Inspector Pieter Van In is begrudgingly finishing up a healthy lunch when he hears the news: While restoring their farmhouse, the Vermasts have found a skeleton in the backyard. Read more...
Inspector Pieter Van In is begrudgingly finishing up a healthy lunch when he hears the news: While restoring their farmhouse, the Vermasts have found a skeleton in the backyard. Van In, who happens to be married to the deputy public prosecutor, is determined to solve the case in double-quick time and squeeze in one last vacation before the birth of his first child.
But this murder is trickier than it looks. The Vermasts' land belonged to the most prominent businessman in West Flanders before it was suddenly handed over to a right-wing charity. The heavily endowed foundation appears to have no expenditures or investments. So who's financing it--and why?
Before he knows it, Van In finds himself in the middle of a complex web--one that involves high-level officials, local law enforcement, and common thugs. The harder he tries to unravel the thread, the more difficult it becomes to uncover the secrets that the charity's benefactors are trying to hide. This time Van In will have to risk lives to find out the truth.
- ISBN-13: 9781497678897
- ISBN-10: 1497678897
- Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thri
- Publish Date: July 2015
- Page Count: 336
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: Pieter Van in Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-04
- Reviewer: Staff
The skeleton unearthed by young Tine Vermast outside her family’s Bruges farmhouse plunges Asst. Commissioner Pieter Van In into what proves to be a decades-old cesspool of prostitution, political corruption, and worse in Belgian author Aspe’s suspenseful but disturbing puzzler, the third in the series to be translated into English. Ironically, the start of the investigation finds the acerbic alcoholic in far better form than his previous appearance (2013’s The Midas Murders), seemingly mellowing in conjugal bliss with his blossoming and pregnant bride, deputy prosecutor Hannelore Martens. But it’s hard for either of them to preserve that honeymoon glow when the not-so-cold case leads to a fresh corpse, then another—and puts one of Van In’s police colleagues in grave danger. Spiking his dark, intricately plotted tale with flashes of humor, the author reminds readers why the quirky Van In chronicles have sold more than one million copies in Europe alone. (July)