Outsider in Amsterdam (Grijpstra & de Gier Mystery #1) by Janwillem van de Wetering

Description: On a quiet street in downtown Amsterdam, the founder of a new religious society/commune—a group that calls itself “Hindist” and mixes elements of various “Eastern” traditions—is found hanging from a ceiling beam. Detective-Adjutant Grijpstra and Sergeant de Gier of the Amsterdam police are sent to investigate what looks like a simple suicide, but they are immediately suspicious of the circumstances.

This now-classic novel, first published in 1975, introduces Janwillem van de Wetering’s lovable Amsterdam cop duo of portly, worldly-wise Grijpstra and handsome, contemplative de Gier. With its unvarnished depiction of the legacy of Dutch colonialism and the darker facets of Amsterdam’s free drug culture, this excellent procedural asks the question of whether a murder may ever be justly committed.

This is the one with miso paste, white Liberty Harley (as Lisbeth Salander would say: “sweet”), vicious siamese cat, and a charming Papuan.

4* Outsider in Amsterdam
TR Tumbleweed

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