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The Inspector and Silence Hardcover – 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 5 of 7 in the Van Veeteren Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: PANTHEON BOOKS (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0307379825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307379825
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,955,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have read all of Nesser's books published in English and ordered this one from England in advance of its arrival here in the U.S. I advise you to skip it. I am a fan of his other books but this one is poorly written and the plotting is very amateurish. Hard to say why - I hadn't expected such a letdown from an author who has written such good books before.
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Good book by a literary master. I have also watched the TV series, and while I enjoyed the six episodes, the books are better able to enunciate DCI Van Veeteren's musings as he works toward finding the killer in his own inimitable way.
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I have persevered with this series and will continue to do so but in the hope that VV leaves, gets killed off or by some form of Devine intervention becomes an interesting character.
If the next instalment is as lifeless as this one I am done. It really was a struggle and I was relieved to finish it.
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Inspector and Silence has a promising beginning where a murder may have been committed by a religious sect member. The plot develops slowly and goes off into many dead ends, involves a lot of detectives' dining experiences and dreams of vacation, and other distractions to pad the size of the book. The resolution doesn't seem to be very connected to the developments up to that point and appears to have been chosen at random from a set of possible endings. This might be an ok rental from your local library.
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After thirty five years, Van Veeteren is ready to leave the job he has done for most of his adult life. He's seen one too many murders, in this case the bodies of two 'tween' girls who had been raped. Police work is one of the most stressful jobs you can do. In the US their suicide rate is 23% above their age demographic and 42% above the national average. This doesn't include their high level of divorce and alcohol and drug addiction. Van Veeeteren was married for twenty five years, many of them barely civil, and his son (who his job left him little time for) has been involved in crime and drugs and is serving a five year term in prison at the time of the novel.

With two weeks to go before he goes on vacation, to Crete, after which he has decided to retire, VV becomes involved in the murder of a 12 year old girl at a summer camp. The camp is run by a small christian religious sect whose charismatic leader is known for his odd behavior and beliefs. The sect considers all those outside of the sect as outsiders and sinners. One day, the acting Chief of Police in the local town receives a call that says a girl has been murdered at the camp. When questioned, the leaders and children at the camp are adamant that no one is missing from the camp. The Chief receives another call telling him where the body is hidden. Having found the body, the Chief also learns that the Leader of the sect has disappeared on the same day the little girl was murdered. The leaders three woman assistants all refuse to discuss what has happened.

Van Veeteren and his colleagues are called in to help the local police try to solve this murder. VV and his men find out that another girl is missing and in due course her raped body is found.
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I was really eager and excited to try out Nesser and was hopeful (like the cover indicated) that he compares well with Steig Larsson. But was really disappointed when the book turned out be some sort of dry comic. The so called 'Inspector' seems to be have been loosely molded around Sherlock Holmes- if Nesser was trying to amuse by this- I can say for sure that he did not.

So I go on reading with the hope that the book with pick up- with the constant feeling that I was reading a children's book. By the mid point of the book Nesser had spent half my time & more describing his Characters who nothing short of boring. There was still no plot no tension nothing!

Please dont waste you time on this book- I wasted my time and money on it and would like to warn everyone not to fall for it.
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