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Ühel vaiksel augustihommikul vabaneb vanglast topeltmõrvar. Ühel vihmasel aprillipäeval leitakse metsast köndistatud surnukeha. Milline seos valitseb nende sündmuste vahel? Komissar Van Veeteren pannakse silmitsi kireva ja õnnetu inimsaatusega. Tema lahendada jääb kuritegu, mille puhul kõik juhtniidid viivad üksnes ajas tagasi. Seal, kus kõik süütõendid on ammu ja hoolegaÜhel vaiksel augustihommikul vabaneb vanglast topeltmõrvar. Ühel vihmasel aprillipäeval leitakse metsast köndistatud surnukeha. Milline seos valitseb nende sündmuste vahel? Komissar Van Veeteren pannakse silmitsi kireva ja õnnetu inimsaatusega. Tema lahendada jääb kuritegu, mille puhul kõik juhtniidid viivad üksnes ajas tagasi. Seal, kus kõik süütõendid on ammu ja hoolega hävitatud, saab kriminalist tugineda ainult ainsale hävimatule tunnistajale – kaasinimeste mälule. Sellele toetudes on võimalik lahendada sedagi, mis peaaegu lahendamatu....

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Tagasitulek Reviews

  • Rachel Hall
    2019-03-05 05:02

    The Return is the third outing in the highly acclaimed series featuring the grumpy and sardonic DCI Van Veeteren and whilst the suspense is admittedly fairly muted, a meticulously plotted case, deadpan humour and some prescient flashbacks will once again keep readers thoroughly entertained. Written in 1995 but not translated until 2007, the murder of a twice imprisoned man sees Van Veeteren in typical philosophical form, often bemusing his colleagues along the way.Opening in August, 1993 with the release of a man after twelve-years spent inside the Big Grey prison, he steps into the morning light with an unspecified clear intention firmly rooted in his mind. At the age of fifty-seven and with a combined total of twenty-four-years spent behind bars he can afford to be patient. Fast-forward to April, 1994 and the discovery in the woods at Behren by a group of children of a corpse rolled inside a filthy carpet, lacking a head, hands or feet and thus impeding identification. As the lengthy process of identification drags on, DCI Van Veeteren has the worry of the imminent removal of a four inch cancerous growth from within his large intestine and is summoned to hospital for the operation. Typically restless, grumpily recuperating and the scourge of the nursing staff, sidekick Münster keeps him entertained with the rather amusing physical defect (one testicle) of the victim making for uncomfortable questioning of his nearest and dearest as the team attempt to verify his identity. The body is of one Leopold Verhaven and on hearing his name Van Veeteren immediately assumes charge of the case into a man who was no stranger to the headlines. As a leading middle distance runner in the 1950's and the holder of several national records, his subsequent ban from competition and disgrace for substance abuse saw him return to his childhood home, Kaustin, where he was always regarded as something of an eccentric loner. Verhaven is also a notorious criminal and something of a one-off in that he is the only person in the country to have ever been found guilty of first degree murder twice, despite denying it on both occasions. DCI Van Veeteren's predecessor, DCI Mort, led the two investigations with Van Veeteren involved on the fringes of the second murder as a uniformed cop, with a now eighty-four-year old judge, Heidelbluum, presiding over both cases.Two convictions for murder, separated by twenty-years and with a guilty verdict issued in both cases despite largely circumstantial evidence, only for the release of Verhaven to bring a swift meeting with his maker and a brutal death. It falls to Van Veeteren and his team to uncover just what has seen a twice convicted killer end his days as a victim. As the two convictions for murder are reprised and the efficiency and efforts of the former investigating officers come under scrutiny covering nobody involved in glory, the spurious reasoning leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the current detectives. With technical proof rudimentary at best and circumstantial evidence minimal, the entire team are left scratching their heads wondering just what how watertight Verhaven's sentences were. Along the way DCI Van Veeteren exposes the media's role in Verhaven's conviction and how public opinion impacted on the cases from both his days as a disgraced athlete to his outsider status in his home town. More significantly, if Verhaven was wrongly convicted of two murders then who is the real killer of the two women and who acted to quickly silence Verhaven? As the media coverage over the course of Verhaven's life is analysed, Van Veeteren comes to think that he may have been condemned in advance of his two trials. Could the rural backwater of Kaustin have been harbouring a double murder all this time? As morale amongst the team flags and they await a stroke of genius from DCI Van Veeteren upon his release from hospital, chief of police Hiller assigns all but his unmanageable chief inspector onto other cases. More at home tending his botanical office than running a police force, Hiller's inability to comprehend irony is a constant source of amusement for readers and the officers he commands. As Van Veeteren formulates his theories he suspects that perhaps Verhaven knew the identity of the murderer and a confrontation has brought a third murder. Beatrice Holden in 1962, Marlene Nietsch in 1981, Leopold Verhaven in 1993.. did the same man murder them all? Given there is nothing that Van Veeteren hates as much as hospitals and things he doesn't understand, his recuperation period sees him issue an ultimatum to satisfactorily resolve a baffling triple murder.Traversing back and forth courtesy of some well placed flashbacks contributes much to the story and has the benefit of inviting readers to make their own judgements and assess the extent to which a person's past and the popular opinion of their peers can prejudice the course of justice. Despite the limited suspense, The Return brings readers closer to the secondary police cast, sees Van Veeteren appraise his life and health after a brush with his own mortality and is a plotting triumph with plenty of opportunity for some memorable Nesser characterisation. The Return is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the people and passions in fifty-seven-year old DCI Van Veeteren's life.

