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.
"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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Brooding, compassionate and mysterious
- 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
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.
The point at which I was finally able to recognize all the characters became memorable.
This performance was one of, if not the greatest, weak links in the telling of the story.
- ronemtz "I enjoy some historical fiction. James Clavel, Henning Mankell, Stieg Larson, Adventures of Marco Polo, Julius Ceasar."