With half the US spellbound by an investigation into Russion election meddling, and right-wing nationalists growing an ever-greater presence in parliaments across Europe, this thriller could not be more relevant, or timely. (Eekhaut wrote the Dutch version of this book a decade ago; whether this signifies prescience on his part, or tells us the current developments aren't as sudden as they seem, I leave as a reader exercize.)
Confidently paced and with much attention to character development, Eekhaut tells the story of how one murder develops into a broad-ranging investigation into the ties between a right-wing nationalist political party, immoral corporate interests, and Russian mafia.
A worthwhile read for anyone interestedin--and concerned about--current European and American politics!
This was a pleasant surprise. Wow, it is so fun finding a new author you never tried before and it's good. What is even better is that there will be more... I really enjoyed reading about Walter and his troubles while fighting crime in Amsterdam. It amazezs me that the description of traffic in that city reminds me of when I was there in 1980! This is a modern Belgian detective but is he so modern... I can stongly recommend this one.
It takes a while to get into, but then it's very compelling. The book was published in the Netherlands 9 years ago, with its English translation debut in August, 2018, but its premise could be taken from present day headlines. The main character is a truth teller which wins him no favors with his past employers. He is encouraged to leave his position in Belgium as a result and his new supervisor in Amsterdam appreciates his honesty, but is also aghast sometimes at what he says. I enjoyed learning more about criminal procedure in both countries and their differences. The book reminds me of those written by Nobel Literature prize winner Patrick Modiano.
Eekhaut can write like the best and the English translation of this thriller proves that. A must-read for everybody who wants to get out of his or her comfort zone and try something deliciously new and dark.