The Lovely Ladies Author:Nicolas Freeling The elderly man was killed in the market place in Amsterdam, just as Inspector Van der Valk was going past. It was assumed, at first, that he'd been run over, but Van der Valk found the handle of an antique dagger emerging from the man's old fashioned waistcoat and said to the crowd, "This is a death by violence; you may have witnessed an assass... more »ination. Directly you have given your names to the officers, you may go home. Please be at home tonight; an officer will call to interview you."
the dead man was identified as F.X. Martinez. Van der Valk went to see Mrs. Martinez. She was much younger than her husband, much younger. She called her husband Vader - father.
But it was Martiniez's real daughters - the girls - that Van der Valk had to see. Lotte he didn't see, she lived in Venezuela, but the others - Agnes, Agatha, Anastasia, the ladies of Belgrave Square, Dublin - they were the ones he saw.
Because, in part, of Senator Terence Lynch - Irish and a m ost prominent figure - Van der Valk was told to proceed to Dublin.
This is a fascinating story by Nicolas Freeling, who knows DUblin well and whose knowledge of it and the Irish adds a whole magic flavor to this novel.« less