Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Murder Mystery Publication.Date April 15th 2014 Pages: 256 Published By: Pegasus Books Author Bob van Laerhoven Baudelaire's Revenge on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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"A mind-reading murderer. How appropriate on a night like this."
I wonder how other people look back at their younger years. Mine was filled with half-truths, painful desires, and contradictory illusions. The world around me was shrouded in mystery. A man wasn't a creature of flesh and blood but a symbol to which I would have to subject myself sooner or later. I wasn't really sure what that meant, since I had only witnessed love and hatred between women. Fancy fairytales about kings and princesses made the rounds in the monastery. They often ended in mutilation and trickery.
About the Author
Bob Van Laerhoven became a full-time author in 1991 and has written more than thirty books in Holland and Belgium. The context of his stories isn’t invented behind his desk, rather it is rooted in personal experience. As a freelance travel writer, for example, he explored conflicts and trouble-spots across the globe from the early 1990s to 2005. Echoes of his experiences on the road also trickle through in his novels. Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar… to name but a few.
During the Bosnian war, Van Laerhoven spent part of 1992 in the besieged city of Sarajevo. Three years later he was working for MSF – Doctors without frontiers – in the Bosnian city of Tuzla during the NATO bombings. At that moment the refugees arrived from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Van Laerhoven was the first writer from the Low Countries to be given the chance to speak to the refugees. His conversations resulted in a travel book: Srebrenica. Getuigen van massamoord – Srebrenica. Testimony to a Mass Murder. The book denounces the rape and torture of the Muslim population of this Bosnian-Serbian enclave and is based on first-hand testimonies. He also concludes that mass murders took place, an idea that was questioned at the time but later proven accurate.
All these experiences contribute to Bob Van Laerhoven’s rich and commendable oeuvre, an oeuvre that typifies him as the versatile author of novels, travel stories, books for young adults, theatre pieces, biographies, poetry, non-fiction, letters, columns, articles… He is also a prize-winning author: in 2007 he won the Hercule Poirot Prize for best thriller of the year with his novel De Wraak van Baudelaire – Baudelaire’s Revenge.
For more information please visit Bob Van Laerhoven’s website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.
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