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Nicolas Freeling (1927–2003)

Author of Love in Amsterdam

Includes the names: Freling N., N. Freeling, F. R. E. Nicolas, Nicolas Freeling, Nicholas Freeling, FREELING NICHOLAS

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2,502 (2,525)447,739 (3.73)30
Love in Amsterdam 164 copies, 6 reviews
Gun Before Butter 162 copies, 1 review
Because of the Cats 147 copies, 2 reviews
The King of the Rainy Country 146 copies, 6 reviews
A Long Silence 115 copies, 1 review
Double-Barrel 101 copies, 1 review
Tsing-Boum 89 copies, 1 review
Over the High Side 80 copies, 2 reviews
The Night Lords 64 copies
Sand Castles 64 copies, 1 review
The Back of the North Wind 60 copies, 2 reviews
Dressing of Diamond 58 copies, 1 review
The Pretty How Town 57 copies, 1 review
The bugles blowing 55 copies, 1 review
Castang's City 54 copies, 2 reviews
The Dresden Green 52 copies, 1 review
Sabine 51 copies
You Who Know 50 copies, 1 review
Cold Iron 46 copies
Not as Far as Velma 46 copies, 1 review
Those in Peril 44 copies, 1 review
The Widow 44 copies, 2 reviews
Wolfnight 43 copies
Arlette 40 copies, 2 reviews
Gadget 40 copies
A Dwarf Kingdom 38 copies, 1 review
A City Solitary 37 copies
Valparaiso 36 copies
Lady Macbeth 33 copies, 1 review
Kitchen Book 31 copies
One More River 25 copies, 2 reviews
The Janeites 13 copies, 1 review
Cook Book 7 copies, 1 review
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Nicolas Freeling dropped out of university and wanted to become a writer. He traveled around France and Britain, working in restaurants, and discovered he had a talent for cooking. In 1959, while working as a chef in Amsterdam, a brief stint in prison for theft led Freeling to start writing a detective story that became his first Inspector Van der Valk novel, published in 1962. After killing Van der Valk off in 1972, he launched the Castang series about a provincial French detective inspector. He also wrote stand-alone novels and other books. Over the years, Freeling won the three most prestigious awards for crime writing, the Grand Prix de Roman Policier, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the British Crime Writers' Golden Dagger, but many consider his novels to be mainstream literature.
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