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Tomas Ross

Thomas Ross (b. 1944) is a pseudonym of W.P. Hogendoorn. He studied history and trained as a journalist, going on to work as a reporter for various newspapers and television stations. His first novel Dogs of Treason (De honden van het verraad) was published in 1980 – a political thriller about the Mollucan struggle for independence, a legacy from the Netherlands’ colonial past. This highly praised debut is typical of Ross’ work: thrillers that are based on thorough research. Since his debut, Ross has published a new novel every year, sometimes two, so far some 30 altogether.
Three novels have been awarded the Golden Noose, the prize for best Dutch thriller. He has also published countless articles and several non-fiction books on the Dutch internal security service, the business world and Dutch politics, as well as writing scripts for television dramas, including In the Interest of the State (In het belang van de staat), which won him the Golden Calf in 1997.

The Sixth of May

The Sixth of May

(De Bezige Bij, 2003, 296 pages)

On 6 may 2002, two weeks before a General Election, Volkert van der Graaf assassinated Pim Fortuyn, the populist politician who was set to win and become Prime Minister of the Netherlands. This act of political violence shook pacifist, tolerant Netherlands to its core. The assassin was immediately arrested and was convicted, yet the investigation into the killing left several fundamental questions unresolved. Was he acting alone as the court decided? If so, how come the police were on the scene so quickly? Recordings of telephone conversations show that the security service was aware of the attack beforehand; so why didn’t they intervene? From these facts Tomas Ross, three-time winner of…

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The Hand of God

The Hand of God

(De Bezige Bij, 2006, 397 pages)

Tomas Ross must be the fastest writer in The Netherlands. While working on a trilogy about the Second World War, the resistance, and Prince Bernhard, he wrote - as an aside - The Hand of God, about the preparations for an attack on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the female politician who, until the summer of 2006, was a member of parliament and constantly under police protection due to threats to her life.

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