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    I m not aware of them any, but the Van der Valk stories used to be admiredand there was a popular TV spinoff This is a police procedural it s not really a mystery A gang of youths have been carrying out robberies in Amsterdam and then perpetrate a gang rape Van der Valk takes the case, suspects the crimes were carried out by rich kids from out of town Largely by luck he begins to have suspicions about some youths in a rich coastal new town the story follows his finding evidence, understanding the details of the case, confronting the boys, etc If you like this sort of thing it is well constructed, although there is a lot of explanation at the end clearing up all the loose ends Van der Valk is constantly registered as normal he has none of the eccentricities that mark so many literary detectivesor, rather, his eccentricity and gimmick is that he is Dutch There is none of the angst that overtook later detectives no broken marriages his wife happily looks after their child and cooks the dinners Like Maigret, he is one of those detectives who has the instinctive ability to read character and the world is split between genuine people and the phonies and Van der Valk is no snob, if he befriends a bluff successful businessman he is also at ease with the local prostitute But then, during the investigation, there is a strange passage Van der Valk is questioning one of the phonies, the mother of one of the suspects, and it is stated that it would do her good if she was raped by three sailors I m not sure whose voice this is, Van der Valk s or the author s, but they are probably the same As one of the crimes under investigation is a gang rape it seems strange to wish this upon someonemaybe the novel is about to move into a darker area, undermining the line between the lawful and the criminalbut no, it seems a genuine comment There are a whole series of attitudes underlying the book they aren t investigated, they are just taken for granted I suppose they are the attitudes of an English, well educated, middle class, liberal, male intellectual in the early 1960sand many of them are a little unnerving Despite the positive portrayal of the prostitute, sexism is the norm, misogyny not far away it is presumed women will keep to their places the boys girls the cats of the title come off worse than the boys it s not a theme that the book deals with, but the women are disturbingthe book presumes that we, the readers, are disturbed by women Behind the gang there is an older man who is finally exposed as emotionally infantile he mixes fuzzy mysticism and National Socialismbut one of the signs that he hasn t grown up is that he likes jazz in Van der Valk s world grownups appreciate classical musicGod knows what Van der Valk and Freeling thought of rock music and the coming generations who listen to it.

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    The is the first and probably only book I ll read by Nicolas Freeling, the British crime writer responsible for the Van der Valk series policiers set in Amsterdam during the 60s Because of the Cats is allegedly one of his best, but I found it fairly dull, both in terms of character and plot I ordered on the hope it would be as good as some of the other EuroCrime novels particularly Dominique Manotti s and I was flatly disappointed I wouldn t recommend it to my cat.

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    I actually liked the writing quite a bit, but was too often annoyed by mindless misogynistic asides Would have been 4 stars without the sexism.

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    This is a strange book from a good writer The second, I believe, of his Amsterdam detective Van de Valk stories, it is a ruminative, closely detected story of rich kids gone wrong in a nouveau riche suburb of Amsterdam The Cats are girlfriends of a gang of adolescent hoodlums who think nothing of break and enter damage to private property and other abuses which escalate Rape enters in, as well as parental neglect and city allures for unanchored youth Freeling, who was British, is writing in the sixties from a British PVO about crime in another European city Amsterdam He has his own ideas about the road to hell in but it s difficult to tell whether they are the author s or the detective s.I found it interesting sociologically and from a procedural point of view I don t mind his slow, considered style but the book has some troubling ideas about boys and girls and about society in general, except that some of them are right He introduced themes ar that are worthy of investigation sexism, materialism, the way general bad behavior can lead to rape, for example and he offers his take on the then modern world 60s Things have not gotten better.Interesting writer In this case, not terribly powerful, but intriguing.

