Hakan Nesser - Author

About the Author

Hakan Nesser is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award) 2010/11, the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. The Van Veeteren series is published in over 25 countries and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Hakan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife and spends part of each year in the UK.

Featured books by Hakan Nesser

The Secret Life of Mr Roos

The Secret Life of Mr Roos

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall. The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third Inspector Barbarotti novel from the 'Godfather of Swedish crime' (Metro), Hakan Nesser. At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn't get on with, he doesn't have a lot to look forward to. Then, one day, a winning lottery ticket gives him an opportunity to start afresh. Without telling a soul, he quits his job and buys a hut in the remote Swedish countryside. Every day he travels down to this man-made oasis, returning each evening to his unsuspecting wife. Life couldn't be better, until a young woman arrives in paradise . . . Anna Gambowska is a twenty-one-year-old recovering drug addict. On the run from the rehab centre she hated and an abusive relationship she can't go back to, all Anna's prayers are answered when she comes across a seemingly vacant hut in the Swedish woodland. But it's not long before Anna's ex discovers her location, and an incident occurs that will mar the lives of both Anna and Valdemar forever. Inspector Barbarotti doesn't take much interest when a woman reports her husband as missing. That is, until a dead body is found near the missing man's newly bought hut, and Mr Roos becomes the number one murder suspect . . . The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third novel in Hakan Nesser's Inspector Barbarotti quintet.

The G File Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10

The G File Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

1987. Verlangan, a former cop turned private detective is hired by a woman to follow her husband Jaan 'G' Hennan. A few days later, his client is found dead at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Maardam police, led by Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, investigate the case. Van Veeteren has encountered Jaan 'G' Hennan before and knows only too well the man's dark capabilities. As more information emerges about G's shadowy past, the Chief Inspector becomes more desperate than ever to convict him. But G has a solid alibi - and no one else can be found in relation to the crime. 2002. Fifteen years have passed and the G File remains the one case former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has never been able to solve. But when Verlangan's daughter reports the private detective missing, Van Veeteren returns to Maardam CID once more. For all Verlangan left behind was a cryptic note; and a telephone message in which he claimed to have finally discovered the proof of G's murderous past ...

The Strangler's Honeymoon Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 9

The Strangler's Honeymoon Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 9

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Desperately lonely, sixteen-year-old Monica Kammerle has little idea of what she is getting herself into when she begins an affair with her mother's latest partner; the sophisticated Benjamin Kerran ...Months later, when a woman's strangled body is found, the Maardam police must discover who has committed this terrible crime. It isn't long before they realize the perpetrator may have killed before - and is likely to do so again. Meanwhile former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren finds himself drawn into the mystery when a priest, who has learned dreadful secrets, appeals to him for help. But when the priest falls beneath the wheels of a train and the police find more dead-ends than leads, it seems Van Veeteren will have to come up with a new approach to unearth this dark serial killer. Before he chooses his next victim ...

eBooks of the Month
The Weeping Girl Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 8

The Weeping Girl Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 8

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Winnie Maas died because she changed her mind ...A community is left reeling after a teacher -- Arnold Maager -- is convicted of murdering his female pupil Winnie Maas. It seems the girl had been pregnant with Maager's child. Years later, on her eighteenth birthday, Maager's daughter Mikaela finally learns the terrible truth about her father. Desperate for answers, Mikaela travels to the institution at Lejnice, where Maager has been held since his trial. But soon afterwards she inexplicably vanishes. Detective Inspector Ewa Moreno from the Maardam Police is on holiday in the area when she finds herself drawn into the case of Mikaela's disappearance. But before she can make any headway in the investigation, Maager himself disappears -- and then a body is found. It will soon become clear to Ewa that only unravelling the events of the past will unlock this dark mystery ...

eBooks of the Month
The Stranglers Honeymoon Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 9

The Stranglers Honeymoon Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 9

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Desperately lonely, sixteen-year-old Monica Kammerle has little idea of what she is getting herself into when she begins an affair with her mother's latest partner; the sophisticated Benjamin Kerran ...Months later, when a woman's strangled body is found, the Maardam police must discover who has committed this terrible crime. It isn't long before they realize the perpetrator may have killed before -- and is likely to do so again. Meanwhile former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren finds himself drawn into the mystery when a priest, who has learned dreadful secrets, appeals to him for help. But when the priest falls beneath the wheels of a train and the police find more dead-ends than leads, it seems Van Veeteren will have to come up with a new approach to unearth this dark serial killer. Before he chooses his next victim ...

