Janwillem van de Wetering
Adjutant Henk Grypstra and Sergeant Rinus de Gier - Homicide cops, Amsterdam


(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 10 1998)

Streetbird by Janwillem van de Wetering

A super pimp is murdered in the red light district and it is up to Amsterdam municipal police to close the case. This book is not an astounding literary piece, but it is entertaining, quirky and very Dutch.  I like it because it takes place in Amsterdam and it has a mystical twist. This is the 9th book in a series featuring Adjutant Henk Grypstra and Sergeant Rinus de Gier, otherwise known as the Zen Patrol. I'm hooked and need to read more in this series!

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About the Author:

Janwillem Van de WeteringJanwillem Van de Wetering was born in Rotterdam in 1931. The Germans bombed Rotterdam when he was still a young boy and occupied it for five years, sending all of his Jewish classmates to concentration camps. That wartime experience led to a truth-seeking journey that he continues today. After graduating from business college at age nineteen, Janwillem studied Zen in Daitoku-ji Monastery, Kyoto and philosophy in London, and lived  in Amsterdam, Cornwall, Capetown, Bogata, Lima and Brisbane. He eventually returned to the Netherlands where he managed an Amsterdam textile company and was a part-time cop. As a member of the Special Constabulary of the Amsterdam Municipal Police, he both patrolled the streets and trained to be an officer. In 1975 he settled in Surry, a small town on the coast of Maine, where he still lives with his wife Juanita.

Janwillem van de Wetering is the author of 37 books - even though he did not start writing until he was in his 40's.

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