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First-published 25 years ago The Mind's Eye introduces Hakan Nesser's detective Van Veeteren. A curmudgeonly Chief Inspector with about ten years to his retirement. To me it read as slightly more dated than its early 90s publication date. The mildly traditional narration style employed by David Timson added to this feel and made all the characters sound uniformly older. He does however have a voice I could happily listen to more.
I did quite enjoy it, especially the courtroom scenes in the early part of the book though Van Veeteren himself takes a back seat in those early exchanges. He does come more into it as the rather linear mystery develops.
From what I can tell from reading on Goodreads those who like the series think this low-key start is built on well in the books to come and I may well try them. This relatively brief introduction is enjoyable enough but it is of a vintage and to me doesn't stand out in this crowded genre.
Worth a read but not what I would call outstanding,.
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