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Borkmann's Point

Borkmann's Point

Book rating: 04 Paperback Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

By (author) Hakan Nesser

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330492764
  • ISBN 13: 9780330492768
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 11,165

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Borkmann's rule was hardly a rule; in fact, it was more of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases ...In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don't really need any more information. When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing more than some decent thinking. Two men are brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, bored on holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the local authorities. The local police chief, just days away from retirement, is determined to wrap things up before he goes. But there is no clear link between the victims. Then one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a brilliant young female detective, goes missing -- perhaps she has reached Borkmann's Point before anyone else ...

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Hakan Nesser is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award) 2010/11, the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. The Van Veeteren series is published in over 25 countries and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Hakan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife, and spends part of each year in the UK. Available from Hakan Nesser: Borkmann's Point, The Return, The Mind's Eye, The Inspector and Silence, The Unlucky Lottery

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By susana 28 Apr 2013 4

The usually quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen is shaken. Two of its citizens have been murdered in less than two months. The victims seem to have nothing in common, and police are at a loss. That's why Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, who happened to be on holidays in a village nearby, is called to help solve the mystery.
This is the starting point of a well-written detective novel. There are many things I have enjoyed about the book. The plot evolves smoothly and steadily, and it is narrated from different points of view: we get Van Veeteren's, Inspector Moerk's (one of the local inspectors), MΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚ΒΌnster's (Van Veeteren's job mate), and even the murderer's point of view. The change in the narrative voice gives the novel a particular perspective. We get many voices, each one giving a new facet to the story. This way, the feelings of the main characters pour into the story unadulterated, and that is one of the things which I've enjoyed most from this book, the fact that the characters are portrayed in a very human way, with weaknesses and insecurities, which make them credible and interesting. I also like the lack of judgment, there seems to be no evil in the murderer; even though his deeds are brutal, we are not faced with a wicked, vicious character but quite the opposite, he is one of the most likeable characters in the book. Even Van Veeteren regrets the final outcome. Van Veeteren himself is not an easy character. Full of contradictions, he seems to be detached from everybody around, a bit egocentric, and not really interested in what's going on, but at the same time he feels deeply touched by the pleas of a woman concerned about her husband, who is so terrified that doesn't dare to leave their house. Contradictory and discreet, Van Veeteren is one of those characters you want to continue discovering.
I have found no faults in this book. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to read an intelligent, clever and perfectly designed detective novel. I am looking forward to reading more about Van Veeteren, a brilliant and tortured detective.

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"Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin." --"The New York Times" "The [murderer's] identity comes as a terrific surprise. [Nesser] knows how to write great endings."-"Toronto Star" "You don't want it to end. . . . Borkmann's Point is that rarity, a leisurely read that nevertheless keeps you on the edge of your seat. . . . A pleasure." -- "San Francisco Chronicle""The novel's prime asset is the mordant clarity of Nesser's voice. Its understatement is a pleasure in itself, as investigations pause for Van Veeteren to finish his beer, and a poker-faced wit informs the characterization....the novel delivers enough peppery asides on the ageing process and the passage of time to demonstrate a bleakly perceptive intelligence." -- "Times Literary Supplement ""Nesser spends as much time with his characters as with the mystery... creating an absorbing tale with an unexpected ending."--"The Sunday Telegraph" (UK) "Another good Swedish writer emerges, an old hand, garlanded with his country's prizes, but only now translated into English."--"The Times" (UK) "International bestseller Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this classy and rewarding whodunit, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994...Thompson's smooth translation makes this worthy mystery readily accessible to American readers."--"Publishers Weekly ""No reader of hard-boiled crime fiction should miss the Scandinavians, and Nesser immediately vaults to near-Mankell status. Let's hope Borkmann's Point, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Best Novel Award for 1994, is only the first of a steady stream of Nesser imports."--"Booklist "(starredreview) Praise for "Borkmann's Point" and Hakan Nesser: "This is definitely one of the better books to be recently published in the crime genre." --"Finanstidningen" (Sweden) "Original, and with a profound underlying humanity." --"Bohuslaningen" (Sweden) "Nesser writes dramatic murder mysteries that rouse the imagination." --"Nordvastra Skanes Tidningar" (Sweden) "Nesser is one of our most famous crime writers -- but so far only in Sweden. This must change, however, because hardly anyone else in the world tells crime stories in such a unique way." --"WDR-Mittagsmagazin" (Germany) "Nesser belongs to today's elite in crime fiction writing. His work is of the highest quality. Hurry to the bookstore!" --"Svenska Dagbladet" (Sweden) "Nesser has a keen grasp of the art of spinning many narrative threads into a shocking resolution. This finesse and control results in perfectly accomplished crime novels." --"Jonkopings-Posten" (Sweden) Praise from Sweden for The Van Veeteren Crime Novels: "There is a new star in the crime-writing galaxy. A stylish and enjoyable novel . . . spiced with an understated sense of humor." --"Sydsvenska Dagbladet" "With Van Veeteren, Nesser has created a character who has the making of a classic." --"Aftenposten" "Nesser has a keen and complete grasp of the art of spinning many threads, pulling them together in a thrilling way and bringing them to a shocking solution. This sense of finesse and control leads to absolutely accomplished crime novels." --J"onkopings-Posten" "From the Hardcover edition."