Books by A.C. Baantjer

Baantjer is the most widely read author in the Netherlands. A former Detective Inspector of the Amsterdam Police, his fictional characters reflect the depth and personality of individuals encountered during his 38 year career in law enforcement. He was re


DEKOK AND BEGGING DEATH by A.C. Baantjer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The routine solution, though, doesn't fulfill the promise of the inventive setup, making this 18th of DeKok's US appearances (DeKok and Murder in Ecstasy, 1998, etc.) one of his lesser efforts."
When Albert Cornelis Verbruggen, well-connected managing director of the Ysselstein Bank, gets a note hinting that his infant grandson will be kidnaped during his christening at Amsterdam's historic Wester Church, Detective-Inspector DeKok and his partner, Inspector Dick Vedder, are dispatched to keep an eye on the ceremony while ten constables patrol the area outside the church. Read full book review >
DEKOK AND MURDER IN SEANCE by A.C. Baantjer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"His adventures read like Maigret's cases without Maigret."
``JANE DIES,'' warns the Ouija board at blind Jennifer Jordan's latest sÇance, and minutes later, sÇance regular Black Julie, nÇe Jane Truffle, complies. Read full book review >
DEKOK AND THE BROTHERS OF THE EASY DEATH by A.C. Baantjer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

An apparent husband-and-wife suicide—they are fished out of an Amsterdam canal with their fingers tightly linked—marks the beginning of another strange case for Inspector DeKok (Murder in Amsterdam, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
MURDER IN AMSTERDAM by A.C. Baantjer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"But DeKok is no Maigret. (The publisher has scheduled for 1993 some 14 other US editions of ``Baantjer/DeKok'' titles.)"
Two more minimalist procedurals for Amsterdam manhunter Inspector DeKok (DeKok and the Somber Nude, p. 1089). Read full book review >
DEKOK AND THE SOMBER NUDE by A.C. Baantjer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

"Fans of Sjîwall and Wahlîî's more dourly atmospheric Martin Beck series will be glad that Baantjer has 35 untranslated DeKok procedurals lined up behind this one."
Bestselling Dutch author Baantjer's first English translation is a 1967 novel that sets Amsterdam's Inspector DeKok and his sidekick Vledder the problem of what happened to Nanette Bogaard, a flower- arranger who disappeared after turning the heads of her morphine- addict cousin Frank Bogaard, journalist Barry Wieler, the Staatens—a wealthy art collector and his avid heir—and artist Pierre Popko, whose painting of Nanette nude on the late Mrs. Staaten's sofa seems to be at the heart of the case. Read full book review >