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The King of the Rainy Country [Copertina flessibile]

Nicolas Freeling

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7 agosto 2013 Bloomsbury Reader
This was the end of the story that had started 'Once upon a time, in a rainy country, there was a king. . .' The end had not happened in a rainy country, but on a bone-dry Spanish hillside, three hundred metres from where Van der Valk had left a lot of blood, some splintered bone, a few fragments of gut, and a ten-seventy-five Mauser rifle bullet.

No one had broken any laws. But a handsome, middle-aged millionaire had disappeared with a naked girl. And Van der Valk was given the job of finding out why.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 su 5 stelle  4 recensioni
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent mystery/police procedural/love story 22 ottobre 2012
Di Edwin T. Vaughan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
22 OCT 2012 (Mon.) @ ~ 11:30 a.m. EST
Along with Raymond Chandler's four great novels, Dashiell Hammit's "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man", and several of the cases of Horace Rumpole (of the Bailey) and a few short mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey, this is my all-time favorite detective story. The protagonist, Inspector Van der Valk of the Amsterdam police, is directed by his superior to search all over Europe for an elusive businessman, for reasons that Van der Valk doesn't fully understand. On the way, at a German festival, the businessman picks up a much younger woman and they continue to elude capture, evading Van der Valk at a skiing competition and stealing ("borrowing") a helicopter to distance themselves from him. Does he locate them, finally? Yes, and no (I hate to appear ambiguous, but I don't wish to give anything away). The title "King of the Rainy Country" has nothing whatsoever to do with either a king (except in a very loose interpretation) or with a rainy country; the title is taken from a poem by Baudelaire. Van der Valk appears to speak several languages fluently (the Dutch are apparently very good at languages), and he sometimes, during his quest, wakes up exhausted in a railway station and realizes exactly he is only by the smell of the coffee served at the canteen. During his quest, his friendship with a German policeman, his intuitive awareness (continually sharpened during his search) of the lifestyles and habits of the very wealthy, and his knowledge of the names of Napoleon's generals prove invaluable. Unlike another key character in the novel, he apparently doesn't carry a gun, and he, like Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, has to be proof against the seductive blandishments of a very attractive woman (interestingly enough, the sought-after businessman's wife!). I read this novel to tatters, along with many others of Freeling's detective stories, mislaid it and gave the rest of the novels away, purchased a previously-owned copy from Amazon, re-re-read it, and finally gave *it* away to a European friend (and almost wish now that I hadn't). I highly recommend this mystery/love story, especially to anyone who enjoys travelling in Europe; it is very subtly filled with "local color", it is not overly long, it is just puzzling enough, and it is extremely entertaining. (signed) Edwin Timothy Vaughan
4.0 su 5 stelle Well-Plotted 3 novembre 2013
Di Weaver - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Well-plotted, worth the time. Freeling is a respected mystery writer who writes well, unlike many of the current, copycat writers.
4.0 su 5 stelle A Worthwhile Foreign Detective 17 giugno 2013
Di Samy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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It's always interesting to read the style of a book set in another country both for the style, ways of life described and, in the case of a detective story, the methods and reasonings of the main characters.
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2.0 su 5 stelle a bit banal 29 maggio 2006
Di Neal J. Pollock - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Freeling's Dutch police inspector Van der Valk is directed to take on a missing persons case appropriate for private detective, making the plot a little unusual. However, certain complications aside, this short novel (without chapter headings) has little action. There is a small amount of suspense in the last few pages--though spoiled a bit by the flashback at the start of the book. There is much meandering, extraneous detail, little character development (though Anne-Marie was interesting), considerable unimpressive mental activity, & many unfamiliar literary (?) allusions. The title of the book is from a Baudelaire poem. There are a few good turns of phrase: p. 103: "Everybody is out of the ordinary if you look deep enough" & p. 109: He still had to clamp the teeth of patience on the bullet of chagrin." The protagonist states repeatedly that he isn't very bright--I agree. He could have checked, for instance, to see if the French police had the rifle rather than just speculate, & avoided chasing an armed person unarmed himself. In short, it was not an impressive effort IMHO.

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