From the Publisher
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."
“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.”
“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.”
“A most enjoyable addition to a fine series.”
In another of the author's quirky stories (Just a Corpse at Twilight, 1994, etc.), a long-distance problem is absorbing the time and attention of the Amsterdam commissaris (Chief of Detectives) and a couple of his best menSergeant Rinus de Gier and Adjutant Henk Grijpstra. Bert Termeer, a Dutch bookdealer and 20-year resident of New York City, has been found dead in Central Parkdressed in rags, his body half-destroyed by animals. His nephew Jo Termeer, reared by Bert from age eight, has flown to the US, met with the precinct police, and is unsatisfied with findings of probable heart attack. Termeer is a prosperous, 40-ish, gay hairdresser who has worked ably for years in the volunteer wing of the Amsterdam police and now seeks their help in closing the case. The commissaris, verging on retirement, decides to accept an invitation to a weeklong police congress in Manhattan. Once there, although plagued by flu, he meets Detective Sergeant Earl Hurrell, in charge of the case; sets off a wild goose chase back home; is haunted by the specter of an empty-eyed woman tram driver; and finally gets Sergeant de Gier to join him in the city. Together they meet a series of unlikely strangers spouting dizzy philosophies and track down Charlie Perrin, owner and only other occupant of the downtown warehouse where Bert lived and worked. What they find sends them back to Amsterdam, bizarre solution in hand.
Bizarre could also describe the oblique dialogue herebits of movies; lines of poetry; scraps of teachings from Nietzsche to Zenmost of it having little to do with what's going on. A couple of hefty subplots add substance to an intriguing story often sabotaged by its mannered, antic style.