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Mind's Eye: An Inspector Van Vetteren Mystery (1) (Inspector Van Veeteren Series) Paperback – June 16, 2009
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“Lean, atmospheric and full of existential uncertainty. . . . Nesser isn't interested in life's pretty offerings. His detectives expect the worst because they have seen the world go wrong too often.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Snappish, sardonic, unsentimental, depressed, and quite possibly psychic, Van Veeteren is the most appealingly unlovable hero since TV's crabby physician House.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“In a class of its own. . . . This stunning novel by one of Sweden's foremost crime writers might have been written as a script for Alfred Hitchcock.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Mind's Eye satisfies on every level. It is an intelligently written, cleverly plotted tale, populated with believable characters. . . . Nesser was superb right out of the gate.” —BookPage
About the Author
Håkan Nesser was born in 1950 in Sweden. In 1993 he was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for his novel Mind's Eye, and is the only author to have won the Academy's best novel award three times: in 1994 for Borkmann's Point; in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark; and in 2007 for A Rather Different Story. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. His novels have been published to wide acclaim in twenty-five countries.
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Let me say only this. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (or "VV" as his colleagues call him) is a character and quite the opposite of Mankell's introverted Kurt Wallender. Make no mistake, however, VV is a dedicated and brilliant chief inspector who has solved 20 of 21 cases. But his outspoken and blunt behavior around his colleagues and even around his boss, the chief of police, often had me laughing out loud. There is humor in this book, as when a suspect calls the police department with some information but can't remember the name of the Inspector (Van Veeteren) who questioned him. "You know," he says to the on-duty officer, "the unpleasant one, the really, really unpleasant one"--upon which the officer immediately puts him through to VV!
It is wonderful to watch Chief Inspector Van Veeteren connect all the dots in this intricately woven plot, and the subtle humor that runs throughout the book is an unexpected plus.
Mind's Eye is a great mystery. A man wakes up to find his wife dead in the bathtub with absolutely no memory of the night before. Is he guilty? Inspector Van Veeteren doesn't think so but he has no way to prove otherwise. When the husband ends up dead, Van Veeteren is committed to finding out the identity of the real killer once and for all. Hakan Nesser does not mess around with a lot of jibber jabber in his novels, he stays on point, keeps the action moving and thus the reader completely involved, just the way I like my mysteries. The main character, Inspector Van Veeteren is a crotchety, but lovable detective genius who is fun to follow. The story is intelligent, witty, and creepy all at the same time.
I must admit that the writing itself was quite good but didn't find that enough to keep me invested. I figured out who-done-it as soon as the culprits name was mentioned given his relationship to the first murder we're introduced to in the book. I continued reading, hoping I was wrong. I wasn't.
This wasn't a bad book and it would probably make a fine beach/airplane/vacation read. For me it offered nothing to compel me to pick up another from this author.
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