Outsider In Amsterdam
A Novel of Suspense
by Janwillem van de Wetering
William Heinemann, 1976, [First British Edition], hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 4344859206
Very Good Condition, ex-library (sticker and cancelled stamp to front flyleaf and inside back cover, sticker residue on DJ spine, tape residue on covers), creasing to dustjacket inside front and back flaps, minor edge and shelf wear
'originally conceived and exceptionally well written, Outsider in Amsterdam is set in the pleasant city of Amsterdam where 'nothing ever happens'. No turbulent city, this, steaming with corruption, but a peaceful place where hard crime is unusual. Mellow buildings and quiet waterways are policed with affection by Grijpstra and de Gier, the most interesting duo to come on to the crime scene for a long time, The author's sensitive and, in many ways, ironical characterisation of the police force, authoritatively drawn from his own experience therein, and honed with the observations of a thinking man, have produced an unusual book. A refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill thriller that will surprise and satisfy connoisseurs of detective fiction as well as loving observers of human nature.'