Celebrating A Dutch Mystery Writer's Varied Life

Mystery novelist Janwillem Van de Wetering was once a motorcycle gang member in South Africa, an aspiring monk in Kyoto, Japan and a policeman in Amsterdam. The Dutch author's colorful past contributed to his hypnotic storytelling ability, on display in his novels The Hollow-Eyed Angel, The Blond Baboon and The Maine Massacre. Van de Wetering died July 4 at the age of 77.

This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 13, 1997.

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