The publication of writer Richard Klinkhamer’s true crime book Woensdag Gehaktdag (mince on Wednesday), about how he killed his wife in 1991, is the subject of much press comment on Wednesday.
The Volkskrant reports that the AKO book shop chain has decided not to stock it on the grounds that it is ‘morally dubious’. Competitors Bruna and Selexyz are more sanguine, the paper reports.
A Bruna spokesman tells the paper that it is all about freedom of expression and says it is not its place to tell the reader if the story goes too far. Selexyz says it will be careful with placement of the book and will not include it in window displays.
Established novelist Klinkhamer, 70, killed his wife in 1991 with a crowbar after an argument and buried her in the garden. Her body was discovered in 2000 and Klinkhamer was sentenced to six years in prison. He was released from jail in early in 2003.
According to the Volkskrant’s book reviewer the book is ‘intriguing, whether we like it or not’.