In the twelfth book in an acclaimed series, retired Amsterdam policeman Henk Grijpstra gets a frantic telephone call from his old partner, Rinus de Gier, who thinks he may have killed his girlfriend.
He is being blackmailed and can’t remember if he did it; he was just too drunk. But if he did, where is the corpse? Would his old partner please fly over to the US at once? Urged on by their former superior officer, the commissaris, Grijpstra grudgingly travels to Maine to rescue his partner and to confront his own demons as well as de Gier’s.
Janwillem van de Wetering
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When I decided to write my first mystery novel, which I wanted to set in Maine, I asked the manager of Murder Ink, a mystery bookstore on Second Avenue in Manhattan (now closed) to give me a list of all mystery series set in the Pine Tree State, so I could get a feel for what was already in the marketplace. (I didn't want to repeat something that had been done before.) God bless him, he insisted that I read JUST A CORPSE AT TWILIGHT.
Reading it was both a blessing and a curse. I knew that there was no way I could make better use of Maine as a backdrop to my novel than van de Wetering had for his. I also knew that it didn't matter. This novel is a one-of-a-kind wonder. I could only hope in some small way to create characters and situations both as realistic and as absurd as he had. I hope to hell I haven't unconsciously copied anything he's done, but I couldn't blame myself too much if I had. Some writers - Hammett, Twain, Salinger, Kerouac, and Faulkner - are so...
I love this series. Oddly, this was the first book that I read. It's not often that you have a fallible, real person as a detective. This intense story is both funny and thought provoking. The atmosphere provoked in this Maine setting is the best I've ever read, and in the back of my mind I picture the place as if it really existed. I theorize that all books are about escapism, and this detective team has a member who is all about escaping and finding the REAL meaning behind things. Quite a good read. In all, I would say that this is my favorite detective series because I don't feel as if I've eaten potato chips (metaphorically) after I've read it, but that I've furthered my mind along.
Janwilliam van de Wetering is my favorite mystery writer; so I was understandably excited when I discovered on Kindle a book by him about which I had not previously known: Just A Corpse At Twilight. Unfortunately, it turned out that, as it appears on Kindle, it is rife with technical errors such as run on words (suchasrunonwords), words that are hypen-ated in the middle of a line, words or phrases that are clearly incorrect and combinations of letters that make no sense at all. While my overall enjoyment of reading a van de Wetering novel holds up fairly well despite these problems, they did distract me and detract somewhat from the experience. I have reported this problem to Amazon Kindle and they promised to look into ways to correct it. But, before you buy it, I suggest downloading a sample to see if the problem still exists and whether it bothers you enough to pass on a purchase.
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