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De Gier and the Commissaris Go on a Road Trip
on December 9, 2012
When the brother-in-law of the Commissaris dies in Maine, he goes to help his sister deal with selling her house and moving back to Holland. She is not his favorite sibling (she's very old fashion) but family is family. Grijpstra fears that the Commissaris will be like a fish out-of-water in America and works out a way for De Gier to get a free trip to the States by going on a 'learning trip' to work with the police force in the Commissaris' sisters home town.
As everyone can guess, a mystery of multiple murders has been going on in the area and the Commissaris and De Gier get involved.
The story and the mystery are very pedestrian, and if you put your mind to it you can guess whats going on by the middle of the book. What I found interesting was the descriptions by van de Wetering of America in the late 1970s and a European's take on American at that time. Except for his description of small town New England life (he spent his last twenty-five years living in Maine), the book is just a pleasant way to spend a long winter evening.