Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Death of a Hawker” as Want to Read:
Death of a Hawker
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Death of a Hawker (Grijpstra & de Gier Mystery #4)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A riot has erupted in New Market Square, transforming the normally sedate streets of Amsterdam into a mass of angry protesters. So when the body of the “King” of the local street market is found in his house with his head bashed in, the police are puzzled. The adjoining street has been closed off all day, and the constables stationed outside the scene of the crime didn’t d ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Soho Crime (first published 1977)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Death of a Hawker, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Death of a Hawker

The Discovery of Heaven by Harry MulischDe donkere kamer van Damokles by Willem Frederik HermansThe Assault by Harry MulischDe avonden by Gerard ReveMax Havelaar by Multatuli
The best Dutch literature
228th out of 279 books — 269 voters
Paul & Kiki's Guide to Vacationing in Italy by Paul  StuartThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainBorn Free by Joy AdamsonThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréA Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Books that make you dream of travelling
130th out of 144 books — 20 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 285)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jeffrey Keeten
I had just sent my agent a copy of my latest novel, reams of paper, buckets of sweat, and even some blood from a rather nasty paper cut. I thought the blood added a bit of drama to the work. He called me back and said he’d watched the movie with Robert Redford and had heard the book was really good too. I was incensed. “Are you telling me they made a movie out of “The Great Hatsby”?” He explained that sometimes great writers have similar ideas and that my book was too close to the book called Th ...more
Dalia
I think this is a 3.7! I love this series even when they get over the top (beheading by tractor anyone?)
James Wayne Proctor
This was my first time reading the author and I had no real expectation going in. Now I anticipate reading many more, if they are as good as this one. Curious little passages took me constantly (and pleasantly) by surprise, like the following:

"Grijpstra found de Gier contemplating a tree trunk. The lithe body of the sergeant swayed slightly as he stood, hands folded on his back, staring moodily at the elm's green bark.

Cardozo was watching the sergeant too. 'Don't disturb him,' Cardozo said, hold
...more
David
Charismatic alpha male Abe Rogge is found dead in his room, every bone in his face broken. His sister is in the room below, and an admiring roomer above, while police stand outside as riots scrimmage around the Summer streets. He appears to have been killed by a spiked ball, but nobody saw a thing. The fourth entry in van de Wetering’s Amsterdam Cops series opens like a classic locked room mystery, but these mysteries are anything but traditional. I’ve always enjoyed crime novels that aren’t rea ...more
David
Charismatic alpha male Abe Rogge is found dead in his room, every bone in his face broken. His sister is in the room below, and an admiring roomer above, while police stand outside as riots scrimmage around the Summer streets. He appears to have been killed by a spiked ball, but nobody saw a thing. The fourth entry in van de Wetering’s Amsterdam Cops series opens like a classic locked room mystery, but these mysteries are anything but traditional. I’ve always enjoyed crime novels that aren’t rea ...more
Stefan Percy
Another in the series of books about the adventures of Grijpstra & de Gier. Although, in this one, along with having the Commissaris with them, they also have constable Cardozo tagging along for most of the book.

The book, about the murder of Abe Rogge, a hawker who seemed larger than life, was, as all the books in the series have been so far, very enjoyable. I am really liking Janwillem va de Wetering's writing style. He has a way of telling a story.

