Sand Castles

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Crime and corruption ooze from the dark corners of small towns and no one understands this more than Police Inspector van der Valk. But provincial town life isn't Jan Rijk, a right-wing criminal whose connections with the underworld may be devastating to the lives of small-town people. What can van der Valk do to stop him?

Nicolas Freeling (March 3, 1927 – July 20, 2003), was a British crime novelist, best known as the author of the van der Valk series of detective novels. Freeling's The King of the Rainy Country received a 1967 Edgar Award, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Novel. He also won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers' Association, and France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. In 1968 his novel Love in Amsterdam was adapted as the film Amsterdam Affair directed by Gerry O'Hara and starring Wolfgang Kieling as van Der Valk.

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The novelist Nicolas Freeling, who has died aged 76, was best known for his Van der Valk detective stories and the two television series they inspired.

He was the most thoroughly European of British crime writers. In addition to the Amsterdam detective Piet Van der Valk, whom he rashly killed off in 1972, he created a series of novels based on the more reflective provincial French Inspector Henri Castang. He also wrote exceptional, often underrated, single novels, again set in Europe. He published 37 works of fiction in all, and four miscellaneous works.

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Freeling introduced Inspector Van der Valk in 1964 ( Love In Amsterdam ) and in his tenth book ( A Long Silence ) killed him off. The inspector's return here is sure to rally old fans. The unspecified time sounds modern--"The bawdy houses advertise safe sex"--as Van der Valk, now a middle-aged, mostly desk-bound Commissaris, vacations in northern Holland with his French-born wife, Arlette. Through a fluke, Van der Valk uncovers a small-town kiddy-porn ring, and does a one-man good-cop-bad-cop routine. At the German border he and Arlette meet a friendly Dutch-born entrepreneur whose old-fashioned jingoistic politics turn sinister after the apparent murder (the body vanishes) of a possible police agent. Van der Valk and Arlette face danger and a nasty American evangelist before a couple of villains are neutralized. Like his idiosyncratic hero and heroine--he bashes the Dutch, she the French, for example--Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.
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