The Japanese Corpse (Grijpstra and de Gier Series #5)

The Japanese Corpse (Grijpstra and de Gier Series #5)

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by Janwillem van de Wetering
     
 

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The fifth Amsterdam Cops mystery

A beautiful waitress at Amsterdam’s most elegant Japanese restaurant reports that her boyfriend, a Japanese art dealer, is missing. The police search throughout the Netherlands and finally locate a corpse. But to find the killer, the commissaris and de Gier must travel to Japan and match wits with a yakuza

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The fifth Amsterdam Cops mystery

A beautiful waitress at Amsterdam’s most elegant Japanese restaurant reports that her boyfriend, a Japanese art dealer, is missing. The police search throughout the Netherlands and finally locate a corpse. But to find the killer, the commissaris and de Gier must travel to Japan and match wits with a yakuza chieftain in his lair.

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“[Van de Wetering] has a genuine gift for characterization . . . The villains are the yakuza, Japan’s Mafia, who of course have their own extralegal culture with its warriors, taboos, codes, and pretty girls. The author obviously knows the methods of his florid villains very well.”
TIME

“What atmosphere! Elegant! Satisfying!”
The Baltimore Sun

“The ending is slambang!”
—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569470572
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Grijpstra and de Gier Series, #5
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
723,329
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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Meet the Author

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 short story collection The Sergeant’s Cat; The Maine Massacre, which garnered him the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; and ten other books in the Amsterdam Cops series.

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Japanese Corpse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Nouveau7 More than 1 year ago
Van De Wetering is an interesting crime writer with a Buddhist twist. Thrilled to find some of his works in ebook format.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite of Van de Wettering's 'Amsterdam Cops' series. The tale begins in Amsterdam and quickly works its way across the globe to Japan where our intrepid Detective De Gier and his commissar portray themselves as Dutch smugglers in order to draw out and capture a high ranking member of the Japanese Mafia (the Yakusa). We encounter interesting characters of all stripes - corrupt Buddhist monks, yakusa thugs, vengeful Japanese police, fragile call-girls and an underworld counter-part to the commisaris himself. All in all, a highly colorful, amusing and thoughtful Detective story. The dialogue cruises along at a good clip and Van de Wettering paints in a minimum of words a vivid picture of both the seamier side of Japan and the nobler sides of many of its inhabitants.