From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Nesser's fine fourth Insp. Van Veeteren mystery (after 2009's Woman with a Birthmark) finds the crime-weary detective teetering on the brink of retirement while sweltering through a brutal case of rape and murder at a camp run by a religious group, the Pure Life (aka the "sex sect"), for adolescent girls. Van Veeteren immediately suspects the sinister cult leader, Oscar Yellinek, of killing first one, then another of his eerily silent charges, but he himself faces the real mystery of this disturbing parable of good and evil: how long will Van Veeteren, "spoiled over the years" by human inhumanity, be able to stand the desperately delicate balance of his chosen work, where he must constantly enter the malicious "heart of darkness"? As Van Veeteren slowly reconstructs these crimes, he also wrestles with the dilemma central to Nesser's police procedurals: the necessity of protecting evildoers until justice can be done. (June)
"A taut and compelling mystery in a consistently outstanding series."
"[A] fine fourth Inspector Van Veeteren mystery."
"[The Inpector and Silence
] builds slowly, the grim haunting plot perfectly suited to the methodical, stoic hero."
"This is stylish, atmospheric crime fiction with a strong moral core from an award-winning author; essential for readers of the genre."
"A thrilling investigation." —NewsweekPraise for Håkan Nesser and the Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries
“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
“Devotees of Jo Nesbø and Henning Mankell will agree that Nesser belongs in that select circle of A-list Scandinavian crime novelists.” —Booklist
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.” —The New York Times
“Inspector Van Veeteren seems destined for a place amongst the great European detectives.” —Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries