About the book
Dittrich excels with this modern Amsterdam detective novel, based on real events
In front of a jeweller’s in the fashionable P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, the police arrest a tramp on suspicion of theft. He resists fiercely and one of the police officers uses a choke hold, as a result of which the man falls into a coma. Detective Maya Oliphant interrogates the police. Their account contrasts markedly with a video that turns up on the internet.
When the tramp is murdered in his hospital bed, Maya suddenly finds herself in charge of a murder investigation. Under great pressure, she tries to determine the tramp’s identity, a search that takes her back thirty years to a time when the man was an important judge in Alkmaar and issued several extremely controversial verdicts. He then disappeared without trace. Was the murderer seeking revenge for a supposed injustice done to him thirty years before?