  • Athena
    2019-02-22 09:20

    Ένα ανάλαφρο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα. Διαβάζεται πολύ εύκολα και γρήγορα. Βέβαια ο πρωταγωνιστής δεν νομίζω ότι είναι ολοκληρωμένος. Η γρήγορη ροή της πλοκής δεν σε αφήνει να κατανοήσεις και να συνδεθείς με τους χαρακτήρες. Επίσης, περίμενα ένα διαφορετικό τέλος. Πάντως θα διάβαζα και αλλα βιβλία αυτού του συγγραφέα.

  • Dimitris Passas
    2019-03-16 02:08

    Σαφώς κατώτερο βιβλίο από τα προηγούμενα δύο. Υπέφερε σε πολλά σημεία, ειδικότερα όσον αφορά την πλοκή της ιστορίας, όπως και στο, αδιάφορο και εντελώς επίπεδο, φινάλε. Το σώζει η μοναδική φιγούρα του αρχιεπιθεωρητή Βαν Βέετερεν που εδώ περνάει μια προσωπική περιπέτεια με την υγεία του με αποτέλεσμα να βρίσκεται στο νοσοκομείο και σε διαδικασία ανάρρωσης κατά το πρώτο μισό του βιβλίου. Από την στιγμή που παίρνει εξιτήριο και αναλαμβάνει δράση βέβαια, συνθέτει με επιτυχία τα κομμάτια του πάζλ και εντοπίζει τον ένοχο πρίν από όλους τους συναδέλφους του. Προτιμήστε καλύτερα το ''Mind's Eye'' ή το ''Borkmann's Point'' έαν σας ενδιαφέρει να διαβάσετε Nesser.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-10 08:16

    The Return by Hakan Nesser.Inspector Van Veeteren is scheduled for surgery. A portion of his colon is coming out due to cancer. A body has been found in a wooded area of a small quiet town. A body with no arms, legs or head. Who this person was has the whole dept; perplexed including Van Veeteren. The Inspector starts attempting to organize the pieces of information he's given by Munster while still in recovery after the surgery. Who this victim turns out to be and what became of his life prior to his murder will become one of the most baffling cases in the files of Inspector Van Veeteren to date. An excellent mystery and one that any fan/follower of the Van Veeteren series does not want to miss. The ending was a staggering, mind blowing shock.

