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Borkmann's Point (Inspector Van Veeteren Series #2)

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    The best of Van Veeteren

    WOMAN WITH A BIRTHMARK is the fourth of Harkan Nesser's books to be translated into English. It opens at a cemetery a few days before Christmas. A woman, the lone mourner, stands at the side of a grave as her mother is being buried. In the last days before her death, her mother had urged, "Don't cry....don't stand there bawling at my funeral....No, do something, my girl! Take action!. Do something magnificent that I can applaud up there in heaven!" (p6).

    Ryszard Malik has been receiving strange phone calls. Someone has been calling and playing an old song from the sixties; the caller never says a word. One night, in the middle of January, his wife returns to find his body sprawled in the entry. He had been shot four times, twice in the heart and twice below the belt. There are no clues, no supects, and no indication of a motive.

    Van Veeteren and his team go through the motions but there is nothing in Malik's background to suggest that someone would want him dead. It seems a clear "no solve" until another man is murdered. Rickard Maasleitner was found shot to death, two bullets in the chest and two bullets below the belt. He, too, had received phone calls in which there was played a song that he vaguely remembered from the 1960's.

    The story opens fully when the team discover the connection between the men and a detective's partner suggests something about the killer that Van Veeteren may well have missed.

    This is a tightly written story, the best, I think, of Nesser's books. Van Veeteren is more upbeat and less self-involved than he seemed to be in the previous books. It is a book that begs to be read at one go.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Great series

    Give it a try. Series and characters develop slowly, but patience is rewarded. Instant gratification isn't everything.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    not the greatest read in the world

    After reading the Millenium Trilogy, I was very excited to start another Swedish crime novel. What a disappointment this turned out to be. First of all, the translation left a bit to be desired...in fact in several places there are only ____ instead of words. Talk about losing something in the translation. I found myself getting a bit bored with the rather stilted dialog. I finished the book...but only because I had paid the $$ for it and didn't want to waste my money.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    great book

    I love mysteries and read about this author in the NY Times book review. They were right - this writer is excellent and what a twist at the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    his best work

    his best work

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Ceck it out

    If you like mystery you will love Hakan Nesser books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Very good book about crime solving

    Crime solving mystery.
    I thought this was a good book and would recommend it.

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