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Münster's Case: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (6) [Kindle Edition]

Hakan Nesser , Laurie Thompson
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Book Description

For Waldemar Leverkuhn the day could not have begun more auspiciously. He and three of his friends, all retirees, have just won the lottery. It’s a modest sum when split four ways—certainly not enough to lift Waldemar out of the plain apartment he shares with his quiet, weary wife—but it’s enough for the old men to toast their good luck with a blowout at their favorite bar. The celebration ends, however, with Waldemar drunk, stumbling, belligerent, and eventually dead in his own bed, stabbed twenty-eight times in the chest with a carving knife.
Taking charge of the case is Intendent Münster, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren’s longtime right-hand man, and his beguiling colleague Ewa Moreno. They seem to have a surefire lead with the disappearance of one of Waldemar’s friends on the same night as the murder, but after a cursory look into his whereabouts produces more questions than answers, the investigation suddenly seems to solve itself when Marie-Louise Leverkuhn, Waldemar’s wife, confesses to the crime and calmly resigns herself to her fate. The case is, but all accounts, closed. That is, until one of the Leverkuhns’ neighbors in the same unassuming block of apartments goes missing and turns up—spectacularly, gruesomely—in pieces around the city.
Thrown back into the fog and chasing after wisps of clues that tenuously but inextricably link the murders, Müenster and Moreno take center stage in Håkan Nesser’s haunting new addition to his acclaimed series.

Editorial Reviews


"Hakan Nesser returns to the Scandinavian dark and gloom, with a new lead investigator in a murder case where the unexpected trumps the ordinary." —Shelf Awareness

"Gripping." —Kirkus  

"In this intelligent mystery, Nesser has chosen to sideline Van Veeteren a little . . . It's the fabulous storytelling and the understated humor that makes this book stand out from the crowd. This simply is great crime fiction." —

"Sterling . . . Gallows humor punctuates the solid plot as Munster's introspective musings lead to a surprise ending." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for The Inspector and Silence
“A thrilling investigation.”
“A taut and compelling mystery in a consistently outstanding series.”
“[The Inspector and Silence] builds slowly, the grim, haunting plot perfectly suited to the methodical, stoic hero.”
Kirkus Reviews
“This is the stylish, atmospheric crime fiction with a strong moral core from an award-winning author; essential for readers of that genre.”
Library Journal
Praise for Håkan Nesser
“Nesser’s novels look for the roots of crime in the ills of society . . . He has seized his chance to create his own dark poetry from these stark materials, and the effect is haunting.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Nesser is a master of suspense.”
The Sunday Times (London)
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.”
The New York Times

About the Author

Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Prize for new authors for Mind’s Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nätet); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann’s Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandanavia’s Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and London.

Product Details

  • File Size: 999 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGM3MC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Fans Only? August 8, 2012
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The novel begins with a seventy-two-year-old man getting stabbed, while in his bed, twenty-eight times, far more wounds than were necessary to kill him. This took place at about two a.m. Another older man, with whom the victim had been drinking (heavily) the evening before, vanishes, apparently without a trace. A few days after the murder, the wife of the caretaker in the very building where the murder occurred also mysteriously disappears.

So, are the three above events related? Does anybody care? A squad of detectives from the Maardam, Sweden police force may care; at least these detectives are all exhausted by the case, as author Hakan Nesser repeatedly makes clear.

The book is written in the third person. In such a case, isn't the author supposed to know all? But Nesser tells us something early on that clearly negates much of the later investigation and course of the book. Sorry, I can't tell you without spoiling it.

Many of the characters are older people. It seems to me that Nesser has a bias against the old. They are consistently depicted as decrepit, wasted, and unpleasant. He repeatedly uses the phrase "old man smell" to describe the (moldy?) atmosphere around some of the characters. I suspect that those who produce deodorant sprays will not be coming out with an "old man smell" line anytime soon.

The book does flow well. Nesser has a sense of humor. Character development is good.

There's an interesting subplot involving the case's male lead detective and one of his female colleagues. He lusts after her, although he seems to be happily married with children. Much of the lusting takes place in dreams, which both disturb and excite him.

There are several clever twists and turns as the conclusion approaches.

I suspect that Nesser's fans will like this more than I.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Read all the way through PLEASE August 31, 2012
Let me start by stating that I am a fan of this author and the Inspector Van Veeteren series.

