Friday Fiction: DeKok and the Naked Lady

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Dekok and the Naked LadyDeKok and the Naked Lady
Baantjer
1994

Submitter: The eyeballs are particularly choice, I think.

Holly: <Snort!> The 12-year-old in me loves this title. I love the weird cover, too.

Seriously, though, these are popular mystery novels by a Dutch author. The detective, DeKok (which means “Cook”) apparently spells his name for people when he meets them. This series was made into a TV show, too, named for the author.

This was submitted by a public library in Illinois. I wonder if they have the other books in the series, if they have a large Dutch population in their town, and if I’m missing something because I haven’t heard of this author. Our patrons love a Scandinavian mystery, but I wasn’t aware that Dutch  mysteries were popular too.

Lastly, what’s the goo on the bottom edge of the cover? Ewww.

6 comments

  1. Dutch mysteries can be quite popular. The ‘Judge Dee’ novels by Robert Van Gulik are very interesting. The character is based on a real person named Di Renjie who lived in Tang Dynasty China but Van Gulik makes the time and place feel contemporary.

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