Roel Janssen

Besides being a thriller writer, Roel Janssen (b. 1947) is also the politics and economics editor of NRC Handelsblad. He uses his journalistic knowledge to write intriguing, well-constructed novels. For example, De kloonbaby (The Cloned Baby), published in 2003, deals with new genetic techniques, and Karaktermoord (Character Assassination), published in 2005, covers free trade (with China) and technology. His financial thrillers De Struisvogel-code (The Ostrich Code), from 1997, and Het Mercatorcomplot (The Mercator Conspiracy), 2000, both received three stars in VN’s Detective & Thrillergids (thriller guide). De tiende vrouw was awarded the 2007 Golden Noose thriller prize.

The Tenth Woman

The Tenth Woman

(Cargo, 2007, 381 pages)

De tiende vrouw (The Tenth Woman) is an epic thriller about money laundering practices and the Amsterdam mafia. The novel is rooted in current affairs, and based on a real-life controversy involving a mafia boss, Willem Holleeder, and a property magnate, Willem Endstra, regarded as the banker of the underworld.

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