  • Eric_W
    2019-02-24 03:04

    For some bizarre reason I started listening to this book while mowing a couple of summers ago and then dropped it and only recently came back to it. Bizarre because it’s it’s a good mystery with some bizarre events glued together by Chief Inspector Van Veetteren, known to his colleagues as “VV.” (When someone calls and asks to speak with a particular inspector on the case but can’t remember the name, he says, “you know, the unpleasant one, the really, really unpleasant one". He is immediately put through to Van Veeteren.”A man is found dead and the only apparent identifying trait (the head, hands and feet had been removed) is that he had but one testicle. It turns out that a man convicted of murdering two wives, Verhaven, years before, had just been released from prison after serving a twenty-four year sentence and fit that description. Whether the man was actually guilty of the murders remains a mystery even though the presiding judge at his trial was absolutely sure he did it. But the man didn’t care whether he was incarcerated or not. And who would want him dead? Or did he know who the real killer might be? And what is the role of the close-knit small community. The story jumps around in time, which perhaps was a bit distracting in an audiobook, but it was enjoyable, nevertheless, but somehow also dissatisfying. VanVeeteren is an interesting character with untapped promise for a series, yet some of the events and conclusions seem improbable at best.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-20 02:31

    Ένα απλό και ξεκάθαρο αστυνομικό, ιδανικό για μένα αυτή την εποχή. Οι χαρακτήρες μου φάνηκαν πολύ καλοί και το τέλος αρκετά ικανοποιητικό. Θα διαβάσω σίγουρα και τα υπόλοιπα του Nesser.

  • Fenia Vazaka
    2019-03-23 05:04

    Αρκετά καλό και ευκολοδιάβαστο. Ο επιθεωρητής Βαν Βέτερεν είναι ο ήρωας που συμπαθείς, αλλά ταυτόχρονα σε εκνευρίζει όσο δεν πάει. Η υπόθεση είναι ενδιαφέρουσα, γιατί συνειδητοποιείς ότι ένας αθώος καταδικάστηκε για 2 φόνους και έζησε την μισή του ζωή στη φυλακή. Και το ακόμη πιο δύσκολο είναι να αποδειχθεί τώρα αυτό και να τιμωρηθεί ο αληθινός ένοχος. Η δικαιοσύνη έρχεται μεν στο τέλος, αλλά με τρόπο απρόσμενο. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι δεν πάει το μυαλό σου για το ποιος μπορεί να το έκανε. Μόνο αρνητικό στοιχείο: ότι ο Βαν Βέτερεν τα καταλαβαίνει όλα αμέσως, χωρίς την βοήθεια κανενός - χάρη σε ευτυχείς συμπτώσεις και μόνο. Και χωρίς να έχει απτές αποδείξεις. Επίσης, ο συγγραφέας πλατειάζει λίγο - κάμποσες σελίδες είναι περιττές για την πλοκή της ιστορίας.

  • William
    2019-03-24 07:11

    This book introduces a concept I've not seen before, "Klimke's Razor". Klimke's Razor is a simple guideline for civilized and intelligent behavior: "you can not demand more of any person you are talking to (in a civilized conversation) than you are prepared to give yourself." Regardless on what is learned, mysteries by Swedish authors should be relished for their own sake.

  • William
    2019-03-21 01:06

    ebook and audio not one minute did this low key detective not provide entertainment and glances into humanity.

