Nicolas Freeling was a British crime novelist that wrote the series of detective novels focused on Van der Valk. The series was later made into a television series for the British ITV Network and the show aired throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Freeling wrote many books about Van der Valk, but eventually grew bored with the character and decided to kill him off in 1972. Despite pleas to the contrary, Freeling refused to bring the character back and wrote novels with der Valk’s widow Arlette as the detective. He would later go on to write a second detective series about a character named Henri Castang that many prefer. Freeling won an Edgar Award for Best Novel for The King of the Rainy Country and won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Gun Before Butter.

Publication Order of Henri Castang Books

A Dressing of Diamond (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bugles Blowing / What Are The Bugles Blowing For? (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sabine / Lake Isle (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Lords (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Castang's City (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wolfnight (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Back of the North Wind (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Part in Your Death (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Iron (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lady Macbeth (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not As Far As Velma (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Those in Peril (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flanders Sky / The Pretty How Town (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Who Know (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seacoast of Bohemia (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dwarf Kingdom (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Van der Valk Books

Love in Amsterdam / Death in Amsterdam (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Because of the Cats (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gun Before Butter / A Question of Loyalty (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Double-Barrel (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Criminal Conversation (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The King of the Rainy Country (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strike Out Where Not Applicable (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tsing Boum (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lovely Ladies / Over the High Side (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Long Silence / Auprès De Ma Blonde (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Widow (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Damn Thing After Another / Arlette (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sand Castles (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Valparaiso (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dresden Green (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This is the Castle (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gadget (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A City Solitary (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One More River (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Day Tomorrow (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Janeites (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Kitchen Book (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kitchen and the Cook (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Criminal Convictions (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Village Book (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Nicolas Freeling Books, You’ll Love…

The King of the Rainy Country is the Edgar Award winning novel from Freeling. The book sees Van der Velk taking on a missing persons case. Van der Velk is visited by a mysterious stranger and is sent on a search all over Europe for an elusive businessman. The detective has trouble locating the man as he’s disappeared with a naked girl and proves to be rather elusive, but Van der Velk will find him and find out why he disappeared.

Freeling is also the author of Lake Isle which takes place in the French town of Soulay. In this one, Inspector Henri Castang is dealing with a brutal robbery, a drugged teeneger, and a violent death. The Inspector feels there may be a mysterious connection to recent events in Paris and the Inspector must untangle a mix of spiteful small-town gossip and big-city crime in order to solve the case, or cases.

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