Inspector Van Veeteren is mentioned here and there in this story and he enters the case towards the end of the book. This is Intendent Munster's case without V.V. Which proves to be a hard nut to crack.
It begins with 4 retirees going to celebrate their winnings in a lottery. As their celebration draws to an end they depart but not without an argument between 2 of them. One of those 2 becomes our first victim. But why was he murdered? and by whom? It appears that the victim, Waldemar Leverkuhn, was found stabbed at least 28 times while asleep in his bed. Surely a crime of passion to be stabbed this many times. But what about all of his neighbors? Why has no one else seen someone coming or going from the victim's apartment?
This story has more than one victim and as the story unfolds hideous secrets from the past are uncovered. Where can Munster go to find out what really lies behind this murder? Unfortunately, uncovering these secrets may cost Munster more than what he bargained for. He may have opened one door too many.

From the security of an armchair in his bookshop, V.V., can still outguess the best of them. That's where Munster goes to share his thoughts and feelings on this case.
Quoting from page 301: "There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosphy." That puts in a nutshell what I found this story to be. Truth is stranger than fiction.

There are times when I read an Inspector Van Veeteren, or in this case Munster, that the dismal weather is reflected in the dismal lives of these detectives, however, I've found that this is all part of V.V.'s world
I highly recommend this book and all of Hakan Nesser's mysteries to lovers of good mysteries. Not a cozy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Book August 8, 2012
Beware, this is "The Unlucky Lottery" renamed. Good book, but you do not need to buy it twice. Holds your interest.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There was something very strange about it all." September 2, 2012
An unidentified perpetrator furiously stabs seventy-two year old Waldemar Leverkuhn "twenty-eight times through his neck and torso." In addition, two people vanish--one of Leverkuhn's female neighbors and a male crony. In Håkan Nesser's "Münster's Case," capably translated by Laurie Thompson, the task of making sense of these seemingly unrelated events falls to a homicide detective named Münster, who formerly worked under the legendary Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (nicknamed VV). The Chief Inspector is on leave and has no immediate plans to return to the force; Münster misses VV's shrewdness and his uncanny ability to see connections that others miss. Even after they examine the evidence and interview the victim's wife, children, and acquaintances, Münster and Detective Inspectors Jung, Rooth, and Moreno are no closer to figuring out who killed Leverkuhn.

Håkan Nesser's low-key style, wry humor, and fine descriptive writing add distinction to this engrossing police procedural. In addition, the author reveals a bit more about his protagonists' personal lives: Münster is feeling "weariness creeping up on him, and suddenly--in an instant--the pointlessness of it all took possession of him." Münster's wife, Synn, is unhappy about the long hours that her husband spends on the job and detective Ewa Moreno has broken up with her needy and stifling boyfriend. Meanwhile, a guilt-ridden Münster is having sexual fantasies about the lovely and charming Ewa. When a shocking development breaks the Leverkuhn case wide open, Münster's superior, Chief of Police Hiller, presses him to drop the matter completely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Scandanavian Police Fiction
Really enjoy Nesser's style. Interesting window on everyday life in Northern Europe.
Published 29 days ago by Seeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
Quite good. Well-written, intelligent, sober. Not quite as good as, say, "Mind's Eye," but well worth a read.
Published 3 months ago by J. Bamford
3.0 out of 5 stars A lottery winner is murdered in this well written story
Waldemar Leverkuhn and three of his friends are thrilled to discover they've won the lottery and go out to celebrate. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Saffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read ! slow suspense build up............... must read for all...
I love Hakan Nesser's books - the slow suspense build up and the details beat most american authors.
Published 8 months ago by AvidReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written, will keep your interest and keep you guessing.
Published 8 months ago by Michael D Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
Combines both good story and character development. Occasionally too much Swedish angst, but mostly kept in control. Sensible ending -
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars nice twists and turns....
very layered
good, quick read
perfect travel read
i have read 4 of his novels to date
and each is good. i would recommend this author.
Published 11 months ago by Paul M. Floyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring
I enjoy Scandinavian crime novels but found this book to be horrible. It was downright boring. The characters where uninteresting as well and the story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CR
2.0 out of 5 stars Say What?
A vague, lumbering saga, not up to Nesser's usual skills. I finished it through sheer determination. Why did the mother have to kill herself?
Published 16 months ago by Theia111
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