  • J.
    2019-03-14 02:18

    Questions, questions, and more questions. A never-ending procession of conversations and interviews and interrogations, every one of them at first glance just as pointless and unproductive as the last, auntil that important detail emerged. Most often when one least expected it. That link, that little unexpected reply . . .That sudden but faintly glowing sign in the darkenss that one couldn't afford to overlook. It was important not to rush past it in this overgrown thicket of irrelevant and tiresome details... This is a first look, for me, into the police detective novels of Håkan Nesser, a Swedish mystery author whose books have been increasingly more available in english translation for some years now. Although pretty basic, we have the pleasure of seeing the Police Procedural done without all the annoying extras: chases, shoot-outs, too little realism, too much episodic-tv chit-chat, too little plausibility, cast to the side in order to sell the heroics involved... etc. Where this book (and presumably series) excels is in the accumulation of telling detail, often psychologically and emotionally-laden detail that allows the reader to sift the ingredients for himself, alongside the detectives. (Where it scores no points is in the thankfully very-occasional philosophical wanderings, an occasion for some truly mind-numbingly undergrad moments, in what might be called raison-debt management. I'm tempted to put this off to the translation, as the rest of the material here is really well constructed.)But best and most central is the main detective here, called Chief Inspector Van Veeteren. It is nice to see a full, egotistical-yet-reasonably-doubtful character in the grand tradition of the Detective profession. One who takes up the helm and stands tall in the job-- but certainly not with posturing or heroics. More like with intuition. Van Veeteren is a bit cranky, doesn't suffer fools or foolishness lightly, and is even still pretty good-humored. Nesser's protagonist is in the Holmes, Poirot, Morse mold-- well ahead of the learning curve as the proceedings move along, but smart enough to know what he doesn't know yet. Can a good central character drive a series ? When the rest of the narrative is engagingly constructed and avoids the familiar pitfalls, yes.

  • Tony
    2019-03-12 08:18

    Nesser, Hakan. THE RETURN. (1995; U.S.-2007). *****. This was the second in the Inspector Van Veeteren mystery series published in the States. This time, Van Veeterren, a crusty, 57-year-old policeman on an urban Swedish force is facing a hospital stay for an operation to remove a portion of his colon. He has cancer. Although the prognosis is good, he is truly upset, though he tries not to show it. Showing it would mean giving up some of his crustiness. Just as he is about to undergo the procedure, he learns of a new case that his men are handling. It seems that a man who had been convicted of two murders had just been released from prison. He had served twenty-four years in jail for the rape/murder of his victims. It seems that no sooner than he had gotten home he disappeared. He was later found – or at least it was presumed to be he – rolled in a rug and hidden in the same part of the forest where his victims were found. It took a while to identify the body because the killer had removed its head, its hands, and its feet. What finally broke the ice and led to the identification was that the torso had only one testicle. There were lots of possible theories about why the ex-con was murdered: perhaps there had been a grudge developed with another inmate while in prison, perhaps it was a gangland thing. Van Veeteren, following the investigation from his hospital bed, believes that the murder was committed by the real murder of the two women, who did so to prevent his being fingered by the ex-prisoner. The man sent to jail for both murders had loudly proclaimed his innocence in both cases, and, our Inspector, who went over the trial documents in both cases, found little hard evidence on which a charge of guilty should have been delivered in either case. When Van Veeteren finally returns to his job, he takes over the investigation with his usual doggedness and sees the case through to the end. Nesser’s novels are unusually well written – or at least that’s what comes through from the translator. This is a novel you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended.

  • Ali
    2019-03-13 06:11

    I've been reading a lot of Scandinavian mystery novels recently (who knew there were enough of them to constitute an actual genre?) but this wasn't one of my favorites.I had a hard time keeping track of all of the people in the book (which wasn't entirely necessary, but distracted me all the same) because none of them really had any characteristics beyond "detective," "witness," "victim." I'm sure this would be easier if I followed the whole series through, though.I also found the jumps from one time period to another to be a bit confusing; this probably tied in with my inability to keep track of the characters. I often had to go back and try to confirm dates, piece together a timeline again, etc.This didn't quite fit the bill as the "vacation reading" that I was looking for, largely because it didn't suck me in and pull me along as much as I expect from books I intend to read on a plane. The story was interesting, but I never really got into it.

