Download Epub Format ☆ Because of the Cats PDF by ✓ Nicolas Freeling The is the first and probably only book I ll read by Nicolas Freeling, the British crime writer responsible for the Van der Valk series policiers set in Amsterdam during the 60s Because of the Cats is allegedly one of his best, but I found it fairly dull, both in terms of character and plot I ordered on the hope it would be as good as some of the other EuroCrime novels particularly Dominique Manotti s and I was flatly disappointed I wouldn t recommend it to my cat.
I m beginning to enjoy this series, with its colorful descriptions, philosophical tone, and the interesting character of Chief Inspector van der Valk, who travels to the pleasant and prosperous town of Bloemendaal, where a group of educated and wealthy youths are believed to be involved in a series of burglaries and destruction which finally escalated into rape Juvenile delinquency, nihilism, rituals and orgies What a mess it was to leave to Commisar Markousis I didn t quite get why view spoiler van der Valk didn t believe one of the suspects, who was obviously terrified, when he said that the cats are out to get him which they did in a way that I didn t expect , and I raised my brow over the instant love between the prostitute and one of the boys, hide spoiler
I actually liked the writing quite a bit, but was too often annoyed by mindless misogynistic asides Would have been 4 stars without the sexism.
This is a strange book from a good writer The second, I believe, of his Amsterdam detective Van de Valk stories, it is a ruminative, closely detected story of rich kids gone wrong in a nouveau riche suburb of Amsterdam The Cats are girlfriends of a gang of adolescent hoodlums who think nothing of break and enter damage to private property and other abuses which escalate Rape enters in, as well as parental neglect and city allures for unanchored youth Freeling, who was British, is writing in the sixties from a British PVO about crime in another European city Amsterdam He has his own ideas about the road to hell in but it s difficult to tell whether they are the author s or the detective s.
I found it interest Dutch mystery story reread.
Chief Inspector Van der Valk investigates a series of Amsterdam break ins apparently committed by a youth gang from an affluent Dutch seaside town The boys bu Nicolas Freeling, who regrettably passed away in 2003 while still writing, has left us with some of the most intriguing crime novels ever written For reasons best known to himself, but which have ended up delighting his readers, this English born novelist chose to write stories based on the cases of a Dutch chief inspector called Van der Valk, or a French policeman named Henri Castang Because of the Cats is a Van der Valk novel set in Amsterdam and the nearby suburb of Bloemendaal.
As always, the novel concentrates on Van der Valk s thought processes as he muddles through to the solution of the crimes in his unorthodox fashion As he does so, Freeling is quite happy to have him also examine certain facets of modern society such as, in this case, the effect of wealth on the children of busy, well to do parents With his earthy approach to life on and off the streets and his innate unde Bloemendaal Aan Zee, That Smugly Prosperous Little Seaside Town, Has Television Sets Per Capita Than Anywhere Else In Holland Even Its Drunks Are Polite, Its Houses Uniformly Tidy And Sparkling Clean But There S Something Very Wrong With The Kids The Most Popular Teenagers Have Formed A Gang That Is Preying, With Increasing Viciousness, On Nearby Amsterdam Inspector Van Der Valk S Patch Van Der Valk Has No Love For Chilly, Yuppified Bloemendaal But His Curiosity Is As Voracious As His Appetite For Good Food And While His Colleagues Just Want The Attacks Stopped, Van Der Valk Can T Help Asking What It Is About The Town That Has Turned Bloemendaal S Children Into Monsters NO CATS ARE HARMED IN THIS BOOK Back Cover I gave up