DeKok and the Dead Harlequin

DeKok and the Dead Harlequin

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by A.C. Baantjer
     
 

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This latest Baantjer mystery delves into a grotesque double murder in a well-known Amsterdam hotel. Inspector DeKok must unravel clues from two unexpected characters: a six-year-old girl who has trouble sleeping and a respected accountant who seeks DeKok's advice on committing the perfect crime. In a surprising twist, DeKok meets with the murderer and

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This latest Baantjer mystery delves into a grotesque double murder in a well-known Amsterdam hotel. Inspector DeKok must unravel clues from two unexpected characters: a six-year-old girl who has trouble sleeping and a respected accountant who seeks DeKok's advice on committing the perfect crime. In a surprising twist, DeKok meets with the murderer and tries everything possible to prevent the man from giving himself up to the police. Risking the anger of his superiors, DeKok goes so far as to disappear in order to prevent the perpetrator from being found. With Dead Harlequin, Baantjer has created yet another intelligent, absorbing tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baantjer's ( Murder in Amsterdam ) latest mystery finds his hero, Inspector DeKok, in fine form. His eyebrows continue to have ``a life of their own,'' and they get plenty of exercise in this tale of murderous revenge, as Pierre Brassel, a respected Amsterdam accountant, brazenly asks DeKok for an appointment to discuss how he can commit the perfect murder. At the meeting, he announces that the corpse of Jan Brets, an underworld figure, can be found in a nearby hotel; the meeting is his alibi when Brets is discovered dead, exactly where Brassel said he would be. The victim's head is smashed in and his body shaped into a grotesque harlequin form. A series of red herrings and dead ends leads up to a second murder, in the same place as the first, with the victim's body twisted into the same harlequin form. Brassel again conveniently arranges for DeKok to be his alibi. As in Baantjer's earlier works, the issue of moral ambiguity once again plays heavily here, as DeKok ultimately solves the crimes, but only after threatening to perjure himself, and in the end he lets the double-murderer go free in the interest of a greater good than justice under the law. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933108278
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Inspector DeKok Investigates Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

A. C. Baantjer is the most widely read author in the Netherlands. A former detective inspector of the Amsterdam police, his fictional characters reflect the depth and personality of individuals encountered during his 38-year career in law enforcement. Baantjer holds the honor of being knighted by the Dutch monarchy.

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DeKok and the Dead Harlequin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nefty123 More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the B&N mystery book club I belong to. I did find it enjoyable. The main characters were at times stiff but overall well done. The plot was interesting and Dekok's closing of the case was unexpected. The writing was quirky at times, but that may be because of the translation or author's country. I might pick up another in this series.