Thoughtful, intimate development of characters appears to be Nesser's MO, but the use of pronouns can get annoying. For example, one can be two paragraphs into a chapter before we know which "he" is being presented. Nesser is the thinking person's writer--and it is worth the work!
Inhaled this book, nothing like a Swedish mystery.
My second Nesser book.This last one better than the first. It is still slow going. Not what we’ve been accustom with American cop novels like Cannell. But we get use to the slow progress of the plot. Here we don’t have high energy car chases, city violence, or shifty characters. It makes more use of psychological investigation and deduction. Is Sweden so much different than America; or is it that novels are constructed for different audiences ? In my mind, both have there place. It’s like Mars and Venus (Men and Women). Both coexist in a peaceful solar system. Men and Women less so, but that’s another store altogether.
This book #1 in the Inspector Van Veeteren series of ten books, the last three of which have not been translated into English as at early 2012 (as have none so far of the author’s subsequent Inspector Barbarotti series); thi is a suitably complex story and nice interactions among the ongoing cast of characters; but this book has unnecessary advertising plugs for Toyota etc.; and it’s in a mythical country that combines the UK (moors) with Netherland-Belgium (polders) and has a town (Malbork) named after a fascinating and huge Knights Templar castle in Poland; the result is a little bit too much country-mixing for one to get a good feel for what kind of place we’re in
The first Inspector Van Veeteren mystery - reminiscent of Inspector Morse in some ways.
This is the first book in the series which I started thinking it was the second. Better than "Borkman's Point," but again, the murderer is a total surprise, and Nesser doesn't give the reader much of a chance to work it out with the hero.
I've read all the Van Veeteren books I can find at NWPL. They're fun - set in some nameless northern European country, all the languages seem to run together in the place a nd character names. Not too much violence, hardly any sex, just nice, clean mystery writing with enough human interest to keep it perking along.
to be taken out again after return from holidays, Search for others by same author. Lynn read it and like it.
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