The Dutchman is a historical crime drama written by Maan Myers. The name “Maan” here is a way for authors Martin and Annette Myers to share the credit for the book, since it uses the first two letters of each of their names.
The book is set in 1664 and follows Pieter Tonneman, who is the “Schout,” or sheriff, at New Amsterdam, which was then a trading post. Today, this area is called New York City. It becomes Tonneman’s mission to investigate the suicide of a tavern owner after a fire.
At this point, the story follows many of the traditional tropes of a mystery novel. This includes the drunkenness of Tonneman and clues being found in unlikely places, like on dogs. Analytically, there is a lot of focus on the setting of the time, such as the poverty and dirtiness that comes with an agrarian community.
Putting a traditional mystery novel into a wildly different setting like New Amsterdam can be a fresh take, but using obvious tropes from mystery novels can also bring criticism.