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Death on the Canal

Anja de Jager

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Lotte Meerman, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

The third smart and engaging police procedural featuring dark and damaged Dutch detective Lotte Meerman

'. . . a novel brilliantly evoking the isolation of a woman with an unbearable weight on her conscience' Sunday Times

Where do your loyalties lie? With the truth or with your colleagues?

Drinking outside a canal-side bar on a perfect summer's evening, Lotte is witness to the fatal stabbing of Piotr Mazur, a Polish security guard working in one of the city's department stores. As Lotte starts to investigate Mazur's death, all the facts point to him being a small-time drug dealer, and his murder is treated as a minor complication in another team's larger narcotics case. Yet Lotte remains unconvinced; having viewed the man's ordered, unchaotic flat and spoken to his colleagues, she can't help but believe he was being set up.

And in the bar, moments before Piotr was killed, Lotte saw a woman pass him a photo of a child. Shebecomes convinced that his death wasn't a revenge-killing over drugs at all, and has to now think carefully about what to do for the best, especially as key evidence in Mazur's murder comes from someone she knows she cannot trust.

Praise for Anja de Jager

'An absorbing read with the smack of reality' Daily Mail

'The book succeeds as a portrait of both a city and, in its heroine, a delightfully dysfunctional personality'
Sunday Express

'Impressive . . . De Jager is as good on dodgy family relations as she is on police procedure'
The Times 'Detective Lotte Meerman is damaged by her past and tortured by the dreadful mistake she's made at work . . . Amsterdam is the other star here, beautiful and deadly' Cath Staincliffe

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Praise for Death on the Canal

  • . . . a novel brilliantly evoking the isolation of a woman with an unbearable weight on her conscience - Sunday Times on A Cold Death in Amsterdam

  • The book succeeds as a portrait of both a city and, in its heroine, a delightfully dysfunctional personality - Sunday Express on A Cold Death in Amsterdam

  • An impressive debut . . . De Jager is as good on dodgy family relations as she is on police procedure - The Times on A Cold Death in Amsterdam

  • Detective Lotte Meerman is damaged by her past and tortured by the dreadful mistake she's made at work . . . Amsterdam in the vicious grip of a bitter winter is the other star here, beautiful and deadly

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Anja de Jager

Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja worked in the City for twenty years but is now a full-time writer. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.