The Dutch writer Janwillem van de Wetering, famous for the Grijpstra & de Gier series of crime novels, has died at the age of 77.
His crime novels featuring the detectives Grijpstra and De Gier were based on Mr Van de Wetering’s own experiences as a police officer in Amsterdam between 1966 and 1975.
The Grijpstra & de Gier novels later became the basis for a successful film and television series. He also wrote a trilogy based on the time he spent at a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery.
Most of Mr Van de Wetering’s novels were based on his own experiences in various parts of the world. He also lived and worked in South Africa, Colombo, Peru and Australia. At the time of his death, he was living in the US state of Maine.
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