An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
By Hakan Nesser
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400030323, 336pp.)
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Categories: Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Internationally bestselling author Häkan Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this riveting tale of murder and suspense that reveals the deep humanity of the characters portrayed even as it sends chills up the spine.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann’s Point unfolds like a chess match where each move could prove deadly.
Håkan Nesser was born in 1950 in Sweden. In 1993 he was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize for new authors for his novel Mind’s Eye, and is the only author to have won the Academy’s best novel award three times: in 1994 for Borkmann’s Point; in 1996 for Woman With Birthmark; and in 2007 for A Rather Different Story. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia’s Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. His novels have been published to wide acclaim in twenty-five countries.
“Keeps you on the edge of your seat.... You don’t want it to end.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin." —The New York Times
“Appealing.... Engaging.... Unexpectedly poignant.... A lean whodunit whose narrative speed and concision are admirable.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Cerebral.... An atmospheric mystery.” —The Plain Dealer