The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof’s jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof’s offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrases, a baroness’ fallen family, and Degroof’s relationship with a hostage grandchild, ransomed for a priceless collection of art.
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"The Flemish Georges Simenon." (Le Figaro, France)
"A very likable and very politically incorrect group of detectives. Humor is permanent, the plot is well constructed,and the whole story extremely exotic." (L’Express, France)
"To sell a million copies in only ten years! This never happened in Flanders before." (Het Laatste Nieuws, Belgium)
Even Steven Crossley could not make this book interesting. The characters are juvenile and the dialogue sounds like high school. Not worth my credit.
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