I found Bakker a most original police officer, an awkward girl from the Dutch provinces but with a great flair for investigation, and I look forward to reading more about her. The various policemen are nicely drawn and well-differentiated, as are the criminals. There is something deliciously comic about the way Jansen mourns the passing of the old-school criminals who had a certain moral code about them.
Hewson's Amsterdam setting is vibrantly drawn, as is the canal area where Vos keeps his dilapidated houseboat. I think this is the first crime novel I've read where the main protagonist and his subordinate go about their business on bicycles. Although I found the writing style somewhat disconnected, and some of the characters and situations are 'stock', I would definitely recommend this book