Grijpstra and de Gier, two Dutch homicide detectives, are called out to the Hindist Society, whose leader has been found hanging from a noose in his quarters. Almost right away, there are questions about the death and they soon come to believe that it is not a suicide, but murder because the man is not disheveled (which seems particularly weak to me) and has a bruise on his forehead.
The investigation quickly delves into the society itself, especially its finances, and no one is surprised that it looks like there is more going on than what is perceived. And then there is the former police officer, now a traffic warden in Amsterdam, who lives at the Hindist Society but is not an employee nor a member... How is he involved?
While I enjoyed reading this book by Janwillem van de Watering, I have to say that there was something off and it may be just a matter of the translator. The conversations between the two main characters didn't always ring true and in a way, it made them seem a bit less professional — very contemplative. And the ending is very abrupt. But the mystery and how they went about solving the case worked well.
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Soho Crime; Reissue edition (24 May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569470170
- ISBN-13: 978-1569470176
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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