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Georges Simenon (2005) The Man Who Watched Trains Go By. (First published in 1938)

Kees Popinga, a Dutch bourgeois and model husband, likes to play chess and look on impassively as the trains to the outside world go by. But then his life falls apart as his company goes into bankruptcy. He quickly degenerates into a amoral creature and embarks on a journey of ruthless brutality.

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Herman Koch (2013) The Dinner.

A very fashionable restaurant in the eastern part of Amsterdam: two brothers and their wives meet for dinner. The conversation is cultured and polite. But then it gradually morphs into a nasty hell ride as they begin to talk about their teenage sons - who are apparently homicidal psychopaths.

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A. C. Baantjer (2007) DeKok and Murder on Blood Mountain.

With the experience of a thirty-eight-year career in law enforcement, Baantjer has created fictional characters of unique personality and depth. His Detective Inspector DeKok is a veteran policeman who has seen it all. In this novel, DeKok investigates "Bloedberg", a neighborhood in the Belgium city of Antwerp, where a man was fished from the river Scheldt.

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A. C. Baantjer (2003) Murder in Amsterdam.

Fat Sonja, an Amsterdam prostitute, is the first victim in a series of murders in Europe's sex-business capital. Written by A.C. Baantjer, one of the most popular authors in the Netherlands, this police procedural features some rather unorthodox methods by veteran policeman DeKok. Baantier, himself an Inspector with Amsterdam's police for almost 40 years, knows what he is talking about.

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