AUPRES DE MA BLONDE by Nicolas Freeling
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AUPRES DE MA BLONDE

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Expectant followers of Hollander detective Van der Valk should prepare for the worst, the very worst, which happens with shattering finality at midpoint. In Part I Van der Valk, that most nicely proportioned of sleuthing intelligences, investigates some rum minutiae and personnel in a small jewelry/ antique shop. Unfortunately the quarry turns out to be not only perverse, but a killer. . . . If you have the heart for it, you might push on to Part II, wherein Arlette, a widow of erratic intuition and thin-nerved vulnerability, tracks down the assassin with the help of clumsy but warmly supportive friends. Elegant as always, but still the most grievous tragedy since Holmes plunged over the falls.

Pub Date: July 12th, 1972
Publisher: Harper & Row