Books by Nicolas Freeling

SOME DAY TOMORROW by Nicolas Freeling
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"As for Bert, it's difficult to feel much intimacy with a man who refers to himself only in the third person."
Freeling, who stopped writing his series about Dutch inspector Van der Valk in 1989 (Sand Castles) and French policeman Henri Castang in 1996 (A Dwarf Kingdom), now wanders to the other side of the law with the creation of Hubertus van Bijl, a 70-year-old former flower merchant of Haarlem, Netherlands, who calls himself Bert throughout this long soliloquy. Read full book review >
A DWARF KINGDOM by Nicolas Freeling
Released: July 16, 1996

"Crime and detection are submerged beneath a transcendentally stylish meditation on mortality that makes Castang's farewell almost unbearably poignant."
Henri Castang's last case—Freeling is regrettably firm about that—is drenched in thoughts of age and death. ``Every time I see a friend of mine he's dead,'' grumbles the aging Castang (The Seacoast of Bohemia, 1995, etc.), kicked at once upstairs and into retirement from the European Community's Police Judiciaire. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 1995

"Even more whimsically underplotted than You Who Know (1994), with the mystery rather endearingly mixed with travel notes and aperáus of Castang—by now, surely, the most thoroughly revealed of fictional detectives."
Henri Castang's cases have increasingly come to resemble Achilles' pursuit of the tortoise: The distance to the goal closes steadily, but never quite to zero. Read full book review >
YOU WHO KNOW by Nicolas Freeling
Released: July 1, 1994

"Fascinating as it is to watch Freeling, the master of the continental roman policier, work out individual psychologies (as in Flanders Sky, 1992) in terms of national types, the mystery this time is a little too rickety for the portentous weight it's asked to bear."
Still becalmed among the Brussels brass, veteran French cop Henri Castang is asked to make discreet inquiries into the death of his friend Eamonn Hickey, another functionary. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1994

"Freeling here demonstrates that good reading and criticism, like good writing, require the skills of a crime writer, and he has clearly mastered all of them."
``Nearly all good writers are `crime writers,' '' contends Freeling, author of 31 crime novels of his own (Flanders Sky, 1992, etc.), in this collection of essays and aperáus on the writers and writings that most interest and influence him. Read full book review >
FLANDERS SKY by Nicolas Freeling
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Thought-provoking and well told."
Another reprimand, another transfer, finds Lille police Commissaire Henri Castang (Those in Peril, etc.) reassigned to Brussels, where he will push paper clips around as a minor functionary under Harold Claverhouse, head of Juridical Services. Read full book review >
THOSE IN PERIL by Nicolas Freeling
Released: Jan. 14, 1990

Lille police commissaire Henri Castang (Not as Far as Velma, 1989) is now shunted off to Paris and the quiet recesses of an art-fraud squad, but his life, as ever, remains tumultuous: his Czech wife Vera is almost raped; he has trouble extricating himself from an affair with his shyly attractive supervisor; and famous TV personality/scholar/ and teacher Dampierre, at his daughter Lydia's lycÇe, is fond of fondling his special students. Read full book review >