Other books by Hakan Nesser

The Lonely Ones

The Lonely Ones

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2021

'One of the best Nordic Noir writers' Guardian A trip behind the Iron Curtain would change their lives forever . . . It begins in 1969. Six young people arrive in Uppsala, Sweden. Different circumstances push the three young couples together and, over the course of a few years, they become friends. But a summer trip through Eastern Europe changes everything, and when their time at Uppsala University is over it also signals the end of something else. Years later, a lecturer at Lund University is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the woods close to Kymlinge. And chillingly, it is the very same spot where one of the Uppsala students died thirty-five years before. Detective Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti takes on this ominous case of history repeating itself, and is forced to confront an increasingly grave reality. The Lonely Ones is the fourth novel of Hakan Nesser's quintet about Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti.

The Secret Life of Mr Roos

The Secret Life of Mr Roos

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall. The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third Inspector Barbarotti novel from the 'Godfather of Swedish crime' (Metro), Hakan Nesser. At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn't get on with, he doesn't have a lot to look forward to. Then, one day, a winning lottery ticket gives him an opportunity to start afresh. Without telling a soul, he quits his job and buys a hut in the remote Swedish countryside. Every day he travels down to this man-made oasis, returning each evening to his unsuspecting wife. Life couldn't be better, until a young woman arrives in paradise . . . Anna Gambowska is a twenty-one-year-old recovering drug addict. On the run from the rehab centre she hated and an abusive relationship she can't go back to, all Anna's prayers are answered when she comes across a seemingly vacant hut in the Swedish woodland. But it's not long before Anna's ex discovers her location, and an incident occurs that will mar the lives of both Anna and Valdemar forever. Inspector Barbarotti doesn't take much interest when a woman reports her husband as missing. That is, until a dead body is found near the missing man's newly-bought hut, and Mr Roos becomes the number one murder suspect . . . The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third novel in Hakan Nesser's Inspector Barbarotti quintet.

Intrigo

Intrigo

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2019

For fans of Scandinavian crime, Intrigo is the gripping collection of Hakan Nesser's best novellas and short stories, three of which have been adapted into major motion pictures. Set in the fictional city of Maardam, each story is linked by themes of secrets coming to light, lies being exposed, and pasts coming back to haunt the people who thought they had fled them - all told in Hakan Nesser's signature style of dark, cutting prose that displays a true understanding of human nature. The collection is the basis for a trilogy of international films - Dear Agnes, Death of an Author and Samaria - directed by Daniel Alfredson and starring Ben Kingsley and Gemma Chan.

The Root of Evil

The Root of Evil

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2018

'Godfather of Swedish Crime' (Metro), Hakan Nesser, is back with the second installment in the Inspector Barbarotti series, The Root of Evil. July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti's doorstep detailing a murder that is about to take place in his own quiet Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead. So when a second letter arrives, then a third, and a fourth, it's a game of cat and mouse to stop the killer before he can make good on all of his promises. Meanwhile, an anonymous diary is unearthed depicting the incidents of a two week holiday in France five years earlier, and it doesn't take Barbarotti long to realize the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are now in the balance . . .

The Darkest Day

The Darkest Day

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The Darkest Day is the first novel in the five part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Hakan Nesser. It's December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate a big family birthday. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it's not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn . . . Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it's up to Inspector Barbarotti to determine exactly what happened on that darkest day, and unravel a web of sinister family secrets in the process . . . Continue the thrilling investigative series with The Root of Evil. 'One of the best Nordic Noir writers' - Guardian

Norton's Philosophical Memoirs

Norton's Philosophical Memoirs

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Now don't start getting ideas. I am not a philosopher. I'm a dog. But I look like a philosopher, they say, and I'm not sure the distinction is as great as you might think. I'm what's known as a Rhodesian Ridgeback. My forebears used to hunt lions in Africa, but I'm a modernized urban specimen. I don't hunt much of anything. I was born somewhere on the plains west of Uppsala, Sweden. In the beginning I was blind and tumbled around with my siblings. We pooped and bit each other and nursed, and our mother - who I must admit was kind of a bitch - tried to raise us to the best of her ability. Without all that much success, I must say too. When I was about two months old I was adopted. Two long-legged humans, a man and a woman, came and picked me up, loaded me in a car and drove into town. This is the story of the eleven years we spent together.

