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The Inspector and Silence (Inspector Van Veeteren Series #5)

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Readable, but Slow

    One of my greatest frustrations about following book series with lead detectives is when the author decides to take the reader through the detectives' personal reflections and angst. I find that, more often than not, this comes at the expense of the pace of the story and I inevitably lose interest. I have taken no less than three weeks to trudge through this Van Veeteren mystery.

    The story is straightforward enough, but most of the characters are all as tortured and brooding as Van Veeteren himself, so there's no great variation of mood, scenery, pace, or advancement. If you're in the mood for a weekend read in front of the fireplace on the couch, this is not it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

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    an entertaining bleak murder investigation

    Between the Swedish summer heat, the workload, and his feeling he suffers from PTSD, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren considers strongly about retiring. He figures he deserves a vacation as he has kept putting it off and will decide when he comes back whether to submit his papers.

    However, someone rapes and murders a young girl in the woods near the Pure Life sect encampment. Van Veeteren leads the investigation. When he and his team meet the charismatic leader of Pure Life, Oscar Yellinek; Van Veeteren thinks the man is pure evil and guilty but has no proof. The cops find the total silence of the members disturbing as no one utters a word and via passive resistance refuse to cooperate except an anonymous woman who keeps giving him tips while violent homicides occur.

    The latest Swedish Inspector Van Veeteren police procedural (see Mind's Eye and Woman with a Birthmark) is an entertaining bleak murder investigation. The protagonist's fears he is over the edge when it comes to killers as he considers retirement. His doubts enhance the whodunit as Van Veeteren desperately wants to deliver swift justice instead of keeping predatory monsters safe until the courts to do their job. Although too much time is spent on Swedish food and other minor sidebars, fans of Scandinavian Noir will enjoy Van Veeteren's dark frustration with legal justice being at a snail's pace.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I enjoyed this one as I did the others

    I have read each of the first five books of the Inspecter Van Veeteren series by Hakan Nesser. I look forward to reading his latest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Check Swedish authors

    Love these mysteries by Swedish authors. Very suspensful. After Stieg Larssen's triology I was hooked on the stories from all these authors.

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