Search Results: "Håkan Östlundh"


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THE VIPER by Håkan Östlundh
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The ruthless patriarch, the dysfunctional family, the mysterious earlier death and the pattern of domestic abuse all suggest that Östlundh has made a close study of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. But this procedural is altogether slower, less surprising and more routine than its high-flying sinners seem to promise."
Journalist Östlundh's first English-language translation provides sad proof that not every crime novel that takes root under the midnight sun blossoms equally brightly. Read full book review >

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THE INTRUDER by Håkan Östlundh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Middling among the endless crop of Scandinavian procedurals but a distinct improvement over Fredrik's debut (The Viper, 2012)."
Returning from their summer vacation to their desecrated home in Gotland, a Swedish family can't imagine how things could be worse. But Östlundh can. Read full book review >

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WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2009

"Van Veeteren's fourth English-language appearance (Mind's Eye, 2008, etc.) produces the amalgam all procedures seek: a distillation of commonplace crime and detection into something altogether more intense and humane."
Sweden's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and his squad seek a serial killer avenging a terrible crime. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2007

"The second of Nesser's many Van Veeteren novels translated into English feels like a novelty episode in the middle of a series. Precise plotting and deadpan irony make it highly entertaining, but the paucity of character development may make readers yearn for the installments that led up to it."
From his hospital bed, Sweden's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Borkmann's Point, 2006) solves a baffling case. Read full book review >

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HOUR OF THE WOLF by Håkan Nesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"No frills, no subplots, no unnecessary moving parts: an autumnal procedural that illustrates what superior results you can get by stripping away the extras."
Now that he's retired from the Maardam CID, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Münster's Case, 2012, etc.) gets to try on an unwelcome new role: grieving father.Read full book review >

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MIND’S EYE by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2008

"Amiable Van Veeteren is a sly, cocksure sleuth."
Sweden's brilliant Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren solves a knotty puzzle—a little too late—in this first installment in the Van Veeteren series (The Return, 2007, etc.); two other volumes in the series have already been published in the United States. Read full book review >

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THE INSPECTOR AND SILENCE by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Van Veeteren's fifth case to be translated into English (Woman with Birthmark, 2009, etc.) builds slowly, the grim haunting plot perfectly suited to the methodical, stoic hero."
Inspector Van Veeteren probes a religious camp after a series of anonymous calls reports a missing girl. Read full book review >

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MÜNSTER'S CASE by Laurie Thompson
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Münster, who feels very much like a stopgap sleuth, cuts an even less assuming figure than Van Veeteren, who pops up as a kind of Greek chorus from time to time to remind you that it's his franchise. The mystery, like the detection, manages to be both routine and gripping."
Throughout his first five appearances translated into English (The Inspector and Silence, 2011, etc.), Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has constantly threatened to retire, but this time he seems to mean it, leaving the scant detecting honors here to Inspector Münster. Read full book review >