  • Gail
    2019-02-22 07:31

    Another fast paced, brilliant thriller from Hakan Nesser and his superb creation, the wonderfully grumpy Van Veeteren.The twists and turns are like a roller coaster ride, just as I have come to expect from this utterly fantastic writer. This book is the third in the series which has been translated into English, but I think there are a few more in the intervening period which haven't, which is a shame really as they haven't really been released in order. No matter though, as these are utter class and I am just about to start reading the fourth, Woman with a Birthmark.I highly recommend this series to anyone who appreciates a great mystery and cannot possibly work out the perpetrator(s) before Van Veeteren. Cracking stuff.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-03 03:17

    Bettie's Books

  • Bill
    2019-03-09 05:17

    I have mixed feelings about this mystery, the 3rd Chief Inspector Van Veeteren mystery. It moved along nicely and I liked the cast of characters. The first part of the book featured the other police inspectors as Van Veeteren is in the hospital after having undergone surgery to remove part of his intestine. He follows the investigation via reports from one of the other inspectors. The book moves back and forth from the present, the investigation, to the past, various time frames, various people, as it ties the three cases together. Van Veeteren takes over the case upon his release from hospital and investigates pretty much on his own then as the remaining police officers are assisgned other tasks. I liked how the story moved along, not sure I like how it's resolved, how Van Veeteren figures out the murderer, but it's a minor detail. Overall, enjoyed my second experience with Nesser's writing. I will probably check out a few more.

  • Beth K.
    2019-03-22 02:22

    The two Van Veeteren mysteries that I've read so far are pretty good. The characters are well developed, the plot unfolds slowly but interestingly, and the settings are well-described. But here's the real reason I read them, and will continue to do so....Irmgaard GellnachtUleczka WillmotKatrina BerenskayaJurg EschenmaaClaus MenhevernAndrea ValgreBert SchmaaJudge HeidelbluumLeopold VerhavenDr. BoegenmutterMaardemGoldenmaarsBlochbergGemejnteLinzhuisenKreugerlaanNeuwe BlattTelegraafAwesome, right?!

  • Stephen Lawton
    2019-03-12 04:19

    Very hard to see past the overt misogyny in this book from the murderer who kills because his wife is unable to have sex with him and other women reject him to the returned innocent prisoner who thinks his various girlfriends want him to beat them. Van Veeteren's treatment of one of the nursing staff as little more than a drinks slave was also very unpalatable.

  • Giorgos Christoforakis
    2019-03-11 05:25

    Δεν υποτίθεται οτι στα αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα θα 'πρεπε να μη μαντεύεις τόσο εύκολα το φιναλε;; (λέω εγώ τώρα...)2 αστεράκια και πολλά του είναι...

  • Betsy
    2019-03-23 04:28

    I picked this up at a flea market or library sale just because it was a mystery by a scandinavian author. It turned out to be pretty good. They mystery was fairly light-weight as these things go - not a lot of complications, sub-plots or red herrings but the writing was witty. The humor was subtle and a bit sarcastic. I will probably look for more by this author.

