RE: Re: RARA-AVIS: Janwillem Van De Wetering

Date: 13 Sep 2001

Jim did a good job summing up the appeal of Van de Wetering. The plots may be slow and undramatic for some hard-boiled fans, but authenticity, character development, psychology of character, can be quite engaging--particularly when the subjectivity of the criminal is included.

I used to read Wetering alongside Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck series and Nicholas Freeling, whose Van der Valk procedurals are also set in Amsterdam
(recommend Apres De Ma Blonde or Criminal Conversation). None hesitates at graphic description, but the outlook and style are more "European"-- world-weary with some yields of hope.

Bill Hagen

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