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Hard Rain (Amsterdam Cops Mysteries #11)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  188 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
During a random break-in, three heroin addicts discover the corpse of banker Martin Ijsbreker. They arrange his death to look like a suicide and flee with his valuables, but are found dead of an overdose the next day. The investigating officer dismissed their deaths as an accident, but the commissaris suspects that his cousin and childhood nemesis, Willem Fernandus, murder ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Crime (first published 1985)
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Stefan Percy
Mar 13, 2015 Stefan Percy rated it it was amazing
Book #11 in the Grijpstra & de Gier series wasn't too bad at all. In this installment, there are a few things going on here:

1. The Amsterdam Murder Brigade is investigating a case that appears to be a suicide but might actually be foul play.
2. There is an investigative "witch hunt" against the commissaris, Grijpstra and de Gier.
3. An old friend/nemesis of the commissaris is being rather nasty and tries to match wits with the commissaris.

Also, if I am not mistaken, this is the first time we a
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Zeb Kantrowitz
Feb 17, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's hard to write a review of a book because there is no way to summarize what you have just read. van de Wetering writes (or wrote, he died in 2008) what he called 'zen mysteries'. Since Zen itself is a mystery, sometimes the books are an exercise in 'anarchy'. That is nothing and everything goes on at once.

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Tim
Feb 03, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Grijpstra and de Gier and the commissari, with considerable aid, take down a corrupt and murdering banker from the commissari's past. A cast of wonderful characters, aside from the villain, and A-team like antics. That is harsh because while the plot is over the top and the mystery not mysterious, the dialogue and the characters are a real delight as always.
Charles Kerns
Your basic van de Wettering. OK.
Lynne-marie
Dec 18, 2011 Lynne-marie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This may be the best of Grijpstra & de Grier yet and that's saying something as they're a huge hit in Europe and translating (pun intended) well into the United States. Something about the fast-paced action combined with the vague zen-like mentality of our heroes makes for a bang-up, best-seller equation. Here it's the good guys all alone and warned off the case on top of everything else, but someone must save the day. You know who! Read it! Get out of your own head a little!
Cal
Feb 09, 2014 Cal rated it it was ok
Of the three books by this author I have read this was the weakest. The police characters are far to flippant and unfocused and the book generally had a scattered narrative. Ultimately we listen in on the Van de Wetering philosophy which left the main characters on different sides of the same coin. I simply found the literary devices employed tiresome. Maybe this book suffered from poor translation. Not his best.
Karen Heuler
Sep 14, 2013 Karen Heuler rated it really liked it


I love the mundane and the zen philosophizing that goes on here--makes me recall it days later. I have to find the one with someone's Small Satori in the title--I know I thought that was brilliant.
Stuart Lutzenhiser
The detectives of the Amsterdam murder brigade have to work while they are all suspended. 10 corpses and a huge amount of in-fighting in the service. This seemed like the last book. I really liked this one.
Bill-rogers
Aug 17, 2013 Bill-rogers rated it it was ok
Interesting in its own way but I am tiring of the quirky Grijpsta and de Gier. This was philosophically rather muddled to me.
Judy
Jul 17, 2011 Judy rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I wanted to love this author because of the Dutch connection but I just didn't.
Claudia
Sep 19, 2008 Claudia rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite cop/mystery writers.
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