  • Maria João Fernandes
    2019-03-15 08:04

    "Nem tudo é o que parece."Em "The Return", o terceiro livro da série do sueco Håkan Nesser, o Inspector Van Veeteren prepara-se para ser internado no hospital onde irá ser operado a um cancro nos intestinos, quando um corpo sem mãos, pés e cabeça é encontrado no bosque. Inicialmente, o problema é identificar o cadáver, que esteve enrolado durante mais ou menos 8 meses, num tapete. Depois de conhecido o nome, segue-se a caça ao culpado.É a partir da cama do hospital que Van Veeteren lidera esta investigação, que se revela tudo menos simples. É com ajuda de Münster, e os seus colegas, que tem acesso às gravações das reuniões, pontos de situação e documentos de casos antigos.Neste maravilhoso policial, o nosso inspector está ainda mais mal-humorado e dificil de aturar do que o habitual. O Münster que o diga! À medida que a investigação se desenrola, vamos conhecendo melhor as personagens através das suas interacções e, principalmente reflexões. A solidão de Van Veeteren, divorciado e com dois filhos crescidos e criados, longe de si contrasta com a vida familiar do seu colega e companheiro de badminton. Casado recentemente, vive uma vida de sonho, ao lado de uma mulher que compreende o seu oficio e tudo o que ele implica.A narração do presente é brilhantemente intercalada com flashbacks do passado, de forma a dar a conhecer aspectos relevantes para a investigação actual. É perto da pequena cidade de Behren que tudo acontece e o grupo de policias dos homicídios vê-se envolvido numa comunidade onde todos se conhecem, onde os boatos voam e as pessoas se recusam a revelar as suas verdadeiras suspeitas."There's a time for everything."Van Veeteren segue sempre o seu instinto e é fiel aos valores morais que lhe foram incutidos.E é por esta sua razão de ser que em "The Return" a investigação é resolvida. Porque Van Veeteren acreditou nas suas suspeitas. Porque Van Veeteren não desistiu. Porque para o inspector nenhum assassino deve ser deixado livre, mesmo que o seu primeiro crime remote há mais de 30 anos e não haja qualquer prova substancial. No seu entender a justiça tem de ser feita: se não for pela policia, então ele o fará pelas suas próprias mãos. Ainda que não publicamente ou em segredo, o importante é que o criminoso seja punido.Uma vez mais, o papel do destino e do acaso são destacados: dois aspectos essenciais na vida profissional de Van Veeteren, que seria muito diferente sem os seus efeitos, como ele conscientemente sabe e admite.Neste terceiro livro Van Veeteren não pode jogar badminton devido à necessária recuperação após a operação, mas a sua paixão pelo desporto mantém-se. Joga xadrez, um estímulo à mente e não dispensa, de forma alguma, uma boa cerveja e um cigarro. Mais do que nunca, este pequeno prazer é uma prioridade! O inspector, que tem o enervante vicio de ter constantemente um palito entre dentes, é introspectivo. Eu diria mesmo, meditativo e as suas reflexões e posteriores deduções são simplesmente fascinantes."The Return" é um policial terrivelmente bem escrito, tal como os dois anteriores e, uma vez mais vivi uma experiência de leitura divinal, na companhia do humor sarcástico do escritor. Este tom de humor é nos apresentado sem qualquer mudança de emoção ou linguagem corporal das personagens, que falam numa voz monótona e expressam uma calma imperturbável, uma maldade fingida ou um comportamento grave encenado, ridicularizando o tema em questão. Este humor é, principalmente, típico no duo fantástico: Van Veeteren e o seu eternamente fiel e paciente Münster.Quanto ao desfecho tenho apenas uma coisa a dizer: surpreendente! "The Return" é um pedaço de ficção policial soberbo, onde as camadas do enredo são cuidadosamente dispostas uma sobre a outra. É um livro que ainda me assombra, mesmo após finalizada a leitura."Nothing is permanent; all is transitory, arbitrary, coincidental and obscure."

