The first novel in the acclaimed Van der Valk series - soon to be a major new TV series starring Marc Warren
'Freeling's Inspector Van der Valk is less rugged than Rebus, less parsonical than Dalgliesh, more Morse than Frost, and more Maigret than any of them. Marvellous' - Anita Brookner
A woman, Elsa, is brutally murdered in her Amsterdam apartment. Her ex-lover, Martin, is seen outside the building around the time of the crime. The witness who saw him? A policeman.
It looks like a straightforward case - but police inspector Van der Valk is not convinced. Despite all the evidence - and the fact that Martin originally denied he was at the apartment - he believes Martin is not guilty of murder. Instead of charging him, Van der Valk takes him on a tour: a tour of the investigation; a tour of Martin's own past; and a tour into the darkly obsessive world of Elsa...
There can be no doubt Mr Freeling is a genuinely masterful novelist - SUNDAY TIMES
Freeling is the only British novelist of consequence to have tackled modern Europe - DAILY TELEGRAPH
He was the most thoroughly European of British crime writers - GUARDIAN
Elegant style and continually interesting narrative which give his novels their special flavour
Freeling's Inspector Van der Valk is less rugged than Rebus, less parsonical than Dalgliesh, more Morse than Frost, and more Maigret than any of them. Marvellous
Freeling is a joy to read - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
If you've never heard of Nicolas Freeling you're in for a treat. Read one and you'll want to get all the Freelings - COSMOPOLITAN
Freeling writes like no one else - LA TIMES