Judas: How a Sister's Testimony Brought Down a Criminal MasterMind


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Mulholland Books
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5.4 X 1.2 X 8.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Astrid Holleeder is a Dutch lawyer and writer. She is the sister of the criminal Willem Holleeder and was, together with her older sister and a former friend of Willem, a witness to his prosecution. Her memoir Judas sold half a million copies and became the bestselling book in the Netherlands in 2016. Her second book, Diary of a Witness, also became an instant bestseller.


"A harrowing, courageous account of murder and family...riveting, sensational, unforgettable."--Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Compulsively readable... [Judas] is not only a fascinating examination of a criminal many American readers will be unfamiliar with, but also a moving and heartbreaking tale of the toll exerted on the families of headline criminals."--Booklist
"Written while awaiting her brother's trial, Holleeder's engrossing story reads like the last will and testament of a dead woman walking."--Publishers Weekly
"Written from her place in hiding, Judas is Astrid's story of deception, turmoil and -- ultimately -- courage . . . A stark statement about how one familial tie can strangle so many lives."--The Washington Times
"Guaranteed, you've never read a memoir like Judas, already a runaway hit in the Netherlands where it was first published. Judas is the story of Astrid Holleeder, the criminal lawyer who decided to testify against her brother, crime kingpin Willem "Wim" Holleeder, knowing it would put her life in grave danger. Holleeder is currently in hiding as she waits to testify. Reading Holleeder's matter-of-fact account of the years leading to this decision gives the uncanny sensation of reading a death wish."--Refinery29
"A lurid crime story in the form of an intimate domestic drama."--The New Yorker