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The Return (1995)

by Håkan Nesser

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Series: Inspector Van Veeteren (3)

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Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.

On a rainy April day, a body??or what is left of it??is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands… (more)

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Un uomo esce di prigione e viene assassinato.
Durante una gita scolastica dell'asilo una bimba si allontana e trova un cadavere mutilato avvolto in un vecchio tappeto.
Il commissario Van Veteeren indaga, anche se, appena riconosciuta la vittima, sembra trattarsi di un'indagine inutile sulla morte di una persona inutile.
Una prosa incalzante ci guida dalla prima all'ultima pagina alla scoperta della verità sull'accaduto, mettendo in luce molte sfumature del quotidiano.
Magistrale la scena iniziale della gita scolastica:
"Quattordici frugoletti. Di età variabile fra i tre e i sei anni. Eunice, sei anni, diede il via vomitando sull'autobus dopo soli quattrocento metri. Paul, tre anni, nello stesso momento si fece la pipì addosso riempendo gli stivaletti di gomma fino all'orlo. Ellen e Judith, quattro e cinque anni, cominciarono solo qualche minuto dopo a tentare di cavarsi reciprocamente gli occhi per via di un fazzoletto verde con dei coniglietti rosa. Emile, tre anni e mezzo, invocava la mamma strillando a pieni polmoni e Christopher, sei anni, aveva mal di denti." Vita da maestra d'asilo in 6 righe. ( )
  Lillymao | Aug 4, 2022 |
I'd missed this one in the march through the Van Vetteren series. A man released from prison after serving two twelve year sentences, each for a murder he claims he did not commit. Shortly after he returns home, a headless, handless body is found by some children in the woods, and the ex-convict has disappeared. ( )
  ffortsa | Aug 25, 2021 |
Very hard to see past the overt misogyny in this book from the murderer who kills because his wife is unable to have sex with him and other women reject him to the returned innocent prisoner who thinks his various girlfriends want him to beat them. Van Veeteren's treatment of one of the nursing staff as little more than a drinks slave was also very unpalatable. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Swedish insp Van Veeteren investigates murder of man convicted of two murders while recovering from cancer surgery
  ritaer | Jul 22, 2021 |
Van Veeteren, a philosophical detective, discovers truth through a view of the world that no on in his department seems to have. He thinks and ponders. He considers world views and his own place in the world. He knows where the lines of the law lay and is willing to at least consider whether to step across. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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Ni frågar mig hur långt livet är, och jag ska svara Er som det är. Just jämnt så långt som avståndet mellan två årtal på en gravsten. W.F. Mahler, poet
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It was the first and the last day.
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… una delle frasi celebri di Van Veeteren: Se l'assassino è nascosto a Timbuctu, non c'è altro da fare che salire sul primo taxi e andarci. Non siamo mica un'azienda che ceca il profitto, noi! «Ma dov'è Timbuctu, esattamente?» aveva chiesto qualcuno. «Questo lo sa il tassista» aveva risposto Van Veeteren.
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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:

International Bestseller
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.

On a rainy April day, a body??or what is left of it??is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands

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