  • Maddy
    2019-03-03 05:13

    PROTAGONIST: DCI Van VeeterenSETTING: Small seacost town in SwedenSERIES: #2RATING: 4.0Up until recently, the average American mystery reader didn't have the ability to read many non-US mystery books other than those written by authors in the United Kingdom or Canada. The publishing industry has gone in new directions; and it is becoming common to see books from Scandinavia, Iceland and other "exotic" places in the States. Last year, the award-winning book BORKMANN'S POINT by Swedish author Hakan Nesser was released to much acclaim. And it's good news that we are able to continue with the adventures of Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren with the publication of THE RETURN in the US. The only negative aspect of this new interest in authors such as Nesser is that the books tend to be released non-sequentially. So you might not see the first book in a series until much later than the releases of the third or fourth.Set in a small seaside town, THE RETURN focuses on the behavior of the local villagers when part of a corpse—that is, a body without head, hands or feet—is discovered by a group of schoolchildren on a field trip. The investigation shows that the victim is a local farmer named Leopold Verhaven. Verhaven was killed on the day that he left prison after having served two murder sentences. Verhaven was an eccentric and loner and had disassociated himself from the world around him. It's no wonder that there's no one crying for Leopold. In fact, most of the community seems relieved to have him gone.THE RETURN is a standard police procedural with the narrative following multiple police officers as they do their part in searching for the murderer. Normally the lead detective, DCI Van Veeteren is removed from participation early on when he suffers a serious illness which requires surgery. Sad to say, many of his compatriots are relieved that he is out of commission because he can be extremely difficult. Once he's conscious, he attempts to manage the investigation from his hospital bed. Cantankerous and insightful, he goes in different directions than everyone else and soon discovers the truth, at a point when the rest of the department is ready to give up. The question that he needs to face is if he is prepared to take things into his own hands when the law and the institutions fail. How that question is answered and the book resolved is very unique and unexpected. I'm still not sure if I loved it or hated the way things played out! Nonetheless, I do know that I enjoyed the time I spent reading the book. Nesser does a fine job in making each of the large cast of characters an individual with their own quirks and approaches. The plot flows along nicely, with each of the players contributing something valuable to the narrative. The book also had quite a bit of natural humor woven in, which made it much different in tone from the overly serious BORKMANN'S POINT. It's tempting to try to compare Van Veeteren to some of the other Scandinavian police protagonists out there, such as Kurt Wallander (Henning Mankell). However, he is a completely unique individual with a commanding presence all of his own. I very much look forward to continuing this series, hoping that the book that is released next will take up where this one left off.

  • Anna
    2019-03-20 07:09

    I read Borkmann's Point earlier, and thought I'd give inspector Van Veeteren and the series another try. Maybe in Borkmann's Point I just got overly easily annoyed by a number of things (such as these). Well, I gave the inspector and the series another try with the Return, and this book would score equally, around 2.75 stars.What annoyed me in this book was mostly what annoyed me in the previous book. The people felt odd (not like Scandinavian type odd either, I've worked with a bunch of them). Van Veeteren still is a loner and he still has a son in prison. Did I mention I don't like fictional detectives or inspectors whose children are in prison or drug addicts? Oh wait, yes I did mention it for Borkmann's Point. Good. It still itches me. In this one, Van Veeteren annoyed also with his affection to beer (while in hospital for an operation, and when just out of there), and with his rather questionable ... methods and morality. The location for the series is an imaginary "Sweden like place" according to many. It's very little Sweden like, it's much more Van de Wetering's Holland-like. The people seem much more a mix between something like the Dutch and the Danes, and the names are mostly Dutch-inspired gibberish for both people and the places through the series. The imaginary alphabet not only has the umlaut letters äüö but it also uses ae, oe, ue and ø regularly, without any grammatic sense assuming the names were in the same language. (There are enough interesting and exotic places on this planet, just pick one. Or make one up but more like Camilleri's Vigata).In the Return, Van Veeteren and his team investigate a case of a body, or what's left of it (it's missing the head and the limbs). It takes a long time before anyone gets a clue who the body might have belonged to, and then some dark stories emerge from the past. It's hard to mention more without spoiling. When they are set to investigate something that happened a long time ago, there aren't even the usual suspect/victim type roles as strongly here. While they investigate what really happened and who could have killed the man, the investigations seem to move rather slowly and without enough tension.

  • Chip
    2019-03-21 04:27

    Good points: interesting characters abound! Exotic locales (at least it seems that way in this pedestrian backwater I call home)! Several laugh out loud moments when you least expect them.Bad points: the Dutch-to-English translation wasn't all there in a few places... whatever the author wrote didn't make the leap into the new language here and there, but not in a way that detracted from the story at all; I just wish there had been one more English-speaking editor reviewing the copy before it went to print. My biggest peeve with this book was that it told the story of how the mystery was solved without really involving the reader in solving along the way. I suppose I've been spoiled over the years with gleaning the text for clues and formulating my own conjecture, then racing forward through the text to see if I'm right... but in this book there are few clues (two, in hindsight) that indicate what's going on and I found I had to finish the book just to see if the mystery was ever solved. I never had enough to work with to form a hypothesis... and that's probably enough to make me not want to read another book from this author.With that said, this is a good potboiler with fascinating characters and "olde worlde" landscapes that keep the reading interesting, even as you sift madly for any hint as to how it will end. I was not disappointed with the book, just not thrilled with it either. Kind of like a blind date that went well but you just never went out with again...