Norton's Philosophical Memoirs

Norton's Philosophical Memoirs

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/01/2018

Now don't start getting ideas. I am not a philosopher. I'm a dog. But I look like a philosopher, they say, and I'm not sure the distinction is as great as you might think. I'm what's known as a Rhodesian Ridgeback. My forebears used to hunt lions in Africa, but I'm a modernized urban specimen. I don't hunt much of anything. I was born somewhere on the plains west of Uppsala, Sweden. In the beginning I was blind and tumbled around with my siblings. We pooped and bit each other and nursed, and our mother - who I must admit was kind of a bitch - tried to raise us to the best of her ability. Without all that much success, I must say too. When I was about two months old I was adopted. Two long-legged humans, a man and a woman, came and picked me up, loaded me in a car and drove into town. This is the story of the eleven years we spent together.

Az utolso csepp

Az utolso csepp

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/11/2016

Negy oreg barat oriasi osszeget nyer a lotton. Unnepseget is csapnak, am par oraval kesobb egyikuket, Leverkuhnt a felesege holtan talalja az agyaban. Huszonnyolc kesszurassal vegeztek vele. Kezenfekvo a feltetelezes, hogy a nyeremeny all a hatterben. A nyomozast Munster felugyelo vezeti, mert Van Veeteren, hogy feltoltodhessen, jelenleg egy antikvariumban dolgozik. A brutalis gyilkossagot ket eltunes koveti: egy ujabb lottonyertes csapattagnak, valamint Leverkuhn szomszedjanak veszik nyoma. Egyre kuszabbak a szalak, es Munster, aki az aldozat multjaban kutat valami fogodzo utan, hamarosan arra kenyszerul, hogy a regi konyvek bekes vilagat elvezo Van Veeteren segitseget kerje.

A Summer With Kim Novak

A Summer With Kim Novak

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/12/2015

A Summer With Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser

felugyelo es a csend

felugyelo es a csend

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/11/2015

A ketes tanai es kulonos szertartasai miatt hirhedt Tiszta Elet nevu szekta egy varazslatos helyen, az erdo melyen tart tabort egy csapat kamasz lanynak. Egy nap egy nevtelen telefonalo arrol ertesiti a helyi rendorseget, hogy az egyik taborozo kislanynak nyoma veszett. A szekta vezetoje viszont tagad: a nyajabol nem hianyzik senki. A vakaciozo rendorfonok zoldfulu helyettese a hires Van Veeteren fofelugyelo segitseget keri. A helyzet akkor valik igazan komollya, amikor az erdoben egy lany holttestere bukkannak. Vajon a szektavezer keze van a dologban? Ami azonban bizonyos: idoben meg kell fekezni a tettest, hogy ne szedhessen tovabbi aldozatokat. Van Veeteren fofelugyelo kozben a vegleges visszavonulas gondolataval jatszik...

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Winner of the Rosenkrantz Award for Best Thriller of the Year. From the bestselling, award-winning Swedish author, The Living and the Dead in Winsford is a gripping and deeply atmospheric psychological thriller set on Exmoor. There is nobody in the world who knows that we are here . . . A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Maria's sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her. Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm under a cloud. The couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination. As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding? And who is trying to find her? A haunting, masterly unravelling of a dreadful crime, in The Living and the Dead in Winsford, Hakan Nesser, the bestselling, award-winning author of the Van Veeteren series, tightens the tension like a noose . . .

