Book List:49 titles
  • For Colette Delavigne, one of France's youngest judges, life takes a terrifying twist when she returns from work one night to find her daughter has been abducted. Henri Castang is sought out to investigate her vanishing and Delavigne's profession ...


  • A European city, bathed in the sultry heat of a summer afternoon, and a telephone call announcing a triple murder. Henri Castang is called into action in this profound and disturbing detective story. To protect himself, he must play by the rules ...


  • Arlette Van der Valk finds herself widowed from a man who left an indelible mark on the world of crime investigation. After her initial grief, Arlette is at a loose end -- Piet was her life, but Van der Valk soon finds that making decisions help ease...


  • 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 ta...


  • It was not a very important case. No crime had been committed. For Van der Valk the shady dealings of a prosperous Amsterdam jeweler were more of a private puzzle. Two bullets put paid to that incurable curiosity....


  • Henri Castang, "promoted" from Paris to Brussels, discovers that the villains of bureaucracy are as devious as those of the streets. Until his boss is arrested for murder, a child abuser becomes a crime statistic and Europe redefines its boundaries, ...


  • 'William doesn't lurk and neither does he stalk; it gets noticed. Incompetent and illegal, and he has no intention of disturbing Doctor Holier-than-Thou - or not for the moment; that's the fellow who would be quick to make a complaint and he's no lon...


  • A Henri Castang Mystery - The grisly murder of a young woman, cannibalism and political scandal rear their ugly heads in this Henri Castang mystery. And there are connections with the killings of two ordinary citizens, and a beautiful, antagonistic p...


  • In France, a police detective hunts for an elusive killer in this novel by an award-winning author who writes like no one else ( Los Angeles Times). In the tiny French town of Soulay, Inspector Henri Castang is dealing with a brutal robbery, a d...






  • A Henri Castang Mystery - The death of a Eurocrat, links with the IRA and the European Community open this gripping thriller. Henri Castang is put on the case and sets out to find the truth but how can you find the truth when someone, somewhere will ...




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    A brutal murder sends Brussels police inspector Henri Castang reeling into retirement on the Atlantic seacoast at Biarritz. But there, the kidnapping of a child haunts both the house in which Castang and his wife, Vera, live and Castang's career itse...



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    Hired by a wealthy woman to find the young son that was kidnapped four years earlier, former French policeman Henri Castang ventures into Czechoslovakia, where he finds a connection between the boy and an ex-SS officer. Reprint....


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    An Irish diplomat is dead of a shotgun blast. Henri Castang, a French detective in exile, is obsessed with his friend's death, and with his friend's lover. From the land of Joyce and Yeats to the Italian Alps, Castang follows his obsession through a ...


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    The Berlin Wall is falling. Eastern Europe is in turmoil. Amid the tumult, Inspector Henri Castang has been exiled to a bureaucratic post in Bruxelles, a city in the eye of the storm. But the forces of violence are at work even here. When a colleague...


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    Due to complaints of his handling of an earlier case, Inspector Henri Castang is transferred to Paris and a little-known backwater of the Police Judiciaire: the Fraud Repression unit of the Fine Arts division. There he is to twiddle his thumbs until ...


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    Sent to the north of France to investigate the disappearance of middle-aged hotelier Adrienne Sergent, Inspector Henri Castang stumbles into a case involving an elderly Jewish painter, the fatal bombing of a local convent, and an erratic journalist...


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    Inspector Piet van der Valk of the Amsterdam police was one of the best-loved detectives of modern crime fiction -- before his creator murdered him in a 1972 novel. Now Nicolas Freeling brings van der Valk back -- in a brilliant adventure that takes ...


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    A Van der Valk thriller A rollicking drama of satire, humour and suspense. Can you afford to miss it? Guy Lefevre is a successful landscape gardener. He and his wife Sibille drive through the winding heights of the Vosges Mountains but at the end of ...


