Maria van Buren, a gorgeous, high-class prostitute, is located useless with a knife in her again in her houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. Grijpstra and de Gier needs to resolve 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, trip to Curaçao, and pursue the clues to a cold island off the coast of Holland.
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That fats fellow? " "Come off it," Grijpstra acknowledged. "He is not so fats, no fatter guy you'll be in many years' time. And he has a pleasant friendly face. might be he gave her a sense of protection. might be she cuddled him. She may by no means have cuddled her paying fans. The colonel, the diplomat, and our good friend Drachtsma are in all places six ft and wide-shouldered and dynamic and good-looking. possibly she received uninterested in their profiles and muscle groups. So jolly Mr. Holman grew to become her precise lover. On Sunday mornings. "Right," de Gier acknowledged. "Wonderful. Romantic. they'd espresso or scorching cocoa or milk with honey and nutmeg and so they made hot comfortable like to one another after which he bounced domestic back. " "Yes. yet he bought uninterested in her and she or he threatened to inform his spouse so he sweated for an afternoon or and made up his brain and practiced along with his darts. after which he stumbled on that beautiful depraved knife in a second-hand shop within the internal urban and he took it domestic and threw it for an hour or so after which he went to determine her final Saturday evening and threw it correct into her again. graceful. Plop. " "No," de Gier acknowledged. "Why no longer? he's a violent guy. a few little boy steps on a plant in his backyard and he supplies the little fellow this kind of wallop that he winds up in health center with a cracked cranium. And he's untrustworthy. His boss depended on him and he stole a number of thousand guilders whilst he idea not anyone used to be taking a look. you've got learn his dossier, have not you? " "I have learn his dossier. " "So? " De Gier walked over to the window and seemed down into the courtyard the place 4 stolen automobiles, chanced on through the evening patrol, have been looking ahead to their rightful proprietors. He thoughtfully scratched his backside. "So? " "Maybe. yet i do not believe so. probably you're correct. he's in a bad nation. whenever we ask him a question he wipes his face with that giant handkerchief and he will get tears in his eyes and eventually he cries. He hasn't bought an alibi. yet he threw that stiletto of yours into the commissaris' cigar field. That was once relatively foolish, wasn't it? " "Yes," Grijpstra stated, "that was once foolish. yet we might have figured out approximately his darts besides. He knew we might, so maybe it was once very smart to play besides us. " "A lover and a genius," de Gier acknowledged. "He offers in nuts, keep in mind? He set himself up in company after he were in penal complex two times. He runs his personal company so good that he owns a pleasant condominium in a great quarter and a brand-new crimson Rover. A Rover is a gorgeous posh motor vehicle. i've got spoken to 2 of his consumers pretending i needed a few information regarding his advertisement reliability. They spoke very hugely of him. He does all his personal promoting and purchasing and he has just one worker, an previous spinster who solutions his telephone whilst he's not there. i'm confident that he's an clever guy; to accumulate a superb company in many years' time takes brains. And self-discipline. " "You imagine we should always arrest him? " "No," Grijpstra stated, "we can purely carry him for a number of days. there isn't any proof in any respect. we are going to need to make him confess. " "Play cat and mouse? Make him come each day, and males supply him a holiday, after which make him come each day back?