Nicolas Freeling – Criminal Conversation (1965)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Skull
Date Finished: July 22, 2016
TBR #63

A pointed and intended imitation of Simenon’s Maigret, this fifth novel of Freeling’s series of Dutch police inspector Van der Valk is well done, but slow moving. Freeling captures Simenon’s mood and atmosphere, but where many Maigret novels are shorter, this one is a bit too long. It is split into two parts, one following Van der Valk’s thoughts and actions and the other following the killer’s. They become friends and have sympathy for each other, and this is a good interior examination of two somewhat lonely individuals. I would just have enjoyed it more if I had been moved to pick it up more often.

Vintage Silver Scavenger 2016-07-22


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