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An impressive location in the cellar of the popular Café Heffer, where a replica of Amsterdam bar has been built, where Baantjer’s hero, inspector De Cock (!) used to hang on. On the walls, a charming, small exhibit of the memorabilia - interesting for A.C. Baantjer’s fans. Have a glass of local beer or a soda upstairs and admire the place.
A.C.Baantjer (1923-2010), called by the public “Appie” (a small monkey), was a successful Dutch writer of the detective novels. With the author’s past as Amsterdam police inspector and his many friendships among the city popular figures, Baantjer’s novels remain a document of life in Amsterdam in another era, years before the organized crime and drugs made investigation of law-breaking a massive and dangerous police effort. In Baantjer’s novels, a popular and friendly police inspector wins through his knowledge of criminals psyche and due to his sense of humor.
Baantjer BarBaantjer wrote sixty novels, almost half has been translated to English, with six novels published in the US during the past decade and numerous novels translated to other languages, all over the world. Their popularity has been largely based on the exotic picture of life in Amsterdam they portray. There were also TV series and films based upon Baantjer novels.