows what he’s about.” —Trenton Times
“A most enjoyable addition to a fine series.” —Booklist
The Hollow-Eyed Angel by Janwillem van de Wetering