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The Strangler's Honeymoon (2001)

by Håkan Nesser

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This is the ninth in the Inspector Van Veeteren series, and only serves to solidify Nesser's position amongst the cream of European crime writers. His stories are invariably well plotted, intelligently constructed, perfectly paced and nicely written. And always satisfying. This one is no different. In this, a teenage girl has an affair with her mother's lover, but when she disappears and a woman is found murdered there is a race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. For it looks like he has struck before. But no trace of his existence appears to exist and the investigation seems to be going nowhere fast. The story starts with an event some years before, and the tie-in of events past and present is well worked. Van Veeteren himself is now retired and running his antiquarian bookshop, but when a priest who calls on his assistance falls under a train before he can actually enlighten Van Veeteren, his investigative skills are again called upon, a link having been made between the at first seemingly separate events. Van Veeteren is not your usual detective with personal troubles and a solitary lifestyle, but a character of wit, intelligence and good taste. Other characters too you will find interesting, none more so than DI Ewa Moreno, who I wanted to feature even more in the story than she in fact did. The killer is one who will send a chill down your spine, his own personal story and his coldness make certain the fact that he must be caught before more deaths ensue. This is probably the longest of the Van Veeteren novels, but your interest you will find will never wane. Enjoy, I did! ( )
  ebyrne41 | Nov 15, 2013 |
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Att döda en människa tar på sin höjd en minut. Att leva ett normalt liv kan ta sjuttifem år. Henry Moll, författare
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I nästa liv vill jag vara ett olivträd.
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Could this be Van Veeteren's darkest case yet? 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 decomposing in her flat, the Maardam police must discover who has committed this terrible crime. It isn't long before they realise 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...… (more)

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