"If you like a police procedural mystery; this may be the book for you. The landscapes are largely interior and the story is grim; so be warned. That being said; I am glad to have read it because I was left with more questions than answers. Not about the story, Nesser wrapped it up tightly. My questions were in regard to human nature and justice. How can we explain, understand or justify the strange and sometimes horrendous behavior of human beings?"--Reviewed by Dora— From Dora Recommends
Intendent M nster, Inspector Van Veeteren's right-hand man, and his beguiling colleague Ewa Moreno take center stage in the latest shocking thriller in H kan Nesser's internationally bestselling series. The final day of Waldemar Leverkuhn's life begins auspiciously: With three friends, he wins a modest sum in the lottery. But it ends, after a celebratory dinner, with him belligerent, drunk, and stumbling home to his bed, where he is brutally stabbed to death with a carving knife. The case seems to be going nowhere, until the reserved, weary widow confesses to the killing. When the Leverkuhns' formidable neighbor goes missing, and then turns up gruesomely murdered, M nster and his team find a few, wispy clues that suggest her death is connected to Leverkuhn's--clues that lead to a dark and terrible secret.
About the Author
Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writer's Academy Prize for new authors for Mind's Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nätet); 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.
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.” —The New York Times
“Nesser’s novels look for the roots of crime in the ills of society. . . . He has seized his chance to create his own dark poetry from these stark materials, and the effect is haunting.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Hakan Nesser’s Swedish detective novel plays like an English parlor mystery, a sort of mental shell game as police sit to interview potential witness after witness, nearly all of whom are suspects until they die themselves.” —Charleston Post & Courier
“Sterling . . . Gallows humor punctuates the solid plot as Münster’s introspective musings lead to a surprise ending.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)