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Love in Amsterdam (Van Der Valk #1)

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Alluring, unstable, and frantically self-absorbed, Elsa de Charmoy was a dangerous woman, and now she's a dead one, shot with a gun bought by her former lover. Sulking in an Amsterdam jail, he swears it's been years since he saw Elsa, but Inspector Van der Valk isn?t quite ready to be persuaded. Like Inspector Maigret (to whom he is often compared), Van der Valk tends to p...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1975)
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Michele Weiner
First impressions are often unreliable, but I just couldn't wait to tell you about this author. I believed he was from the Netherlands, since he writes about a detective from Amsterdam and pretends to know all the inside stuff only a native would know and throws in lots of Dutch words. But he's from England. He's apparently traveled widely in Europe, and now lives in France. So you see what I thought was a very poor translation from Dutch to British English is just very poor British English with...more
Andrew Wildman
I have always enjoyed Van der Valk (remember the TV series?) and the books are great, if not always an easy read. I would have liked a bit more in the way of characterization and location and a bit less crime solving but a good read and a must for any true Nederlandophile.
I started the book some time in February, but it was so boring I ended up reading at least a dozen other books before giving it a second try. The covers promise it to be "The most outstanding detective in European fiction since Maigret", a clip they've added from NYT book review. That New York Times book review must have been when the book was first released in 1962, since it's hard to find ten more boring European detectives. Or it's all loosely definable by how and to what you apply the outsta...more
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Set in the early 1960s primarily in Amsterdam, this novel is both a mystery and a character study of the femme fatale victim and her "wronged man" suspect. Despite a number of place references to actual Amsterdam sites, it is not that successful in evoking the city and the bohemian atmosphere in which the protagonists act. Curiously, the detective investigating the murder is not the focus of the novel and does not appear in the middle third of the novel. For readers who did not live through the...more
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John Frankham
The first van der Valk detective novel from 1962. Great picture of early post-war Amsterdam, and psychologically true range of characters.
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Interesting, short detective book.
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Nicolas Freeling born Nicolas Davidson, (March 3, 1927 - July 20, 2003) was a British crime novelist, best known as the author of the Van der Valk series of detective novels which were adapted for transmission on the British ITV network by Thames Television during the 1970s.

Freeling was born in London, but travelled widely, and ended his life at his long-standing home at Grandfontaine to the west...more
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