The Return by Hakan Nesser
An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

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Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.

On a rainy April day, a body—or what is left of it—is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands.

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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 March 6, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nesser's latest contemporary police procedural, set in his Swedish homeland, is an excellent puzzler that will remind many of the Inspector Morse series.

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The Bookbag

I've become accustomed to his translations of the Henning Mankell books – I was particularly impressed by his work on Depths – but the style here is completely different.

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Deseret News

(Ultimately, there is a certain grisliness but relatively little violence — which is a nice change from some U.S. crime writers we've read lately.).

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