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    I m beginning to enjoy this series, with its colorful descriptions, philosophical tone, and the interesting character of Chief Inspector van der Valk, who travels to the pleasant and prosperous town of Bloemendaal, where a group of educated and wealthy youths are believed to be involved in a series of burglaries and destruction which finally escalated into rape Juvenile delinquency, nihilism, rituals and orgies What a mess it was to leave to Commisar Markousis I didn t quite get why view spoiler van der Valk didn t believe one of the suspects, who was obviously terrified, when he said that the cats are out to get him which they did in a way that I didn t expect , and I raised my brow over the instant love between the prostitute and one of the boys, hide spoiler

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    Dutch mystery story

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    Nicolas Freeling s Van der Valk novels A Long Silence and Gun Before Butter , which I have recently re read, are masterpieces of the crime novel genre see my reviews here and here Alas, the most recent re read of what I remembered was one of my favorite Freeling s novels, Because of the Cats , has been quite a disappointment Maybe because this is just the author s second published book but quite likely the first one that he wrote , out of about 30, and although it is an unusual and engrossing mystery as well as a vivid portrayal of a well to do segment of an European society in the early 1960s, the writing is not yet as exceptionally good as in the later novels and the characterizations are not as sharp.Chief Inspector Van der Valk investigates a series of Amsterdam break ins apparently committed by a youth gang from an affluent Dutch seaside town The boys burglarize homes and businesses, destroy property, and even rape a woman the woman later reports that one of the perpetrators said to another that the cats won t like it , hence the title The suspects apparently well brought up sons of some of the most influential figures in the bourgeois town and students at a university are quite easy to find, yet Van der Valk has serious difficulties in obtaining a proof of the boys complicity and in establishing the motive Meanwhile, one of the boys dies in suspicious circumstances.Van der Valk s tense conversations with the boys parents are highlights of the novel While successful businesspeople are total failures as parents, the youths, in turn, are completely alienated from their parents and from what is really important in life Not much has changed since 1960s, after all On the other hand, I find two threads rather cheap one features Feodora, a whore with a heart of gold, the other has the father of one of the boys helping Van der Valk They would belong in a bestseller rather than in a serious mystery book.Three stars.

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    Nicolas Freeling, who regrettably passed away in 2003 while still writing, has left us with some of the most intriguing crime novels ever written For reasons best known to himself, but which have ended up delighting his readers, this English born novelist chose to write stories based on the cases of a Dutch chief inspector called Van der Valk, or a French policeman named Henri Castang Because of the Cats is a Van der Valk novel set in Amsterdam and the nearby suburb of Bloemendaal.As always, the novel concentrates on Van der Valk s thought processes as he muddles through to the solution of the crimes in his unorthodox fashion As he does so, Freeling is quite happy to have him also examine certain facets of modern society such as, in this case, the effect of wealth on the children of busy, well to do parents With his earthy approach to life on and off the streets and his innate understanding of some of the darker sides of human nature, Van der Valk not only never fails to catch his man as is natural , but he also never fails to entertain us grandly, leaving us with much food for thought That being said, he is not the easiest author or detective to read, and the level and intricacy of the language used provides yet another level of enjoyment for those willing to follow along And by the time you reach the end of the book, you will understand that it was, indeed, because of the cats Comment

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    I gave up

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download Because of the Cats, read online Because of the Cats, kindle ebook Because of the Cats, Because of the Cats 2145520c3b10 Bloemendaal Aan Zee, That Smugly Prosperous Little Seaside Town, Has Television Sets Per Capita Than Anywhere Else In Holland Even Its Drunks Are Polite, Its Houses Uniformly Tidy And Sparkling Clean But There S Something Very Wrong With The Kids The Most Popular Teenagers Have Formed A Gang That Is Preying, With Increasing Viciousness, On Nearby Amsterdam Inspector Van Der Valk S Patch Van Der Valk Has No Love For Chilly, Yuppified Bloemendaal But His Curiosity Is As Voracious As His Appetite For Good Food And While His Colleagues Just Want The Attacks Stopped, Van Der Valk Can T Help Asking What It Is About The Town That Has Turned Bloemendaal S Children Into Monsters NO CATS ARE HARMED IN THIS BOOK Back Cover