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    Three mocking, self-confident punks have vandalized the Forrestiers' home. The actual damage is minimal, but Walter Forrestier's brush with crime, and with the criminal justice system, begins to corrupt all the values he holds sacred. Forced into act...


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    Murder, cannibalism, political skulduggery -- it’s all in a week's work for Inspector Henri Castang. Henri Castang, a thirty-year veteran of the French National Police, returns from vacation to find some dirty and dangerous business awaiting him...


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    A Henri Castang Mystery - Replete with the volatile tensions of a political thriller, Freeling introduces the reader to the nebulous, frightening world of conspiracy. Henri Castang, renowned police inspector, is called in to investigate a car acciden...


  • The peaceful bay of Porquerolles looks out over the waters to Toulon and to Kapitan, an extraordinary drifter who lives for his beloved boat, Olivia, bobbing among the bustling blue of the shores. Kapitan is an enigma; a man who has sailed the Medite...


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    A Henri Castang Mystery - An intriguing case presents itself to Castang where assassination and terrorism are the order of the day. A deputy mayor is murdered and his family, friends and colleagues are all suspects. In this pulsing mystery, Freeling ...







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    When a high court judge holidaying in France with his family, finds a naked corpse in their Rolls Royce, Henri Castang is called to investigate. What transpires is mocking mayhem, as Castang weaves his way through deception and mystery and Freeling's...


  • Nicolas Freeling, a master of crime writing, is teamed here with a distinguished American physicist in this factual account of an unspeakable event that could so easily happen. Applying his engrossing insights into psychological observation, Freeling...


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    A Van der Valk Thriller - Arlette Van der Valk finds herself widowed from a man who left an indelible mark on the world of crime investigation. After her initial grief, Arlette is at a loose end - Piet was her life, but Van der Valk soon finds that m...


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    Sabine Arthur is a rich widow. She is seventy-three. She has been a good poet. And she has come to the office of the Police Judiciare for help. She is being persecuted, she claims, and her life has been threatened -- perhaps by her son, perhaps by hi...


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    A European city, bathed in the sultry heat of a summer afternoon and a telephone call announcing a triple murder. Henri Castang is called into action in this profound and disturbing crime fiction. To protect himself, he must play by the rules but i...


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  • Nicolas Freeling introduces a subtle and highly complex character in the shape of police detective Piet Van der Valk in this thriller, triggered by a street stabbing with a difference. Freeling gives an astute, imaginative breakdown of the world of v...


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    Esther Marx, wife of a dull Dutch sergeant, is machine-gunned to death in her dreary apartment, and the trail leads back to events in Vietnam, in Dien Bien Phu , in 1954. A Freeling classic....


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    Van der Valk finds small-town life a bore -- until the "accidental death" of the local innkeeper proves not accidental at all! The White Horse, a convivial inn run by an extraordinarily handsome man and his very attractive wife, is the social cent...


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    The placid freedom from whiling away the hours on holiday seems like a dream. But there's no rest for the wicked. At least, not where Louis Schweitzer is concerned. After a day in the countryside, Schweitzer is back home, having murdered two victims ...



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    They told Inspector Van der Valk to pose as a bureaucrat, go to the dreariest town in Northern Holland and forget he was a policeman. They wanted him and his wife to become small-town eavesdroppers like everybody else. Just to find out who was writin...


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    The patient, hunch-playing policeman Van der Valk struggles with a corpse which has no identity and then too many.... A first-rate story of crime and detection, says the New York Times. "Subtly powerful" "Freeling is the best. The Londoner is as good...


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    A shocking case of robbery and rape thrusts Inspector Van der Valk into the center of a sinister teenage gang. Bloemendaal aan Zee is a pleasant town of modern buildings, high incomes, happy families, and little crime. So when teenage vandalism su...


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    Freeling's first novel is told from the perspective of the prime suspect, who is caught in a web of seemingly incontestable circumstantial evidence, evidence so overwhelming that he begins to doubt himself. But Inspector Van der Valk comes to the res...