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DeKok and the Somber Nude (Inspector DeKok Investigates) [Paperback]

By A. C. Baantjer & H. G. Smittenaar (Translator)
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"There are touches of the 87th Precinct, Maigret and Janwillem van de Wetering, but Baantjer is in a category all his own."-The Globe and Mail

This latest installment of the internationally popular Inspector DeKok series finds the gray sleuth dealing with a most gruesome murder.

The oldest of the four men turned to DeKok, "You're from homicide?"

DeKok nodded. The seasoned inspector wiped the raindrops from his face, bent down gingerly, and carefully lifted a corner of the canvas. Slowly the head became visible: a severed girl's head. DeKok felt the blood drain from his face, his stomach turning into an icy cold pit. "Is that all you found?" he asked.

"A little farther," the man answered with sad disbelief, "is the rest."

Spread out among the dirt and refuse were the remaining parts of the body: the arms, the long, slender legs, and the petite torso. There was no clothing.

DeKok faces death as an inevitable part of life, but when things turn this macabre, it's a hard reality to stomach.

A.C. Baantjer is the most widely read author in the Netherlands. He is a former detective inspector of the Amsterdam police, and his fictional characters reflect the depth and personality of individuals encountered during his nearly forty-year career in law enforcement.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108169  
ISBN13  9781933108162  

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a treasure to behold  Jul 15, 2008
This is the first book of this series that I have had the pleasure to read. It is a page turner of a police procedural that allows development of believable protagonists. Mr. Baantjer takes us on the hunt for a beautiful, and at first, likeable, missing young woman. She is found, only to be not as beautiful as she first appears. All characters are multi-dimensional.
Great read!
superb Dutch police procedural  Feb 12, 2008
On a rainy day, Kristel van Daalen with two A's comes to Amsterdam's Warmoes Street police station to report her nineteen years old cousin Nanette Bogaard with a double A is missing. Kristel explains to Inspectors DeKok and Vledders that she and Nanette co-own the Ye Three Roses floral shop, which they bought with money they inherited. She further explains that Nanette is an artistic free spirit, but always came home to the apartment they share above the store. Kristel believes Nanette is dead.

Vledders thinks it is too soon to assume foul play, but DeKok has a hunch that something bad has occurred to Nanette. They begin making inquiries starting with a spawned reporter Barry Weilen that lead to Kristel's addict brother, a "Somber Nude" painting done by Pierre Popko and aging paramour Staaten and his adult son. They see a picture of a mesmerizing serpent wearing an angel's garb before the dismembered corpse of Nanette is found in a garbage dump. The now murder investigation keeps tilting like a pin ball game that flickers back and forth between anyone who was in Nanette's sphere.

This is a fabulous DeKok mystery once readers accept the inspectors take on the missing person case (most will agree with Vledders that its pouring rain, less than 24 hours, and she is nineteen). The story line is driven by DeKok's investigation as each new clue he uncovers seems to open more questions rather than resolving any of them. Fans of this superb Dutch police procedural series will gain immense pleasure from the latest translation.

Harriet Klausner
DeKok and the Somber Nude  Oct 17, 2007
This is a great series starring Detective-Inspector DeKok of the Amsterdam Municipal Police, Homicide. Albert Baantjer is the most
widely read author in the Netherlands. This series is "rapid-fire
storytelling" with the laconic detective-inspector calling the shots.
The SOMBER NUDE deals with a dismembered body and DeKok's relentless
pursuit of the murderer.
If you like JANWILLEM VAN DE WETERING's police novels and GEORGES
SIMENON's Maigret series, you will enjoy the DeKok mysteries. The
covers of the American editions are bright and sometimes garish
and may put off some readers. What is inside the cover is just a
"good read".

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