Daneet Steffens
November 14, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Perfidious Parrot

Current Status
In Season
Janwillem Van De Wetering
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Detectives Grijpstra and De Gier, the less than perfect cops from Amsterdam, are as wry and eccentric as always in their 14th adventure together. Although recently retired from the Dutch police force, they still see action, thanks to the detective agency they maintain as a tax front. Equally adept at cracking cases on foreign soil and their own, Grijpstra and De Gier here traipse off to Key West and the Caribbean to solve a complicated mystery with two new sidekicks, the physically adroit Karate and Ketchup. Van De Wetering’s trademarks — jazz references and Zen wisdom — pepper this quirky crime novel. B+

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