The G File

The G File

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . A dark and sinister case from the past comes back to haunt Chief Inspector Van Veeteren in the final novel in the Van Veeteren series, The G File by Hakan Nesser. 1987. Verlangan, a former cop turned private detective is hired by a woman to follow her husband Jaan 'G' Hennan. A few days later, his client is found dead at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Maardam police, led by Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, investigate the case. Van Veeteren has encountered Jaan 'G' Hennan before and knows only too well the man's dark capabilities. As more information emerges about G's shadowy past, the Chief Inspector becomes more desperate than ever to convict him. But G has a solid alibi - and no one else can be found in relation to the crime. 2002. Fifteen years have passed and the G File remains the one case former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has never been able to solve. But when Verlangan's daughter reports the private detective missing, Van Veeteren returns to Maardam CID once more. For all Verlangan left behind was a cryptic note; and a telephone message in which he claimed to have finally discovered the proof of G's murderous past . . .

No anyajeggyel

No anyajeggyel

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/03/2015

Egy kozepkoru uzletembert holtan talalnak otthonaban. Ket golyo a mellkasat, ketto pedig az agyekat jarta at. Felesege szerint a halala elotti napokban tobb furcsa telefonhivast is kapott, amikor senki nem szolt bele a kagyloba, csak bejatszott egy regi, baljos hangulatu dalt. A rendorseg egy helyben toporog, s mielott barmit tehetnenek, ujabb aldozatra bukkannak: egy tanart er el ugyanez a veg.

Borkmann-elv

Borkmann-elv

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/11/2014

Almos, tengerparti varoska, valahol Nyugat-Europaban. Itt leli halalat baltacsapasoktol egy gazdag ingatlanvallalkozo es egy sokat megelt drog dealer. Van Veeteren fofelugyelo, aki a kozelben pergeti nyaralasa unalmas napjait, a helyi hatosagok segitsegere siet, ennek ellenere nem jutnak egyrol a kettore. Hamarosan ujabb holttestre bukkannak, de a korabbi gyilkossagok fele egyetlen szal sem vezet. A nyugdijazas elott allo helyi rendorfonok azonban eltokeli: nem hagyja lezaratlanul ezt az ugyet. Vegul egy kulonleges kepessegu detektivno feltunese mozditja ki a holtpontrol a nyomozast. Ugy fest, neki sikerul megkozelitenie az ugynevezett Borkmann-pontot, amikor tobb adatra, bizonyitekra mar nincs szukseg, csupan nemi logikara... A Sved Krimiakademia dijnyertese!

gonosz arcai

gonosz arcai

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/11/2014

A vonzo tanarnot ferje holtan talalja a furdokadban. A ferj az ejszakat tok reszegen vegigaludta, nem emlekszik semmire. Alibije nincs, minden bizonyitek ellene szol, elitelik. Nem sokkal kesobb megiscsak feldereng felalmaban egy emlek arrol az ejszakarol. Masnap levelet ir, telefonal - tovabbi sorsa forog kockan. Am meg azon az ejszakan valaki leszurja. Van Veeteren rendorfelugyelo kezdettol fogva gyanitotta, hogy nem ez a szerencsetlen alak a gyilkos, s o hires arrol, hogy megerzesei szinte mindig nyomra vezetnek...

visszateres

visszateres

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/11/2014

Egy verofenyes augusztusi napon egy embert szabadon engednek a bortonbol. Aztan egy kisgyerek kirandulas kozben megtalalja a holttestet az erdoben. Vagy legalabbis annak egy reszet... Van Veeteren fofelugyelo, bar eppen korhazbol iranyitja csapatat, eltokeli, hogy nem hagyja az ugyet megoldatlanul. Hamarosan kideritik, hogy az aldozat nem lehet mas, mint a hires-hirhedt Leopold Verhaven. A ferfi az otvenes evekben nagy remenyu kozeptavfuto volt, majd eliteltek, amiert allitolag ket szeretojet is megolte. A gyilkossagokat azonban sosem ismerte be, es artatlansagat hangoztatva toltott el huszonnegy evet a bortonben. Vajon kinek allhatott erdekeben megolni ot? Talan valaki ugy gondolta, hogy nem bunhodott meg elegge a tetteiert? Vagy Verhaven bosszujatol felt a gyilkos? Van Veeterennek szornyu gyanuja tamad: lehetseges, hogy Verhaven igazat mondott, es valoban artatlan volt?