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Death of a Hawker (Amsterdam Cops Mysteries #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  232 Ratings  ·  23 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)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-dutch
I had just sent my agent a copy of my latest novel which involved reams of paper, buckets of sweat, and even some blood from a rather nasty paper cut. My agent called me back and said he’d watched the movie with Robert Redford and he 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 The Great Gatsby by some New York ...more
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
Dalia
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Brenda Mengeling
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, 48
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
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.
Tim
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Darcy
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Cal
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it


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.
Angela Natividad
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favourite so far.
Jodyg218
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a good break from more serious reading.
Mikee
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and endearing, like all van der Wetering's books.
Jason Paulios
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
A filler book in the series. But Janwillem's filler is still better than most of the stuff out there.
Elizabeth
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
excellent series, out of the ordinary
Will
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
have read before, am re-reading all of van de vetering.

who would be similar?
Susan Gaska
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a very non typical police mystery and is a little odd, but I liked it well enough to try another from this author.
Kay
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Having read "the empty mirror", I can see how the time spent in a Zen monastery has influenced his Gripstra and De Gier books.
Karen
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A somewhat sideways tale, but a good read. Am working my way slowly through the series, love the characters.
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