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Murder in Amsterdam

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
One of the most widely read authors in the Netherlands, A.C. Baantjer continues to captivate a growing audience of American readers. This volume contains two of his favorite stories."DeKok and the Sunday Strangler" opens with the strangling death of Fat Sonja, an Amsterdam prostitute of whom Inspector DeKok was fond. Soon a second prostitute is killed, and along with his a ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Intrigue Press (first published 1993)
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Janet Beday
May 23, 2017 Janet Beday rated it really liked it
It is fascinating to see how different cultures approach crime fiction. The Dutch tend to have a very pragmatic, gritty interpretation but oddly tend to be more English than German in the way they develop characters and twisted plots. This book includes two stories featuring Inspector DeKok. The Sunday Stranger is quite typical, dealing with the murder of prostitutes. Whilst the stories are well developed, it is the characters that make these stories stand out. You can almost see the canals and ...more
Sharron
Nov 03, 2016 Sharron rated it liked it
Straight forward traditional police detective series set in Amsterdam.
Bev
You see, the actual fact, the crime, is now more than the act. There's always a chain of events that lead up to the crime. That chain is started somewhere, a seed is planted. And when you start looking for that beginning, you'll find, sooner or later, a point at which somebody, either because of love, or the lack of it, out of hate, or an excess of it, for profit, or whatever, somebody, somewhere, at some time, shirked his responsibility toward his fellow man. Either consciously or subconsciousl ...more
Larissa
"Both stories are very easy to take," proclaims the Kirkus Review quote on the front of my copy. High praise indeed. But really, I very much enjoyed the two novellas included in Murder in Amsterdam. Baantjer, I discovered, is one of the most-read authors in The Netherlands, and that's certainly understandable. Both stories deal with the deaths of young women (one a prostitute, one a working girl who 'gets around,' to be euphemistic) which on the face, seem completely random. De Kok (the spelling ...more
Edward
Nov 01, 2014 Edward added it
A serial killer is killing prostitutes in the Red Light District. A dead body is found in one of Amsterdam's canals. These are the premises behind DeKok and the Sunday Strangler and DeKok and the Corpse on Christmas Eve, the two novels in A. C. Baantjer's Murder in Amsterdam and the beginning of the author's DeKok series. Think of DeKok as the Dutch counterpart of Agatha Christie's famous detective, Belgian Hercule Poirot. DeKok has his own idiosyncratic quirks (i.e. his eyebrows have a life of ...more
Edward
Oct 25, 2014 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer is killing prostitutes in the Red Light District. A dead body is found in one of Amsterdam's canals. These are the premises behind DeKok and the Sunday Strangler and DeKok and the Corpse on Christmas Eve, the two novels in A. C. Baantjer's Murder in Amsterdam and the beginning of the author's DeKok series. Think of DeKok as the Dutch counterpart of Agatha Christie's famous detective, Belgian Hercule Poirot. DeKok has his own idiosyncratic quirks (i.e. his eyebrows have a life of ...more
Martin Mulcahey
Jun 26, 2016 Martin Mulcahey rated it really liked it
Two novella size works in this compendium, with both stories giving insight on dynamic of an older detective handing off duties to a newer generation whose new tools may be inferior to human intuition? Inspector Dekok is an unexciting but complex character whose steady mind makes correct connections, and unlike many police figures has a loving home-life and is not ground under by his job hiding inside a bottle. Stories and plot are solid with a good sense of place as Amsterdam life is described ...more
Berry
Sep 13, 2015 Berry rated it really liked it
Straightforward police procedural. Easy to read, sure, a minor but pleasant mystery with a cool character, all the more interesting because the author was himself a detective in Amsterdam.

I will definitely check out more of "the Cock" in future and maybe even swing by the museum next time I go to Amsterdam. I find "the Cock" very intriguing.

I think I'll next read De Cock en een strop voor Bobby, just on the English translation of the title alone, The Cock and a Sling for Bobby.
Mary
Apr 02, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
wanted Amsterdam culture. didn't really want the red light district tho :) but like the main character...who has character.
Katie
Aug 26, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
Intriguing mystery from a Dutch author... a bit sad, though.
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ALBERT CORNELIS BAANTJER is the most widely read author in the Netherlands and has written more than fifty "DeKok" titles. He has also written other fiction and nonfiction and wrote a daily column in a Dutch newspaper. He was an inspector with the Amsterdam Police for thirty-eight years. Baantjer lived in Medemblik, The Netherlands.
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