So, now I need to track down a copy of the
...more
Monica
This is not the best in the series, for me the least liked so far. The plot was weak, the supplementary characters not very likable and not strongly outlined. I think i also took great offense to one of the main characters speaking so degradingly about his wife and then seeking out the company of a "lady of the night". It was easy to guess who was behind the murder, and why. I think that one of the big complaints i have about this book is that both two of the main characters, Grijpstra and de Gi ...more
Karen
A somewhat sideways tale, but a good read. Am working my way slowly through the series, love the characters.
Mikee
Sweet and endearing, like all van der Wetering's books.
Brenda Mengeling
Death of a Hawker is the third installment in the Amsterdam Cops series by Janwillem van de Wetering (often referred to now as a Grijpstra and De Gier Mystery), and unlike the first two books in the series (Outsider in Amsterdam and Tumbleweed), I didn't like it very much. The plot and the characters unique to this story left me flat. While I highly recommend the first two books, I would give this one a pass. I have the fourth book, and I'll give that a try sometime, to see if this episode was a ...more
Tim
Death of a Hawker takes us back to 70s Amsterdam. It is not an elaborate murder case, it could almost be a TV show in its simplicity. The pleasure is in accompanying the detectives, each from their own unique perspective, as they eat, drink, investigate, and talk with one another against a background of riots across the city. ...more
Lynne-marie
I enjoy the setting and idiosyncrasies of Amsterdam, the self-proclaimed character of the Dutch protagonists and the general zen-like attitude that pervades van de Wetering's books. The plots may wander a bit as does the dialogue, but to my mind, those are part of the appeal of the series and of de Gier & Grijpstra in se.
Jodyg218
It was a good break from more serious reading.
Bettie☯
Description: A riot has erupted in New Market Square, transforming the normally sedate streets of Amsterdam into a mass of angry protesters. So when the body of the “King” of the local street market is found in his house with his head bashed in, the police are puzzled. The adjoining street has been closed off all day, and the constables stationed outside the scene of the crime didn’t detect any unusual activity. There are only two people who could have reasonably committed the violent act: the v ...more
Cal


Nice speculative banter on philosophy, psychology, religion and other mundane topics between colleagues as familiar as old tires. The narrative plotting is a bit stilted but a cool Dutch attitude to what turns life takes is engaging.
Darcy
Such an interesting setting in Amsterdam, but, written in 1977 during the gritty realism stage, I really didn't enjoy having to read every time someone stepped in dog poop. But it was fun that the cops were as quirky and strange as the crooks.
Kay
Having read "the empty mirror", I can see how the time spent in a Zen monastery has influenced his Gripstra and De Gier books.
Jason Paulios
A filler book in the series. But Janwillem's filler is still better than most of the stuff out there.
Carol Lewis
Pretty good mystery. I liked the characters and it was written well so I wanted to keep reading.
Will
have read before, am re-reading all of van de vetering.

who would be similar?
K Jackson
K Jackson marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2015
Émilie Deschamps
Émilie Deschamps marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2015
Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2015
Felicia
Felicia marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2015
Marloes
Marloes marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • After the Silence (Amsterdam Quartet, #1)
  • Ghoul  (Special X, #2)
  • The Rose of Tibet
  • The Camerons
  • The Crime of Olga Arbyelina
  • Disco For The Departed (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #3)
  • Little Fingers
  • In Babylon
  • Sacred Games (The Athenian Mysteries, #3)
  • Murder in the Central Committee (Pepe Carvalho, #5)
  • February House
  • The Chalice: A Glastonbury Ghost Story
  • A Summer of Drowning
  • Death of a Nationalist (Tejada, #1)
  • Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan, #4)
  • Ostland
  • Never End (Inspector Winter, #4)
  • Helsinki Dead (Inspector Kari Vaara, #5)

Other Books in the Series

Grijpstra & de Gier Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Outsider in Amsterdam (Grijpstra & de Gier Mystery #1)
  • Tumbleweed
  • The Corpse on the Dike
  • The Japanese Corpse (Grijpstra & De Gier Mystery, #5)
  • The Blond Baboon
  • The Maine Massacre
  • The Mind-Murders
  • The Streetbird
  • The Rattle-Rat - Grijpstra & De Gier, The Amsterdam Cops (Book 10)
  • Hard Rain
The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery Outsider in Amsterdam (Grijpstra & de Gier Mystery #1) The Corpse on the Dike Tumbleweed A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community

Share This Book