Inspector Van Veeteren

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 988 ratings

Mind's Eye Publisher's Summary

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.

But Van Veeteren's suspicions about the identity of the killer are borne out when Mitter also becomes a murder victim. Now the chief inspector launches a full-scale investigation of the two slayings. But it may only be the unspoken secrets of the dead - revealed in a mysterious letter that Mitter wrote shortly before his death - that will finally allow Van Veeteren to unmask the killer and expose the shocking root of this sordid violence.

©1993 Original material by Håkan Nesser. Originally published in Sweden as Det grovmaskiga nätet by Albert Bonniers Förlag AB, Stockholm. Translation © 2008 by Laurie Thompson. Recorded by arrangement with Pantheon, an imprint of the Knopf Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (P)2011 HighBridge Company
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  • Book 1

    • Mind's Eye

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 196

    Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A GOOD MYSTERY

    • By chris on 02-16-12

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  • Book 2

    • Borkmann's Point

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brooding, compassionate and mysterious

    • By chris on 02-25-12

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  • Book 3

    • The Return

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    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 missing former track star who served two sentences for murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Scandi Procedural

    • By PaperArtist on 09-18-13

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  • Book 4

    • Woman with Birthmark

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    After hearing her mother’s deathbed confession and following the dreary funeral, Maria Adler realizes she has no other option but to seize upon her mother’s imperative to do something. Dissolving the life she loathes, Maria changes her appearance and disappears. When she emerges, revenge is her sole occupation. Inspector Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. He was a quiet, utterly dull man, and the only suspicious activity his surviving wife can recall is a series of peculiar phone calls.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, beautifully told...

    • By Robert Delk Hirsh on 11-29-11

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  • Book 5

    • The Inspector and Silence

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    A secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation as one of their young members, a girl on the cusp of puberty, is found dead in the forest, brutally raped and strangled. Adopting to remain silent over the incident rather than defend themselves, the members of The Pure Life - led by their intelligent but perturbing messiah figure, Oscar Yellineck - simultaneously anger and mystify Van Veeteren and the other detectives on the case.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overall a good listen

    • By Sævar Ari Finnbogason on 10-23-11

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    • Inspector and Silence

    • By: Hakan Nesser
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fog of heat. In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge’s tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone call from an anonymous woman. She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery.But Van Veeteren’s investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast.

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  • Book 6

    • Munster's Case

    • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
    • By: Håkan Nesser, Laurie Tompson (Translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    For Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retiree living with his wife in a small unit in an unassuming block of apartments, the day couldn't begin more auspiciously. He, along with three friends, have won the lottery. It's a modest but healthy sum of money and the old men toast to their good luck with a celebratory dinner. The day ends, however, with Leverkuhn drunk, belligerent, and eventually dead in his bed, stabbed 28 times in the chest. After a cursory investigation, Leverkuhn's quiet, weary wife incredibly confesses to murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent edition to the Scandinavian mystery g

    • By Kathleen on 08-26-12

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  • Book 7

    • Hour of the Wolf

    • By: Hakan Nesser
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    It starts with a drunk man killing a boy as he hits him with his car. Thinking no one has seen him, he feels he's off the hook. Until he receives a message telling him that the sender knows what he's done, and unless he pays him a ransom, to be left in a bag at a secluded men's room, he'll squeal. The killer does as instructed, but as he sees a young man leave with said bag, he then kills the young man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Story - Love Simon Vance

    • By Iris Rainbird on 11-04-16

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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