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About the Author
Nicolas Freeling, born Nicolas Davidson (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. A television series based on the character was produced for the British ITV network by Thames Television during the 1970s, and revived in the 1990s.
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.
Top customer reviews
I must say that I felt so empty after reading this book. It is quite old and is written with a richness which is rare these days. But as crime fiction it fails miserably as it is virtually bereft of plot. I kept thinking that going back to the doctor's childhood was going to introduce some relevance to the story but it didn't. The extensive filler material and slow pace drove me crazy. Had they yielded a twist, or developed the plot in some way, perhaps I would have understood, but they didn't.
In short, the writing was fantastic, but the book lacked the story many crime fiction readers would expect.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
walk. I am considering presenting this author to my Mystery book club in the spring. I have read three of his books, and particularly enjoyed Because of the Cats, his first. I will read some more of him.
If I read this before, I don't remember it so it was new to me. His books are quite cerebral and I enjoyed "going back" to Amsterdam.