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The Amsterdam Connection Sue Leather


Summary The next day, Elly tells Kate about the post mortem.
Death was most probably the result of knife wounds
London journalist, Kate Jensen, is having a drink with
and Max died in de Pijp. Through Elly’s contacts, Kate
her old editor friend Max Carson, now co-manager of
gains access to files at a betting office which reveal
Rotterdam City Football Club with his brother Tom.
that large bets have been placed by a syndicate – the
Max invites Kate to Holland to write about the club.
Amsterdam Connection – which has been profiting
But two days later, Max is found stabbed to death in a
from Rotterdam’s defeats. Later, a talk with Inspector
rough area of Amsterdam, de Pijp. Kate is determined
De Vries proves fruitless since Kate’s suspicions about
to find out what happened and her editor, Dave
Max’s death and Christiaans’ possible involvement
Balzano, agrees to let Kate cover the story.
with the betting syndicate are not backed up with
In Amsterdam, Kate makes contact with Elly, evidence. That evening, Jos and Kate watch Rotterdam
a police officer, who gives her some background lose. The goalkeeper seems to be particularly inept.
information – it seems to be a street mugging, though Jos is very disappointed; he autographs a team photo
Kate has doubts. Elly gives Kate a name and address and dedicates it ‘To my dear freind’ – the same spelling
found on Max’s body; Jos van Essen, a retired mistake. Kate knows that Jos tipped her off about the
Rotterdam City football player. They meet and he betting, but Jos is found dead later that night.
is deeply shocked at Max’s death. Kate learns that
Kate visits the Rotterdam goalkeeper, Raúl Sanchez,
there were arguments between Max and Tom, but Jos
who admits that he has been paid by Christiaans to lose
is reluctant to talk about problems at the club. Kate
matches. Kate plans to trap Christiaans. With Elly’s
also learns that Max took pills for a heart condition
help, Raúl is fitted with a secret microphone and tape
and Max had a meeting with an unknown person on
recorder. Once Kate has an admission on tape, she will
the night of his death. Kate visits de Pijp, the scene
have evidence. The plan goes wrong; back in her hotel,
of the crime. In a bar, she falls into a conversation
Kate answers the door, expecting Elly and Raúl, but
with an old man called Bert. Over dinner with Elly,
it is Christiaans, who Kate recognises as her assailant.
Kate hears that the police have arrested a suspect – a
Kate is taken prisoner and is locked in a cellar with
small-time local criminal, who had Max’s wallet.
Elly, who has been captured along with Raúl. They are
Kate is unconvinced. She phones her editor, Balzano,
held hostage and will die unless Raúl loses the game
who delivers an ultimatum – find a story or leave
against Ajax. Kate succeeds in escaping and summons
Amsterdam. Later, Bert tells Kate that Max was
help from the police, who raid the house. Christiaans is
already dead when he was dumped in the street; the
shot and wounded; Raúl and Elly are found alive.
suspect simply robbed the body.
That night, Inspector De Vries finalises the case
The next day, Kate visits Tom Carson at Rotterdam
against Christiaans, who is proved to have murdered
City Football Club, on the pretext of writing about
both Max and Jos. Tom Carson fills in the details of
the club. They talk about Max and Kate picks up
how Christiaans assumed a position of such power in
signals that Tom is worried about the club. Back
the club. The story concludes with Kate sending her
in Amsterdam, Kate does some research about the
story to editor Dave Balzano in London.
club and discovers a major share-holder is a Martijn
Christiaans. Back at her hotel, an anonymous
letter from ‘a freind’ (sic) is waiting, advising her to Before reading
investigate bets placed on teams to beat Rotterdam. 1. Student’s own answer.
Later, Kate rings Jos, who offers to take her to the big 2. Student’s own answer.
game against Barcelona. That night, Kate is attacked
by an unknown assailant, but she uses karate to fend
him off.
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The Amsterdam Connection Sue Leather


3. a Chapter 3 Chapter 7
b Chapter 4
1. 1 d, 2 c, 3 f, 4 e, 5 b, 6 a
c Chapter 2
2. Student’s own answer.
d Chapter 5
e Chapter 1
Chapter 8
Check your reading 1. Kate discovered that Martijn Christiaans
owned forty-five per cent of Rotterdam City
Chapter 1 Football Club. Kate went to visit him, but he
1. a Dave Balzano wasn’t at home. At the hotel, there was a letter
b Rotterdam City Football Club for Kate, advising her to look into a bet that
c Kate Rotterdam would lose to Leiden. Kate called
d Kate Jos, who agreed to take her to the match against
e Max Barcelona. That night someone attacked Kate,
but she used her karate training to fight back.
Chapter 2 2. Student’s own answer.
1. 1 e, 2 d, 3 b, 4 a, 5 c
2. Student’s own answer. Chapter 9
1. a 95
Chapter 3 b 12.00 and 3.30
1. 1 e, 2 a, 3 d, 4 c, 5 b c 500,000
2. Student’s own answer. d 6 to 1 / 3,000,000
2. Student’s own answer.
Chapter 4
Chapter 10
1. Jos van Essen couldn’t believe Max was dead.
Max had helped him become a great footballer. 1. a P, b P, c F, d F, e F, f P
Jos said that Max and his brother Tom were
close, but they had been arguing recently. Jos and Chapter 11
Max had a drink on Thursday evening, and Jos 1. f, a, b, e, c, d
gave him his new address. Max then took a taxi
to visit someone. Kate didn’t know Max took Chapter 12
pills for his bad heart. Jos didn’t want to talk
about the problems at the football club. 1. a Christiaans / Sanchez
b Tom
Chapter 5 c Sanchez
d Sanchez
1. c, f, a, e, g, b, d e Kate / Christiaans

Chapter 6 Chapter 13
1. a Bert 1. Raúl was going to ask Christiaans for more
b Max money so Kate would have recorded evidence
c the police for the police. The police had found some pills
d Cor Schaap
e Kate

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Level 4

The Amsterdam Connection Sue Leather


called Lanoxin in Max’s room. Lanoxin was a Chapter 15
powerful heart drug; perhaps it was used to kill
Max. Kate picked up the computer print-out 1. 1 e, 2 a, 3 d, 4 c, 5 b
from Kanters; there was information about bets
against Rotterdam made by the Amsterdam Chapter 16
Connection. At seven o’clock someone knocked 1. a Elly
on Kate’s door. Kate was expecting Elly and b Christiaans
Raúl but it was Christiaans. c Elly
d Raúl
Chapter 14 e Tom
1. c, g, e, f, a, d, b f Max
g Balzano

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