• Frontière belge

    Nicolas Freeling

    La réédition des enquêtes de l'inspecteur Van der Valk, le Maigret hollandais. La série télévisée - librement inspirée des romans de Nicolas Freeling - est diffusée sur France 3. " Le meilleur détective de fiction en Europe depuis Maigret. " The New York Times Book Review
    Intello, iconoclaste et gourmet, l'inspecteur Van der Valk, du Bureau central de police d'Amsterdam, est le héros d'une série de romans exceptionnels à plus d'un titre : études de moeurs, description d'un pays, intrigues issues de conjonctures humaines dramatiques.
    Ce roman se déroule dans les années 1960 quand il existait encore des frontières entre la Belgique, la France et les Pays-Bas. Van der Valk y croise Lucienne Englebert alors que son père, chef d'orchestre de renom, vient d'être victime d'un accident de voiture.
    Puis l'inspecteur l'oublie, accaparé par plusieurs affaires, dont l'assassinat a priori banal d'un homme. A priori seulement, car cet individu aux identités multiples obligera notre atypique policier hollandais à se rendre en Belgique, où il démantèlera un drôle de trafic transfrontalier...
    Une enquête menée à l'ancienne, où l'inspecteur prend son temps pour saisir la psychologie de la victime, s'en imprégner. Et au cours de laquelle il croisera de nouveau la belle et désinvolte Lucienne.

  • Une enquête de l'inspecteur Van der Valk, le "Maigret" hollandais, par le plus cosmopolite des écrivains anglais.

    " Si je ne suis pas un trop mauvais policier, c'est parce qu'en règle générale je sais rapidement établir des contacts avec les gens. Je le

  • 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.

  • Two women had committed suicide, and a third had had to be led gently away by men in white coats. There had been an outbreak of anonymous letters. . .That was not so very much. But there was something more, intangible but perceptible.' And Inspector Van der Valk changes his mind about the routine nature of his mission to Drente. What lies behind the small-town immoralities, eaves-dropping, hysteria? Could he by chance have stumbled upon one of the century's most wanted criminals?

  • Since setting up shop in Strasbourg with her new husband, Arlette, widow to the notorious Van der Valk, has garnered something of a name for herself. Getting shot at, kidnapped and blackmailed seem to have simply become a part of daily life. Being taken under the wing of the local police commissioner has come in handy - especially when it came to the gun license - but being connected to the police can be dangerous. When Arlette returns from a relaxing holiday, she finds that her cases have not stalled in her absence, but piled up one on top of the other. Dealing with the different issues of her clients is one thing, but when one particularly nasty case arises, Arlette must decide if she will break the police commissioner's cardinal rule, and stick her nose into police business. One Damn Thing After Another, first published in 1981, sees Arlette plunging into danger, and acting the part of a private eye once again.

  • Anglais The Widow

    Nicolas Freeling

    After the death of her notorious husband Van der Valk, Arlette has had to make a new life for herself, with a new city, new job, and now a new man. But being married to a detective for twenty years has left its mark, and the pull of her late husband's work draws her in. Her new husband, Arthur, has the remarkable idea that Arlette should go into helping people professionally, and her very own advice bureau is born. At first the expected battered wives and suspicious husbands knock at her door, but these cases are not as simple as they first appear, and Arlette soon finds herself acting the private detective in a violent and dangerous world. Nicolas Freeling's fans will already be familiar with the sparkling Arlette, and here in The Widow - first published in 1979 - she finally comes into her own.

  • A respectable looking elderly man is stabbed in a busy street, and, despite being surrounded by people, no one seems to have seen anything. Van der Valk soon discovers that the victim was more of a rogue than he at first appeared, and is dragged into a world of dodgy deals and beautiful women. With five marriages under his belt and four beautiful daughters living in Ireland, Van der Valk feels strongly that Mr Martinez's death is somehow connected to them. His investigations bring him to Ireland, where there is something strange about the ladies of Belgrave Square, and the IRA looms over unfolding events. First published in 1971, Over The High Side is an excellent detective story, filled with mystery, intrigue, and femme fatales.

