The Return : Inspector Van Veeteren

  • by Håkan Nesser
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Inspector Van Veeteren
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch. The body has no hands, feet, or head, but this was not the work of wild animals. A brutal killer is on the loose - but who is the victim?
From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that involve a nun who hides a secret, a crippled woman, the murders of two other women, and a former track star who served two sentences for murder and has been missing since the date of his return to society.
No one is who they appear to be, and a sleepy village finds itself reopening cases long considered closed. With the assistance of his colleagues, Van Veeteren faces the prospect of taking the law into his own hands in the face of a flawed system of justice.

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What the Critics Say

“The sardonic Van Veeteren is an entertaining lead character, and this book should lead many to seek out earlier entries in the series.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Scandi Procedural

Like the first two books in the series, the writing is calm, detailed and yet mysteriously engaging. I like the way the author paces the story; the writing is eloquent. I found the story quite interesting and I like the main character. This is a psychological thriller, a procedural just as good as the first two books. The wit is more reserved than that of Adler-Olson. I expect to listen to the entire series. The narration is excellent. The quality of this third book is just as strong as the first.
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- gypsy999

Very, very disappointing

Simon Vance is always brilliant and thank god for that or I would have stopped listening much earlier to this very bad story.
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- Glenn

Book Details

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