Having been a member of the a member of the Amsterdam Special Constabulary, his writing had a high degree of verisimilitude. He also gave us Inspector Saito and the short story "Judge Dee Plays His Lute" (along with a biography of Judge Dee creator Robert van Gulik).
He was a world traveler and his writing demonstrates insights in to a variety of cultures. His life ended while he was living in the state of Maine.
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