The Return by Hakan Nesser
An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

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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. This taut psychological thriller affirms Håkan Nesser's place in the landscape of international crime fiction.
 

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 Pantheon. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wallender has diabetes, Lindman cancer.

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Brilliant Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is in the hospital for cancer surgery, so the bulk of the investigation falls to his team of six detectives, led by the sardonic duo of Münster and Rooth.

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From his hospital bed, Sweden's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Borkmann's Point, 2006) solves a baffling case.

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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. Nesser's sleuth, Detective Chief Inspector Van

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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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Yes Pages: 321 Date: July 2008 Publisher: Pan Books ISBN: 978-0330492775 Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is just about to go into hospital for an operation – he has cancer – when a young girl discovers a body in the woods.

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Curled Up

Even the judge who convicted Verhaven confesses to Inspector Van Veeteren that, in his thirty years on the bench, he never came across anything like the Leopold Verhaven case.

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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.) Nesser's setting is foreign, of course, and intriguing in the same way a good travel book is int...

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Book Geeks

Anyone who has run out of Hening Mankell may not yet have found an adequate substitute (hint: it’s Jo Nesbo) but The Return will do nicely while the search continues (hint: it’s Jo Nesbo).

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