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Borkmann's Point (1994)

by Håkan Nesser

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Series: Inspector Van Veeteren (2)

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"An ex-con is brutally murdered with an ax in Kaalbringen. Then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also the victim of a violent attack. There appears to be a serial killer on the loose, and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help the local police. In his storied career he has only left one case unsolved, but he's never before faced an ax murderer. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds that there is almost nothing to go on; nothing links the two victims. But then there's another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing - perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth"--provided by book publisher.… (more)
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a nice Scandi police procedural ( )
  ffortsa | Jul 21, 2020 |
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  mikeemcg | Jun 28, 2020 |
In Kaalbringen, einem ehemals beschaulichen Küstenort, regiert der Schrecken: Drei bestialische Morde sind geschehen, kurz hintereinander. Einheimische und Feriengäste reagieren mit Panik. Denn irgendwo mitten unter ihnen sitzt der Mörder und plant in Ruhe seinen nächsten Schlag. Wann und wo wird der »Axtmörder«, wie er inzwischen im Volksmund heißt, wieder zuschlagen? Hat er sein nächstes Opfer schon im Visier? Das örtliche Polizeiteam ist überfordert, und so holt sich Hauptkommissar Bausen den erfahrenen Kommissar Van Veeteren zu Hilfe, der in der Nähe Urlaub macht. Gemeinsam versuchen sie den Zusammenhang zwischen den scheinbar unerklärlichen Morden herauszufinden. Doch die Zeit drängt, denn das vierte Opfer befindet sich schon in der Gewalt des unheimlichen Mörders...

  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
The second in the Swedish Inspector Van Veeteren series, and it's really growing on me. Usually I like some meat on the bones, but these spare novels about a cynical and dryly bemused detective are just the thing for a reader needing something that just skims along on the top of the story. I don't mean the crimes aren't intriguing, although I did guess this one about 3/4 through (and I'm not that good at it), but these books are just easy to digest and zip right through. The story is told through the viewpoints of the Inspector, his main associate Münster, a deft female detective from the town where they are all searching for a serial ax killer, and the killer himself. Van Veeteren believes in his mentor Borkmann's main idea about solving crime: at some point you know everything you need to, and more input only distracts you from what you have. The trick is to find the balance, and Van Veeteren is a master at it. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Jul 7, 2018 |
beautiful empty beaches, small towns, axe murders, clever and intuitive detectives and detectives who reason... and thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Luijten, ClementineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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But of course, necessity can never be a reason nor an excuse. Only a cause.

--C.W. Wundermaas,
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Till Sanna och Johannes
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Had Ernst Simmel known he was going to be the Axman's second victim, he would no doubt have downed a few more drinks at The Blue Ship.
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"An ex-con is brutally murdered with an ax in Kaalbringen. Then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also the victim of a violent attack. There appears to be a serial killer on the loose, and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help the local police. In his storied career he has only left one case unsolved, but he's never before faced an ax murderer. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds that there is almost nothing to go on; nothing links the two victims. But then there's another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing - perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth"--provided by book publisher.

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