Two issues I really like in books = regional quirks in mysteries + pet Siamese cats, so I fell actually onerous a number of years in the past for Janwillem van de Wetering’s Amsterdam Cops collection (which I handed on to my husband, who additionally cherished it). For those who’re in want of a pleasant, new-to-you bunch of reads (they’re fairly simple to seek out on-line), examine them out: the writer was each an precise policeman and a Zen scholar who spent a yr in a monastery, and his crime novels (principally printed within the ’70s) are a delightfully healthful Dutch model of TRUE DETECTIVE, the place as a substitute of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson you get this bizarre and really philosophical buddy collection a couple of roly-poly previous family-man cop who companions with a flashy girls’ man in denim fits (he has the Siamese cat, Oliver), and once they’re not fixing crimes they simply type of wordlessly meet up on the workplace and jam on some drums the older cup seized in a case and a flute the youthful cop carries in his denim swimsuit?? In one of many books, if reminiscence serves, a witness joins in on a groove session.
To cite a assessment of the primary e book within the collection, “As long-time followers know, Outsider in Amsterdam, like different van de Wetering mysteries, will not be a e book to learn for pleasure, violence, or catharsis. It’s a ‘soft-boiled’ thriller to have interaction one’s mind and evoke the easy-going and permissive perspective of Seventies Amsterdam and of its two well-known fictional cops, who’re amazingly chilled-out and who deal with everybody, together with suspects and criminals, with respect and decency.”