Bob Mendes (b. 1928) boasts an impressive oeuvre, ranging from poems and short stories to novels and plays. Over the years, Mendes has developed into the master of crime and his first faction thriller 'Vengeance' (Vergelding) won him the Gouden Strop in 1993. Four years later, he won this prize for best Dutch-language thriller again for The Power of Fire (De kracht van het vuur), making him the first Flemish author to win the award twice.
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