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Der unglückliche Mörder. by Hakan Nesser
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Der unglückliche Mörder. (original 1999; edition 2001)

by Hakan Nesser (Author)

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The master of Swedish crime fiction returns with the winner of the prestigious Scandinavian Glass Key Award In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, inexplicably, murdered. Van Veeteren's former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to this appalling crime. But when another body is discovered, it gradually becomes clear that this killer is acting on their own terrifying logic...… (more)
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Hour of the Wolf by Håkan Nesser (1999)

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I couldn't resist the next book in the series, excellent for both the portrayal of crime and the slow, frustrating work of police detection. We see an accident and its aftermath as it works on the person responsible, and at the same time the police work that eventually ties the action to the source. ( )
  ffortsa | Oct 7, 2021 |
A great combination of the tedium of much police work mixed with bursts of excitement. I still find there's an underlying sense of misogyny to the writing that I can't quite put my finger in but guess it has something to do with how Nesser writes female characters. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Kommissar Van Veeteren schwört Rache: Sein Sohn Erich, seit Jahren das Sorgenkind der Familie, wird ermordet aufgefunden, gerade als er wieder anfing, im bürgerlichen Leben Fuß zu fassen. Hat er sich auf kriminelle Geschäfte eingelassen? Wenig später wird die Leiche einer jungen, unbescholtenen Frau entdeckt – von derselben Waffe erschlagen wie Erich Van Veeteren. Was verband die beiden jungen Leute? Die Ermittlungen der Polizei laufen auf Hochtouren, aber auch sie können nicht verhindern, dass der Mörder ein weiteres Mal zuschlägt ...
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
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  gumnut25 | Apr 21, 2020 |
Håkan Nesser is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers. This particular title is the seventh of a “Nordic Noir” police procedural series featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren.

Much of the book is narrated by a criminal who is being sought by the [fictional] Maardam police force, members of whom narrate the remainder. Homicide Chief Inspector Reinhart has taken over for the man everyone continues to call “The Chief Inspector,” Van Veeteren - still a legend and still revered by everyone including his successor.

The story begins with a tense scenario in which a drunk man accidentally kills a young boy along the side of the road and flees the scene of the crime. He feels bad, but then becomes unhinged after he receives an anonymous letter from “a friend” saying he knows about the death and demands money in exchange for silence.

We don’t learn the identity of either the criminal or the blackmailer for most of the book, but neither do the somewhat feckless police. Then bodies begin to pile up that seem connected somehow - or maybe not. All the parties involved reflect on the way in which, once billiard balls are set in motion, their path is inevitable - the consequences are inexorable. [The Swedish title for the book is Carambole, which refers to a type of billiards, the object of which is to score points by caroming one's own cue ball off both the opponent's cue ball and the object ball(s) on a single shot.] In any event, Van Veeteren gets drawn to the investigation, and his instincts - ironically triggered by a game of chess rather than billiards, help break open the case.

Evaluation: This book is more about policing than about characters; we never get insights into who any of them are beyond one or two dimensions. Fortunately the crime and policing aspects are fascinating, and, along with a building of tension as the story progresses, makes for a diverting read. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 13, 2020 |
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In the natural order of things, fathers do not bury their sons. Paul Auster, The red notebook
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Pojken som snart skulle dö skrattade och gjorde sig fri.
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«La vita è una faccenda molto sopravvalutata – disse Van Veeteren. – Anche se è meglio non scoprirlo troppo presto».
«Credo che buona parte delle cose che ci capitano siano guidate dal caso – disse. – O da decisioni valutate non molto attentamente. Noi abbiamo meno controllo di quanto ci immaginiamo… il fatto che fingiamo di averlo è un'altra cosa».
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The master of Swedish crime fiction returns with the winner of the prestigious Scandinavian Glass Key Award In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, inexplicably, murdered. Van Veeteren's former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to this appalling crime. But when another body is discovered, it gradually becomes clear that this killer is acting on their own terrifying logic...

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