commissaire inspector dottore

a bibliography of detective-inspector novels

a.c. baantjer

the de cock series

De Cock en een strop voor Bobby. Amsterdam: Arbeiderspers, 1964.

De Cock en de wurger op zondag. Amsterdam: Arbeiderspers, 1965.

De Cock en het lijk in de kerstnacht. Amsterdam: Arbeiderspers, 1965.
 ∴  🇺🇸 Murder in Amsterdam. Translated by H.G. Smittenaar. Fairfax Station, VA: InterContinental, 1993.

De Cock en de romance in moord. Baarn: De Fontein, 1977.
 ∴  🇩🇪 De Cock und der Romantische Mord. Translated by Erwin Peters. Frankfurt: Ullstein, 1981.
 ∴  🇺🇸 De Kok and the Romantic Murder. Translated by H.G. Smittenaar. Fairfax Station, VA: InterContinental, 1994.

De Cock en de smekende dood. Baarn: De Fontein, 1982.
 ∴  🇺🇸 De Kok and the Begging Death. Translated by H.G. Smittenaar. Fairfax Station, VA: InterContinental, 1999.

De Cock en moord op termijn. Baarn: De Fontein, 1985.
 ∴  🇺🇸 De Kok and Murder by Installment. Translated by H.G. Smittenaar. Denver: Speck, 2007.

A.C. Baantjer's De Cock series may be the largest of all detective-inspector series, comprising 70 titles. Some day they may all appear here, but for the moment this list is highly incomplete. It includes only the first few in the series, plus some from later on that I happened to read in translation. The handiest guide to the whole series is (for some reason) on the Spanish Wikipedia page for A.C. Baantjer.

The De Cock novels are uneven, but along the way, De Kok and the Romantic Murder includes a good capsule description of the archetypal fictional detective inspector: "DeKok always solved his cases. His eccentric behavior did not make him any easier to deal with. [His supervisor] detested the way DeKok could circumvent the regulations, disregard procedures, and ignore directives. He also detested DeKok's total contempt for bureaucracy, hierarchy, and 'going by the book.' … Although he would never be promoted beyond his present rank, he was the ablest and most experienced policeman on the force." (74)