The Square of Revenge by Pieter Aspe
An Inspector Van In Novel (Inspector Van in Mysteries)

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For those who discovered the Belgian city depicted here in the 2008 film In Bruges, this book will be a welcome return...
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An ancient family name hides sinister secrets of love and betrayal, riches and revenge in the heart-pounding English-language debut by European crime sensation Pieter Aspe

The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof’s jewelry store is robbed, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of aqua regia, an acid so strong that it can melt even gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn.

At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof’s children begin to receive letters with this same enigmatic square, Van In and the beautiful new District Attorney, Hannelore Martens, find themselves engaged in solving the mystery of a complex web of Latin phrases, a baroness’ fallen family, and Degroof’s unsettling relationship with a hostage grandchild, who is being ransomed for a priceless collection of art.
 

About Pieter Aspe

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Pieter Aspe is the author of a series detective stories starring inspector Van In. The Square of Revenge was the first novel to be translated into English. Pieter lives in Bruges, Belgium, and is one of the most popular writers contemporary writers in the Flemish language.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 336 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 01 2013

Van In and his eccentric cast of colleagues will be welcome companions for many readers, who will probably find comparisons to Simenon’s Maigret.

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Good
on Mar 31 2013

For those who discovered the Belgian city depicted here in the 2008 film In Bruges, this book will be a welcome return...

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