Because of the Cats by Nicolas Freeling

This Van der Walk book grew on me as the story progressed.

Initially, the story didn’t grab me as the police appeared to know who the culprits were very quickly, but it was the reasons why the culprits acted in the way they did that was the fascinating part of the story.

Van der Valk is an interesting character, not a conventional policeman who befriends whores and has the mother of one of the suspects throwing herself at him as she needs ‘consoling’.

The action all takes place in the town of Bloemendaal aan Zee a pleasant place of modern buildings, high incomes, and little crime. That is until some terrifying robberies occur where the victim’s homes are turned upside down in a frenzy of mindless violence. This is when Van der Valk is called in from nearby Amsterdam to solve the case.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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