  • Anglais Tsing-Boum

    Nicolas Freeling

    Van der Valk is intrigued. It isn't everyday that a quiet housewife is machine gunned down at lunchtime in a block of flats. But the body isn't discovered until hours later, and by that time, the killer's trail is already getting cold. Van der Valk is left with more than one problem posed by the death of Esther Marx. For not only does she leave behind her a tide of mystery, but also a young daughter, in desperate need of care. Taking little Ruth into his home brings Van der Valk and his wife closer to the enigma of Esther, and even more determined to discover her killer. But there is more to Ester Marx's story than meets the eye. Unravelling her secrets will take Van der Valk on a journey into Esther's hidden past, revealing her to be anything but a simple, innocent, defenceless woman. First published in 1969, Tsing Boum is a classic of the murder mystery genre.

  • Commissaire Van der Valk, appointed to his new position after surviving a bullet through the leg, is getting rather bored of his new quiet life in the town of Lisse. Whilst getting home in time for dinner and golf at the weekends is all well and good, a little excitement wouldn't go amiss. So when a local man is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Van der Valk is on the case in a trice. Getting to know the local riding school's characters proves a daunting task, revealing a maze of illicit relationships, family secrets and disappointed women. But which suspect had enough of a motive? Who truly had it in them to kill? First published in 1967, Stike Out Where not Applicable is a classic murder mystery, set against the delightful backdrop of the tulip fields and windmills of Holland.

  • Cette Frontière belge avait tout, en 1965, pour être couronnée par un Grand Prix de Littérature policière : elle le fut. Et Boileau-Narcejac, tout pour tresser des lauriers à son auteur, Nicolas Freeling : ils n'y ont pas manqué. Intello, iconoclaste et gourmet, l'inspecteur Van der Valk, du Bureau central de police d'Amsterdam, est le héros d'une série de dix romans exceptionnels à plus d'un titre : études de moeurs, description d'un pays, intrigues issues de conjonctures humaines poignantes, Van der Valk méritait bien sa place au gotha des "Grands détectives" ; 10/18 est fier de la lui donner.

  • Cette Frontière belge avait tout, en 1965, pour être couronnée par un Grand Prix de Littérature policière : elle le fut. Et Boileau-Narcejac, tout pour tresser des lauriers à son auteur, Nicolas Freeling : ils n'y ont pas manqué. Intello, iconoclaste et gourmet, l'inspecteur Van der Valk, du Bureau central de police d'Amsterdam, est le héros d'une série de dix romans exceptionnels à plus d'un titre : études de moeurs, description d'un pays, intrigues issues de conjonctures humaines poignantes, Van der Valk méritait bien sa place au gotha des "Grands détectives" ; 10/18 est fier de la lui donner.

  • L'amour à Amsterdam Nouv.

    L'amour à Amsterdam

    Nicolas Freeling

    Après Frontière belge (Grand Prix de littérature policière), une nouvelle enquête de l'inspecteur Van der Valk, le Maigret hollandais, dont la série télévisée - librement inspirée des romans de Nicolas Freeling - est diffusée sur France 3.
    Séduisante autant qu'intriguante, Elsa de Charmoy a été assassinée dans son appartement.
    Martin, son ex-amant qui rôdait près de l'immeuble à l'heure du crime, a été arrêté. Le dossier semble bouclé... Sauf pour Van der Valk, du Bureau Central de Police d'Amsterdam.
    En dépit du nombre de preuves qui accusent le suspect, l'inspecteur doute de sa culpabilité.
    Dans cette nouvelle enquête, le " cousin hollandais de Maigret " prend son temps pour appréhender la psychologie d'Elsa. Un détour nécessaire dans le passé bien sombre de la victime pour démêler le vrai du faux.
    " Marécages, brumes et mystères constituent la chape de ce grand roman où l'on retrouve un Van der Valk assez proche de notre Maigret. "
    Le Républicain lorrain

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