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 eas..Show More »ily. 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!
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 wr..Show More »iting 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.
An excellent edition to the Scandinavian mystery g
Four old men start the day by winning a modest sum of money which even split between them will be a nice little sum. They go out to celebrate. But, by..Show More » the end of the day, one man is dead, murdered in his bed with 68 stab wounds. Another of the men has disappeared. And within a couple of days, the landlady from the apartment building of the murdered man also goes missing. Then, the man’s wife comes forward and confesses to the murder. She is convicted and hangs herself in jail. Munster and other officers don’t really believe the wife was strong enough to have inflicted the damage and Munster at least feels she’s protecting someone else, but who? And what happened to the other two people who disappeared? Are all these cases connected? A very good book.