Janwillem van de Wetering, RIP
Though so far there’s nary a peep in the English-speaking world, the Literary Saloon gleans from Dutch reports that Janwillem van de Wetering, one of Holland’s greatest crime writers and the author of many police procedurals featuring detectives Grijpstra and de Gier, passed away in Maine on July 4. He was 77. More here from Radio Netherlands and an extensive appreciation site run by Dunn & Powell books. 2Blowhards also recently paid tribute to van de Wetering.
UPDATE, 7⁄9: Soho Press has issued a press release on de Wetering’s death:
Janwillem van de Wetering, one of Holland’s most acclaimed crime
writers and author of the Amsterdam Cops series, died on July 4, 2008,
following a struggle with cancer. He was 77.
Van de Wetering was born in Rotterdam in 1931. After living in
Amsterdam, Cornwall, Capetown, Bogota, Lima, and Brisbane, he finally
settled on the coast of Maine with his wife in 1975. He is the author
of numerous works in Dutch and English, including the Amsterdam Cops
mystery series, a children series featuring the porcupine Hugh Pine,
non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His work often
incorporated his experiences as a one-time Zen Buddhist monk and the
time he served with the Amsterdam Reserve Constabulary. van de Wetering
was awarded the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1984.
Soho Press published fourteen books by van de Wetering, featuring
adjutant Henrik Grijpstra and Sergeant Rinus de Gier. Critical acclaim
was unanimously enthusiastic in publications such as the New York
Times, Time, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Boston
Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Soho Press will be reissuing all of van de Wetering’s Soho Crime novels in paperback, beginning in the fall of 2008.