Monday, July 07, 2008

Jan Willem van de Wetering 1931-2008

Jan Willem Lincoln van de Wetering, the creator of a series of mystery novels centered around detectives Grijpstra and De Gier died on the 4th of July at his home in Maine.

I've got all of the mystery titles, as well as at least one graphic novel about Grijpstra & De Gier.
The books Van de Wetering wrote about Zen (he was a Zen Buddhist since 1975) AfterZen and The Empty Mirror are on my wish list.

Our paths crossed in Amsterdam (at the apartment of my downstairs neighbor, his nephew), at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

I remember Jan Willem as a kind, gregarious man with a typically Dutch sense of humor, and a thoughtful author.
Thank goodness he lives on in his writing.
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