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The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser

The Inspector and Silence (1997)

by Håkan Nesser

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Series: Inspector Van Veeteren (5)

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Another enjoyable read in the Van Veeteren series although not in the Mankell class as sometimes claimed. For the most part it succeeds in avoiding cheap thrills but the series has now become rather formulaic as the characters have not really moved on. 24 November 2015. ( )
  alanca | Nov 24, 2015 |
Inspector Van Veeteren’s dreams of retirement are interrupted by a series of brutal rape-murders of adolescent girls from the summer camp of the ‘Pure Life’ Christian sect. The head of the Pure Life sect vanishes on the night of the second murder and the investigation is brought to a halt when the remaining summer camp attendees and leaders refuse to say a word to the investigating officers.

I do usually enjoy the Van Veeteren mysteries but this one moved at a pretty slow pace, mostly because of that stubborn silence of key witnesses, and found the resolution of the mystery too dependent on chance to make a good detective story. ( )
  Erratic_Charmer | Apr 7, 2014 |
A well-written but unexceptional Scandi mystery, except that Van Vetteran keeps thinking about retirement, and he also keeps thinking about what the goings-on would sound like in a novel. Right. ( )
  ffortsa | Dec 13, 2013 |
The Inspector and Silence by Haken Nesser

This was the first book I had read by Hakan Nesser but it is not the last by far. His stream-lined style of writing draws the reader in very quickly and takes you along for an exhilarating ride.

This story starts with Chief Inspector Van Veeteren who does not want to go away with his ex-wife, children and grandchildren; so quickly comes up with the excuse that he has already booked a trip to Crete for the same time. He gets assigned to a small case of a missing 13 year old girl from a mysterious Pure Life Camp. His chief of police assigns Van Veeteren as a consultant to another police force in a different town. Because he always solves the cases (except for one), he is expected to solve this mystery before he leaves on holiday.
Nesser gets you so deeply involved and when the bodies start piling up; you are wondering how Van Veeteren will piece everything together and solve these very complex crimes. You are left speculating under the last few pages. By using his brain and deep thinking, those pieces all start to fit.

I recommend this book by Hakan Nesser as a thriller you will want to read and additionally want to pick up his others. ( )
  memasmb | Nov 19, 2013 |
Wonderful mystery. A phone tip comes in saying that a girl had gone missing from a local religious campground. Then another tip came in saying she was dead. The police find it hard to investigate since everyone in the camp will not say anything. Complete silence. Another girl's body is found and they won't say a thing. Van Veeteren comes to their aid and solves without their help. Great story - wonderfully told with interesting characters and great pacing. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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Imagine a twelve-year old girl.
Imagine her being attacked, raped and murdered.
Take your time.
Then imagine God.

M. Barin, poet
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The girl in bed number twelve woke up early.
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Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is back. A young girl's body is found in the woods in Sweden, triggering an investigation into a mysterious religious sect called the Pure Life.

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