Books: Once More with Freeling

AUPRÈS DE MA BLONDE by NICOLAS FREELING 228 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

Few enterprises launched in the hopeful '60s have been as successful as a square, spare gumshoe called Inspector Van der Valk. The humane Amsterdam police detective was the creation of Nicholas Freeling, a 45-year-old ex-hotel cook who put away his pots a decade ago and took to publishing suspense novels at the rate of one a year. Since then, Van der Valk has been probing characters, savoring cookery and solving crimes (mainly murder in high or low degree) around Holland and...

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