Borkmann's Point : Inspector Van Veeteren

  • by Håkan Nesser, Laurie Thompson (translator)
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Inspector Van Veeteren
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds little to go on. 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.

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What the Critics Say

"International bestseller Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this classy and rewarding whodunit, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994.... Thompson's smooth translation makes this worthy mystery readily accessible to American readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"No reader of hard-boiled crime fiction should miss the Scandinavians, and Nesser immediately vaults to near-Mankell status. Let's hope Borkmann's Point, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Best Novel Award for 1994, is only the first of a steady stream of Nesser imports." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Brooding, compassionate and mysterious

I really like Nesser. His heroes are thoughtful, compassionate men and women. The mysteries he crafts keep you guessing. You can't figure them out easily. If you love Nesbo and splashier, action oriented mysteries with tormented detectives and graphic violence, you may not like Nesser overall.

Inspector Van Veeteren is an intuitive detective, and a big believer in letting all the information roll in until you reach that point (Borkmann's point-- listen to the book to hear more about it) when you can solve the crime. This is not flashy business, no fist fights nor jumping from roof tops, just mood, clever plotting and likeable characters. Simon Vance does a great job as narrator.

This mystery is about an axe murderer so there's some gory parts but the sensitive style and substance of Nesser ensures that this book will make you care and think.

Nesser is one of the most dependable Scandinavian mystery authors. He's always interesting and satisfying!

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- chris "I am exploring Scandinavian mysteries but also like mysteries set in other parts of the world. I also like reading Literary Fiction."

Difficult to follow Narrator's character's voices

Would you try another book from Håkan Nesser and Laurie Thompson (translator) and/or Simon Vance?

The story was good but the narrator didn't seem to be successful in knowing when to change between voices of different characters. It was often difficult to tell if it was the Inspector's lines or another's lines in the narration. They kept tripping over each other.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Borkmann's Point?

The point at which I was finally able to recognize all the characters became memorable.


Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

This performance was one of, if not the greatest, weak links in the telling of the story.


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- ronemtz "I enjoy some historical fiction. James Clavel, Henning Mankell, Stieg Larson, Adventures of Marco Polo, Julius Ceasar."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books