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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 - a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases - to determine exactly what happened on that darkest day, and unravel a web of sinister family secrets in the process . . .

Intrigo

Intrigo

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

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.

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.

The Darkest Day

The Darkest Day

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2017

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 father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba's joint landmark birthdays. 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 - a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases - to determine exactly what has happened. And he soon discovers he'll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets in the process . . .

The Darkest Day

The Darkest Day

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2017

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 father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba's joint landmark birthdays. 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 - a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases - to determine exactly what has happened. And he soon discovers he'll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets in the process . . .

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.

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2016

Winner of the Rosenkrantz Award for Best Thriller of the Year From the bestselling, award-winning Swedish author Hakan Nesser, 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 . . .

A Summer With Kim Novak

A Summer With Kim Novak

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

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: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2015

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 Living and the Dead in Winsford

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

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?

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 ...

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 ...

Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/11/2012

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Van Veeteren faces a chilling case in Hakan Nesser's Hour of the Wolf, the seventh book to feature Chief Inspector Van Veeteren. In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, inexplicably, murdered. Van Veeteren's former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to this appalling crime. But when another body is discovered, it gradually becomes clear that this killer is acting on their own terrifying logic . . . Hour of the Wolf is followed by book eight in the series, The Weeping Girl.

The Unlucky Lottery

The Unlucky Lottery

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Chief Inspector Van Veeteren delves into a dark family mystery in the sixth book in Hakan Nesser's Van Veeteren series, The Unlucky Lottery. Four friends celebrate winning the lottery. Just hours later, one of them - Waldemar Leverkuhn - is found in his home, stabbed to death. With Chief Inspector Van Veeteren on sabbatical, working in a second hand bookshop, the case is assigned to Inspector Munster. But when another member of the lottery group disappears, as well as Leverkuhn's neighbour, Munster appeals to Van Veeteren for assistance. Soon Munster will find himself interviewing the Leverkuhn family, including the eldest - Irene - a resident of a psychiatric clinic. And as he delves deeper into the family's history, he will discover dark secrets and startling twists, which not only threaten the clarity of the case - but also his life . . . The Unlucky Lottery is followed by the seventh book in the series, Hour of the Wolf.

The Inspector and Silence

The Inspector and Silence

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2011

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Hakan Nesser's The Inspector and Silence is the fifth gripping crime novel in the Van Veeteren series. In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fug of heat. In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge's tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone call from an anonymous woman. She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery. But Van Veeteren's investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast. The strange priest-like figure who leads the sect - Oscar Yellineck - refuses even to admit anyone is missing. Things soon take a sinister turn, however, when a young girl's body is discovered in the woods, raped and strangled; and Yellineck himself disappears. Yet even in the face of these new horrors, the remaining members of the sect refuse to co-operate with Van Veeteren, remaining largely silent. As the body count rises, a media frenzy descends upon the town and the pressure to find the monster behind the murders weighs heavily on the investigative team. Finally Van Veeteren realizes that to solve this disturbing case, faced with silence and with few clues to follow, he has only his intuition to rely on . . . The Inspector and Silence is followed by the sixth book in the series, The Unlucky Lottery.

Woman with Birthmark

Woman with Birthmark

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2010

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Woman with Birthmark by Hakan Nesser is the fourth title in his atmospheric Van Veeteren series. A young woman shivers in the December cold as her mother's body is laid to rest in a cemetery. The only thing that warms her is the thought of the revenge she will soon take . . . Then a middle-aged man is killed at his home, shot twice in the chest and twice below the belt. He had recently received a series of bizarre phone calls where an old song is played down the line - evoking an eerie sense of both familiarity and unease. Before the police can find the culprit, a second man is killed in the same way. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and his team must dig far back into each man's past - but with few clues at each crime scene, can they find the killer before anyone else dies? Woman with Birthmark is followed by the fifth book in the series, The Inspector and Silence.

The Mind's Eye

The Mind's Eye

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2009

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . The Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser is the first novel in the stunning Van Veeteren series. Janek Mitter stumbles into his bathroom one morning after a night of heavy drinking, to find his beautiful young wife, Eva, floating dead in the bath. She has been brutally murdered. Yet even during his trial Mitter cannot summon a single memory of attacking Eva, nor a clue as to who could have killed her if he had not. Only once he has been convicted and locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane does he have a snatch of insight - but is it too late? Drawing a blank after exhaustive interviews, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren remains convinced that something, or someone, in the dead woman's life has caused these tragic events. But the reasons for her speedy remarriage have died with her. And as he delves even deeper, Van Veeteren realizes that the past never stops haunting the present . . . The Mind's Eye is followed by the tensely gripping Borkmann's Point.

The Return

The Return

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2008

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Hakan Nesser's third title in the Van Veeteren series is the dark and compelling The Return. An unmissable hospital appointment is looming for Inspector Van Veeteren when a corpse is found rolled in a rotting carpet by a young child playing in a local beauty spot. Missing head and limbs, the torso is too badly decomposed for forensic identification - bar one crucial detail . . . Circumstantial evidence soon points to a local man, a double murderer who disappeared nine months before, shortly after being released on parole; a local hero turned monster after being convicted of killing two women over a span of three decades. Recuperating after an operation, Van Veeteren is nevertheless directing investigations from his hospital bed, for he is convinced that only the innocence of this new victim can be the motive for his murder. But the two women have been dead for long enough for any evidence to have died with them . . . And is he simply on the wrong track completely? The Return is followed by the fourth title in the series, Woman with Birthmark.

Borkmann's Point

Borkmann's Point

Author: Hakan Nesser Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2007

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . . Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser is the second gripping novel in the thrilling Van Veeteren series. 'Borkmann's rule was hardly a rule; in fact, it was more of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases . . . In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don't really need any more information. When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing more than some decent thinking.' Two men are brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, bored on holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the local authorities. The local police chief, just days away from retirement, is determined to wrap things up before he goes. But there is no clear link between the victims. Then one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a brilliant young female detective, goes missing - perhaps she has reached Borkmann's Point before anyone else . . . Borkmann's Point is followed by the third title in the series, The Return.

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