Dekok and the Death of the Clown by Albert C Baantjer

Dekok and the Death of the Clown

Albert C Baantjer

If you're looking for a good old-fashioned police procedural with a genuine puzzle element then you need look no further than Baanjer, the most widely read Dutch author, and DeKok his eccentric detective. The Amsterdam setting was another real plus for me.

Extract

'Objectivity,' he said finally, 'Objectivity is overrated. Objective people often keep their emotional distance, losing their humanity in the process. Humanity should be the prime requisite for a policeman. Without it, we would be machines - heartless, soulless automatons.' He paused. 'No,' he added, 'that would never do.'

Parallels
  • Love in Amsterdam by Nicholas Freeling
  • Hard Rain by Janwillem Van De Wetering