An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780375425035, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
The highly anticipated first novel in the Inspector Van Veeteren series in now available in English. At last, American readers will be able to enjoy, from its very beginnings, this addictive series by one of Europe’s most beloved and best-selling crime writers.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.
But Van Veeteren’s suspicions about the identity of the killer are borne out when Mitter also becomes a murder victim. Now the chief inspector launches a full-scale investigation of the two slayings. But it may only be the unspoken secrets of the dead–revealed in a mysterious letter that Mitter wrote shortly before his death–that will finally allow Van Veeteren to unmask the killer and expose the shocking root of this sordid violence.
Hakan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for Mind's Eye published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Natet); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann's Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and New York.
Praise for Borkmann’s Point
“Nesser had a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.”
–The New York Times
“Keeps you on the edge of your seat… You don’t want it to end.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“Inspector Van Veeteren seems destined for a place amongst the great European detectives.”
–Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries
Praise for The Return
“A blast… His plots are addictive, his writing admirably economical, his characters complex and engaging.”
“Another solid example of why Swedes have become the talk of crime fiction.”
“Every bit as enjoyably creepy as his previous offering… For anyone looking for something new in a mystery or detective series.”