The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser

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It’s a sweltering summer in Sweden and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp, brutally raped and strangled; the discovery of her body has been phoned in by an anonymous caller.
 
The members of the sect, the Pure Life, are led by Oscar Yellinek, a charismatic but unnervingly guarded messiah figure. In an act that mystifies and infuriates Van Veeteren and his associates, the members of the Pure Life choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves. But an unidentified woman is continuing to assist the authorities, and her knowledge suggests she’s more than just a passing Good Samaritan. Her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.
 
A riveting new addition to Håkan Nesser’s acclaimed series, The Inspector and Silence is suspense at its haunting best.




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About Hakan Nesser

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HÃ¥kan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writer's Academy Prize for new authors for Mind's Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nätet); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann's Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandanavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and London.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Simon Vance, who narrated Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, is currently the go-to reader for Scandinavian crime novels—and with good reason.

Jul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of The Inspector and Silence

Publishers Weekly

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Intendent Münster steps out of the shadow of his old boss, the now fully retired Inspector Van Veeteren, in Nesser’s sterling sixth Inspector Van Veeteren mystery (after 2011’s The Inspector and Silence).

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Van Veeteren immediately suspects the sinister cult leader, Oscar Yellinek, of killing first one, then another of his eerily silent charges, but he himself faces the real mystery of this disturbing parable of good and evil: how long will Van Veeteren, "spoiled over the years" by human inhumanity,...

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The members of the sect attending the camp deny that any girls are missing, but then there is a third call, with the caller giving directions on how exactly to find a girl she claims is dead.

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City Book Review

The Inspector and Silence by by Håkan Nesser is a thoughtful police procedural in which Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren slowly shifts through the morass of detail and finally picks out the key facts that crack the somewhat controversial case.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Detective Inspector Van Veeteren assists in the investigation of a missing girl from a church camp — some refer to it as a cult camp — in The Inspector and Silence, the fifth mystery in this series by Håkan Nesser, originally published in 1997 under the title Kommissarien och Tystnaden.

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Portland Book Review

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has had just about enough of police work.

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Soon the woman calls again and tells the police where to find the body of one of the camp girls.

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Van Veeteren knows the girl as he had interviewed her the previous day.

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