An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307946416, 305pp.
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
The final day of Waldemar Leverkuhn's life begins auspiciously: With three friends, he wins a modest sum in the lottery. But it ends, after a celebratory dinner, with him belligerent, drunk, and stumbling home to his bed, where he is brutally stabbed to death with a carving knife. The case seems to be going nowhere, until the reserved, weary widow confesses to the killing. When the Leverkuhns formidable neighbor goes missing, and then turns up gruesomely murdered, Munster and his team find a few, wispy clues that suggest her death is connected to Leverkuhn's clues that lead to a dark and terrible secret.
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.” —The New York Times
“Nesser’s novels look for the roots of crime in the ills of society. . . . He has seized his chance to create his own dark poetry from these stark materials, and the effect is haunting.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Hakan Nesser’s Swedish detective novel plays like an English parlor mystery, a sort of mental shell game as police sit to interview potential witness after witness, nearly all of whom are suspects until they die themselves.” —Charleston Post & Courier
“Sterling . . . Gallows humor punctuates the solid plot as Münster’s introspective musings lead to a surprise ending.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)