Håkan Nesser - book author
Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful crime fiction novels. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages.
Håkan Nesser was born and grew up in Kumla, and has lived most of his adult life in Uppsala. His first novel was published in 1988, but he worked as a teacher until 1998 when he became a full-time author. In August, 2006, Håkan Nesser and his wife Elke moved to Greenwich Village in New York.
* Inspector Van Veeteren
* Inspector Barbarotti
Håkan Nesser is the author of books: Borkmann's Point (Inspector Van Veeteren #2), Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren #1), The Return (Inspector Van Veeteren #3), Woman with Birthmark (Inspector Van Veeteren #4), The Inspector and Silence (Inspector Van Veeteren #5), Münsters Fall (Inspector Van Veeteren #6), Människa utan hund (Barbarotti #1), Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö, Hour of the Wolf (Inspector Van Veeteren #7), En helt annan historia (Barbarotti #2)
Internationally bestselling author Häkan Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this riveting tale of murder and suspense that reveals the deep humanity of the characters portrayed even as it sends chills up the spine.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann’s Point unfolds like a chess match where each move could prove deadly.
The swift conviction left Van Veeteren uneasy: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and his wife dead in the bathtub. With only the flimsiest defense, he is found guilty and imprisoned in a mental institution. But when Mitter is murdered in his bed, Van Veeteren regrets not following his gut and launches an investigation into the two murders. As the chief inspector delves deeper, the twisted root of these violent murders will shock even him.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Determined to let no case go unsolved, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren reopens the case. What he discovers is that Verhaven was a star sprinter before he went to prison for allegedly killing two of his lovers. However, he never confessed to the murders and spent a lifetime proclaiming his innocence. Was he killed because someone thought he had not been punished enough? Or was someone afraid of Verhaven's revenge? A terrible suspicion stalks Van Veeteren: had Verhaven been telling the truth? Was he really innocent?
After hearing her mother’s deathbed confession and following the dreary funeral, Maria Adler realizes she has no other option but to seize upon her mother’s imperative to do something. Dissolving the life she loathes, Maria changes her appearance and disappears. When she emerges, revenge is her sole occupation.
Inspector Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. He was a quiet, utterly dull man, and the only suspicious activity his surviving wife can recall is a series of peculiar phone calls. Repeatedly the telephone would ring, offering nothing but the words of an obscure pop song from the 1960s. This siren song is linked to an identical murder, but the true link between these heinous crimes remains unknown, while a daughter’s pride grows with the satisfaction of vengeance and another detective’s lover offers telling insights that only an outsider could deduce.
With the critical eye and cool observation necessary for a successful chess match, Van Veeteren pursues his subject across the country, wading through outrageous leads and fruitless tips. A breathless thriller full of deception, blackmail, and cold murder, Woman with Birthmark is a chilling read.
(Bestselling author Håkan Nesser has proven himself several times and with great success that he can tell exciting stories whose dissolution also unexpectedly hits connoisseurs of the genre. His fan base in Germany is now huge. With his idiosyncratic investigator Van Veeteren he has created a hero who has the makings of a classic - a middle-aged man with stomach discomfort, who loves classical music and solves his cases with a mixture of black humor and intuition. This time Van Veeteren faces a particularly difficult task. Two little girls have disappeared from a summer camp. Shortly thereafter, they are found murdered. Is an obscure sect leader behind the deeds? Or is it related to an unknown psychopath? Most importantly, can Van Veeteren stop him before he strikes again?)
(Four retirees celebrate their lottery win in a pub. Drowned in drunkenness, the four are making their way home. Hours later, one of them is dead, stabbed in the back of his own apartment. Commissioner Münster takes over the case, because Commissioner Van Veeteren has taken a leave of absence for a year and works in a second-hand bookshop. But none of his colleagues believes that he can let go of the investigation work. In fact, Münster is soon consulting Van Veeteren, because the case is becoming more and more mysterious. So presents the victim's widow as perpetrator and makes a confession. Van Veeteren is convinced that she is lying ... )
Människa utan hund är den första romanen i Håkan Nessers Barbarotti-kvartett.
In the middle of the night, a boy is struck by a car after leaving his girlfriend's house. The driver, drunk, leaves the boy's body by the side of the road and, wrestling with guilt, tries to put it all out of his mind—until a blackmail note arrives. In the meantime, Reinhart, the new chief inspector of the Maardam police force, has set his team to work. But a second, possibly related killing proves that this is no ordinary case. The police, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to these appalling crimes, but as the killer becomes increasingly unhinged and unpredictable, Van Veeteren, now retired, is compelled to re-enter the world he left behind. He will face the greatest trial of his career as he seeks vengeance for the death of someone who was close to him. Told with Håkan Nesser's trademark eye for detail, breakneck plotting, and gut-wrenching moral tension, Hour of the Wolf finds the Nordic noir superstar spinning one of his most spellbinding tales yet.
From the Hardcover edition.
Fem år senare börjar någon döda dem, en efter en, men först sedan kriminalinspektör Gunnar Barbarotti i Kymlinge brevledes förvarnats om morden. Det förblir ett uppmärksammat men ouppklarat mysterium och drevet mot den ansvarige polisen går i kvällspressen.
I den andra boken om Gunnar Barbarotti får vi på nytt möta den luttrade tvivlaren och intresserade bedjaren som vi lärde känna i romanen Människa utan hund. Hans yrkeskarriär förefaller honom alltmer dubiös medan tillvaron i övrigt plötsligt tycks full av nya möjligheter.
Under mottot ”lita aldrig på författaren” iscensätts här en spännande historia om kärlek, svartsjuka och hämnd.Till skillnad från första romanen om Gunnar Barbarott - Människa utan hund - som var en (familje)roman är En helt annan historia en kriminalroman...