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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Håkan Nesser Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611742749
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Swedish Inspector Van Veeteren is on the eve of major surgery when a baffling murder case is dumped on his team. A mutilated corpse has been found in a ditch, and the victim is a recently released double murderer. 2nd in the series. "Brings insight to the Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 2/18/2014

    " I picked this up years ago in Stockholm because it was one of the few book I saw written by a Swede, but translated into English. I found the pacing slow, the murder unremarkable and the characters forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/9/2014

    " "Journalists are like cow shit, Reinhart used to say. I'm not especially keen on the stuff as such, but I understand that it has its uses" (103). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2014

    " Entertaining. Quirky. Good read. A chief inspector who follows his own intuition to solve cases. Van Veeteren. The New York Times writes, "Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barrie | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoy the Inspector Van Veeteren series, good mystery reads. Interesting location in Sweden. Not a flashy hero, but imminently likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/29/2014

    " 4+ actually - one of the best so far. The dry humor is getting better & better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/29/2014

    " Not as good as previous two books in the series. Still a good read but not gripping like the last ones. I didn't really care about the murder victim and why they were investigating for so long. Seemed a little unreal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/25/2014

    " Good author; fun mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Wilcox | 1/19/2014

    " Another excellent Swedish detective novel featuring Inspector Van Veeteren. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 False Millennium | 12/31/2013

    " What is it with these Scandanavian crime writers? This was the second third book I've read by Nesser, and I'm enjoying his style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/13/2013

    " I found this dull and barely managed to finish. In the "Swedish Detective Novel" genre, I greatly prefer Henning Mankell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garland Fielder | 12/2/2013

    " A page turner in the Chandler mode. The main investigator is largely absent due to injury for the first 2/3 of the read, hence he lacked a bit of development. This is one of a series of "An Inspecot Van Veeteren Mysteries" and I'll probably pick up a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelinelborda | 12/2/2013

    " Another Nesser that I enjoyed. They are entertaining, well written, good plots, not always well edited. Some words seem to not be well translated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 5/24/2013

    " (Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery, No. 3) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/9/2013

    " Loved this book. I wish it was a longer read. A great murder mystery if you like reading them :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tes | 1/19/2013

    " Good murder mystery. I almost didn't figure it out. 3 murders, years apart -- narrative kept jumping backward & forward between 1994 and 1993, 1981, or 1962 so I did catch on pretty quick who the murder was but not what his name was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 7/13/2012

    " I continue to enjoy these books. Things do get a bit muddled here and there but the characters grow on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heyhansen | 11/27/2011

    " I'm still enjoying the swedish crime novel. In this one, man becomes murderer b/c wife stops having sex with him. Hmmm, seems understandable, no? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/21/2011

    " Great idea for a mystery, but I just didn't "get it". Perhaps I can blame it on the translation? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 9/30/2011

    " Probably the weakest Van Veeteran book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 6/9/2011

    " This is a terrific book. I very much like Van Veeteren and the ending of this one is just so good. "

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About the Author

Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize for new authors for Mind’s Eye; 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 Scandanavia’s Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.