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The Maine Massacre and Two Other Great Mysteries
The Maine Massacre and Two Other Great Mysteries Author:Janwillem van de Wetering Cover end papers: — Janwillem van de Wetering made his debut in America with 'Outsider in Amsterdam.' He was promptly hailed as a fresh new talent in the field of detective fiction--"a superlative mystery writer," to quote 'Time" magazine. Now he brings his Amsterdam detectives to the rugged coast of Maine--and into a bizarre sequence of untime... more »ly deaths.
The commissaris of the Amsterdam Police Force has come to help his sister settle her affairs after the death of her husband. Then he and Sergeant de Gier learn that the old man's brother-in-law is just the latest victim in a series of fatal accidents on unspoiled Cape Orca. And when the commissaris is offered a ridiculously low price for his sister's house, he becomes even more suspicious.
With the help of the local sheriff, he and de Gier learn that all the victims had owned property on the cape, that their property has been bought by the same reality company--and that all the houses are standing empty and unsold. If the "accidents" are part of a secret real estate deal, the local broker and his very beautiful, very available daughter are prime suspects, but hardly the only ones. There is also an eccentric recluse who lives on a fortified island... a giant with a penchant for fighting... a former Green Beret strangely devoted to an older woman... a gang of local hoodlums led by an enigmatic philosophy student--even the commissaris's sister is a suspect!
Then someone takes a shot at de Gier, a long-lost piece of evidence is uncovered, and it begins to look as if more than one killer is on the loose.
Add two earlier mysteries involving the Amsterdam police on their own turf--'The Corpse on the Dike' and 'Tumbleweed'--and you have a real 3-in-1 Dutch treat.''"What makes this series so engaging is that the policemen are as quirky and complicated and human as the criminals." --'Washington Post'« less