The Return

The Return

Paperback The Van Veeteren Series

By (author) Hakan Nesser, Translated by Laurie Thompson

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 321 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 30mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330492772
  • ISBN 13: 9780330492775
  • Sales rank: 24,047

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Van Veeteren thought back to what his friend Mahler had said the previous evening: Doing something at the right time is more important than what you actually do ...An unmissable hospital appointment is looming for Inspector Van Veeteren when a corpse is found rolled in a rotting carpet by a young child playing in a local beauty spot. Missing head and limbs, the torso is too badly decomposed for forensic identification - bar one crucial detail ...Circumstantial evidence soon points to a local man, a double murderer who disappeared 9 months before, shortly after being released on parole; a local hero turned monster after being convicted of killing two women over a span of three decades. Recuperating after an operation, Van Veeteren is nevertheless directing investigations from his hospital bed, for he is convinced that only the innocence of this new victim can be the motive for his murder. But the two women have been dead for long enough for any evidence to have died with them ...And is he a little like Inspector Morse can be on occasion simply on the wrong track completely?

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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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"Tense and clever."-"The Times" Online (UK) "[Nesser] shows why he is enjoying a fast-growing reputation in mystery circles in this swift and clever puzzler, which includes some of his more complex exercises in narrative taste." --"The Record" (Kitchener-Waterloo) "From the Hardcover edition."