Kidnapping Mr Heineken – The Exhilarating Story of Ransom Gone Wrong

by |March 2, 2015

In 1983 Freddy Heineken, CEO of the brewing company Heineken International and one of the richest people in the Netherlands, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of friends, demanding 16 million Euros for his release. The rest is history.

In 1987, journalist Peter R. de Vries release the acclaimed book De ontvoering van Alfred Heineken which was an instant bestseller.

The book was never translated into English until now, to tie-in with the release of the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington.

With unique access to the kidnappers, Peter R De Vries’ story is not to be missed.


kidnapping-mr-heinekenKidnapping Mr Heineken

by Peter R. de Vries

It was the perfect crime…until they got away with it. Now available for the first time in English, the prize-winning bestseller that inspired the film starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington.

The year was 1983. While Reagan is President, Michael Jackson is doing The Moon Walk and The Police’s Every Breath You Take is topping the charts a group of childhood friends decide they want money. Real money. The best way to do it is simple, they agree, all they have to do is commit the perfect crime. So they draw up a list. So begins an astonishing story of an audacious kidnapping carried out in broad daylight by a group of twentysomething lads with no priors…

Told from the compelling perspective of Cor van Hout, the brains behind the crime, Kidnapping Mr Heineken reconstructs the meticulous planning behind the kidnap, the delivery of the ransom – and reveals what finally led everything to unravel…

Order a copy of Kidnapping Mr Heineken here

Order a copy of Kidnapping Mr Heineken here

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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