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Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Compelling Swedish detective fiction

Readers of Henning Mankell's Wallander series or Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall's Martin Beck series should enjoy this, the first of Håkan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren series. It runs in the same vein of police procedural, with a somewhat world-weary ...
Readers of Henning Mankell's Wallander series or Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall's Martin Beck series should enjoy this, the first of Håkan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren series. It runs in the same vein of police procedural, with a somewhat world-weary main detective, faced with a challenging case. In an unusual twist, the story starts with the suspect already in custody and runs from there. The novel is cleverly plotted, and keeps the reader engrossed, but there are also lighter moments of real humor as well. I've since gone on to read the second book in the series, Borkmann's Point, and look forward to reading the rest, which will hopefully continue to be translated in the coming years (this novel was originally written in 1993, but only translated into English in 2008).

posted by 398048 on May 5, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Maybe in swedish its better

However since no one did anything and he got murdered anyway seems to have not been a very good police man and i didnt like anyone in the book especially the detective regionals should at least make you want to visit and trashing everything and everyone does not make ...
However since no one did anything and he got murdered anyway seems to have not been a very good police man and i didnt like anyone in the book especially the detective regionals should at least make you want to visit and trashing everything and everyone does not make you want anything more to do with the whole country the collective tourists org should ban these exports almost every present day regional combo mystery discourages reading more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Compelling Swedish detective fiction

    Readers of Henning Mankell's Wallander series or Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall's Martin Beck series should enjoy this, the first of Håkan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren series. It runs in the same vein of police procedural, with a somewhat world-weary main detective, faced with a challenging case. In an unusual twist, the story starts with the suspect already in custody and runs from there. The novel is cleverly plotted, and keeps the reader engrossed, but there are also lighter moments of real humor as well. I've since gone on to read the second book in the series, Borkmann's Point, and look forward to reading the rest, which will hopefully continue to be translated in the coming years (this novel was originally written in 1993, but only translated into English in 2008).

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    A mystery to savor

    I love this author. A Swede who is not quite as dark and depressing as some of the other Swedish authors, but true to the genre. I am reading the second in the series-"Borkmann's Point" and loving it even more. He has a trick of inserting little bits of wry humor into his books.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    MIND'S EYE is an excellent Swedish police procedural

    In Sweden the evidence overwhelmingly condemns drunken schoolteacher Janek Mitter in the killing of his wife and a colleague who apparently was with her. Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren arrests the distraught husband who has no alibi and was found in a drunken stupor at the crime scene; Janek is easily convicted and sent away to spend the rest of his life either in a mental institution or if his mind heals a prison.

    Van Veeteren has some issues with the conviction although it appears reasonable and he is a prime reason Janek was nailed. Although he keeps mentally reviewing the case making him bone weary, he does little to follow up on his hunch until it is too late. Someone murders Janek leaving Van Veeteren feeling guilty that he failed to follow his instincts. He vows to find the link between the homicides of the Mitter couple and subsequently their killer while personally vowing never to ignore his gut instincts ever again.

    MIND'S EYE is an excellent Swedish police procedural (see THE RETURN and BORKMANN'S POINT) starring a great investigator who is filled with remorse for not following up on his belief something was off kilter in the case even as he received acclaim for solving an obvious domestic dispute that turned ugly, but proved to be something else. Fans will enjoy this terrific tale as a good likable cop struggles with his mistake by chasing down the real culprit in a great twisting thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    Another Scandinavian Winner

    Some very witty lines and sage observations. The detective is wise, but a bit off-putting with his ubiquitous toothpicks. The ending ties everything together in a neat, if shocking, package, but is somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie, i.e., not enough herrings (red or otherwise) to figure out the real cuprit till the end.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Excellent read- I didn't figure out 'who done it'

    I watch lots of Scandinavian films and this book reads like one of those movies. Very bleak landscape, cold and dreary, lots of smoking and very gritty characters make a terrific story of murder. It's well worth your time and you won't figure this one out- James Patterson fans!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Unusual mystery

    Terrific debut for series made famous by Borkmann's Point. Inspector Van Veeteren is an original character and the Scandinavian setting adds to the interest.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Outstanding crime novel; ranks with the best of the Nordics

    We have Steig Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Mankel's Wallander and now Hakan Nesser. What do they have in common? The characters are so well-drawn, not "complex" the way most reviewers use the word, but
    dimensioned, flawed at varying levels at varying times, and able
    to engage you as a person whose adventures are worth tracking.

    Van Veeteren is classic as hardboiled, opinionated (most of his
    observations on our society I share) but with enough stitches of
    his underlying virtues to show through.

    If Mind's Eye was a worthwhile read, then Beergman's Point is even better. Treat yourself to these compact reads in order.

    David Blocher

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    If you like Sweedish mysteries give this one a try.

    I found Hakran Nesser's narritive completly different from those of Mankell, Lackberg, and Nesbo. If you are reading a series and need a quick change of pace this is the book for you. I enjoyed the characters. But most of all it was fun to read a book where you actively have to participate if figuring out whose character you are listening to and putting the pieces together, from your perspective and then seeing if you've got it right in the end.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Set in a generic European country

    I was wrong about Holland. The setting seems a mixture of Holland, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium.

    Good mystery, but not up to the literary standard of the best Wallander books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    A little Rex Stout, add some Agatha Christie and some more Henni

    A little Rex Stout, add some Agatha Christie and some more Henning Mankell!

    Inspector Van Veeteren is world weary and just too good at his job. His assistant thinks he looks like a half-finished stuffed animal, and he feels like it as well. There is howvever a multiple murder to solve and the inspector is the man to solve it. An elegant mystery plot and characters combine to create a great read. The dark Swedish atmospherics are there as well. The first in a great series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    On a quest to find and enjoy yet another Scandinavian mystery au

    On a quest to find and enjoy yet another Scandinavian mystery author, I'm thankful to a reading friend who introduced me to the first DI Van Veeteren mystery series.  These are psychological police procedurals of the first order.  They very much remind of the series by authors Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo.




    DI Van Veeteren chews on toothpicks while he thinks, and depends on his sense of intuition in discovering his suspects---solving 19 out of 20 cases with this assurance.  In this first case a viciously murdered wife is found dead in the same apartment as her husband, who has lost his memory of that evening.  He is promptly convicted and put in a mental institution, but something doesn't quit set with Van Veeteren.  He's intuition is proved correct when the husband is murdered in the mental hospital.




    The book continues with the process of finding the real murderer.  This 'process' definitely 'makes' this DI a winning character, and I can see why this author is so popular in his home country.  The translation is very good, and adds to the story.  Looking forward to reading lots more in this series from Sweden!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Really keeps you interested

    I love reading the Swedish authors. This is the first of Nesser's Van Veeteren series, but I intend to read more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Maybe in swedish its better

    However since no one did anything and he got murdered anyway seems to have not been a very good police man and i didnt like anyone in the book especially the detective regionals should at least make you want to visit and trashing everything and everyone does not make you want anything more to do with the whole country the collective tourists org should ban these exports almost every present day regional combo mystery discourages reading more

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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