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Maria van Buren, a stunning, high-class prostitute, is located lifeless with a knife in her again in her houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. Grijpstra and de Gier needs to remedy the homicide. Her tony consumers all have sound alibis. ahead of the assassin is stuck, the detectives and their commissaris will examine allegations of black magic, commute to Curaçao, and pursue the clues to a cold island off the coast of Holland.

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Grijpstra additionally proposal. His innovations have been detrimental, irritable, spiteful. "Look at him," Grijpstra idea. "Handsome fellow, is not he? wonderful go well with he's donning. darkish blue denim, tailor made. light blue blouse. And that little shawl. Dandy! And the curly hair! And that nostril. Bloody movie famous person. Bah. " yet Grijpstra corrected himself. He advised himself to not be jealous. He reminded himself that de Gier was once his good friend. a devoted modest good friend. He pressured himself to recollect the 2 events that de Gier had risked his lifestyles for him. He compelled himself to fail to remember the 3 events on which he had risked his personal lifestyles to avoid wasting de Gier's. "We are in Amsterdam," he advised himself. "In Amsterdam the crooks threaten, yet they do not kill. it really is a simple city. not anything ever occurs in Amsterdam. " He had acknowledged it aloud back, and de Gier bent right down to learn the purple Telex studies. "What do you suggest? " de Gier requested. "Look at this. lots occurs. " He was once status subsequent to the set of drums which had as soon as, some time past now, miraculously seemed of their room and which Grijpstra had refused to come to whoever could personal it. Grijpstra used the drums in his empty moments to restore the desires of his formative years while he had deliberate to turn into a jazz musician; and de Gier, now and then, observed him on a small flute, a relic from de Gier's early days whilst he performed church track on the Dutch Reformed university. De Gier picked up one of many drumsticks. "Plenty occurs. the following. site visitors injuries (bam at the drum), stolen bicycles (bam) automobile slipped into the canal (bam). " Grijpstra groaned on the bams. "And the following! (roll at the drum). Armed theft. 3 males preserving up outdated girl in cigar shop. woman wounded. that is actual crime. tried manslaughter, that are supposed to were ours. " "Not ours," Grijpstra stated. "Sietsema and Geurts are taking good care of that. " "Sietsema is a motor cop," de Gier acknowledged. "He was once transferred to the crime squad. Fell off his Guzzi as soon as too usually, did not you pay attention? " De Gier placed down his drumsticks and seemed out of the window. The site visitors used to be relocating back and growled earlier Headquarters, farting its fumes into open home windows the place policemen have been on the brink of care for one other day of holding lawful order. De Gier as soon as desired to be a motor cop yet had allowed himself to be talked into detection. "You have a great mind, de Gier," the workers officer had instructed him, "don't waste your reliable mind, de Gier. " He continuously questioned if the alternative were correct. He might have been a sergeant on a motorbike, similar pay, similar stipulations. a wide white shining Guzzi. Motor law enforcement officials wouldn't have flat ft. Neither had de Gier, yet he may at some point. Detectives stroll an excessive amount of. They wait at highway comers. They climb never-ending stairs, frequently the inaccurate stairs. Motor police officers by no means climb stairs. "Maybe Sietsema and Geurts will make a large number of it, and the manager inspector will supply the activity to us. " "He won't," Grijpstra stated, and sneezed. "Shall i am getting you a pleasant cup of espresso? " "Yes," Grijpstra stated. De Gier went to the door, opened it, and iced up. "Gentlemen," the commissaris acknowledged.

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