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-02-24 09:20

    The Return is the second book (at least in the US) by Hakan Nesser, and continues the story of Inspector Van Veeteren, a very wise detective who has pretty much seen it all. As the story opens, the Inspector is in the hospital having surgery. A decapitated torso, also minus its hands and feet, was discovered by a little girl during a pre-school class outing in the woods. There is one telltale piece of physical evidence that may identify the body and it turns out to be a recently-released murderer who's returned to the area. But who killed him? And why? This is what Van Veeteren must discover, trusting the fieldwork to his subordinates while he's laid up at the hospital.This book is more of a psychological thriller rather than a straightforward mystery, and frankly, while it was good, it wasn't as good as Borkmann's Point, the series predecessor. Oh well -- I still enjoyed it a great deal and would gladly recommend it. I would recommend starting with Borkmann's Point -- you get a lot of Van Veeteren's quirkiness laid out at the very beginning in that first series novel. The writing is well done, the characterizations are excellent, and the story is quite good. The book shifts bakwards and forward in time, so be careful. The ending was unexpected; I understood why the author made it so but it is definitely food for thought if you're so inclined.I'd recommend it to people who have read Borkmann's Point, and those who enjoy a mystery set in foreign countries. As noted, it is more psychological than action, but it does tie together well.

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-02-24 06:18

    Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is ill and having surgery, but participates in solving the crime from his hospital bed.A man is found murdered with his head cut off and his arms. the first part of the mystery is finding out who he is. The inspectors believe it is Verhaven - a man convicted of murderer and who had served two separate stretches of twelve years for killing two young women. Verhaven was a loner who was once a record-breaking middle distance runner, but was caught cheating and stripped of his medals. He then lived a reclusive life in a cottage in the woods, but was first convicted of murdering a woman he lived with. He returns home from his second prison term carrying a letter that seemingly has given him a mission. However, some months after his release his decapitated body is found by some school children. Studying the trial transcripts and press cuttings Van Veeteren concludes that the evidence against Verhaven was thin and circumstantial. Was Verhaven innocent? Is it the real killer that has struck again?

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-24 09:23

    Excellente Krimispannung! Wie jeder Nesser sehr gut entwickelte Charaktäre, wunderbare Beschreibungen und diesmal auch sehr viel philosophisches über Vorurteile, Gerechtigkeit, Sühne, Gott etc. Van Veteren ist eigentlich wegen einer Darmkrebsoperation außer Dienst und ermittelt mit einiger Mühsal aus dem Krankenhaus und in der anstrengenden Rekonvaleszenzphase nach erfolgreicher Operation. Ein verurteilter Doppelmörder wird einen Tag nach seiner Haftentlassung ermordet und verstümmelt aufgefunden. Obwohl er seine Unschuld immer beteuert hat, und die Beweise sehr dürftig waren, haben ihn Richter, Geschworene, Polizei, Presse und sein Heimatdorf eindeutig als Mörder abgestempelt. Haben sich alle geirrt? Nur Van Veteren versucht dieses kollektive menschliche Versagen mit Nachdruck aufzuklären und setzt sich wie ein Bluthund auf die Fährte.Das Finale des Krimis ist einzigartig!

  • Pamela
    2019-03-10 03:18

    Hakan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren has something in common with P.D. James' Inspector Adam Dalgleish: neither is fully a team player - either with their fictional colleagues or their non-fictional audience. They both solve crimes with flashes of intuitive insight and/or secretive deductive reasoning that is never explained to their colleagues or shared with us, the readers (who would surely like to be able to figure out whodunnit themselves?) until the suspect has been nabbed. The things they don't have in common are: a) respect for the justice system and adherence to protocol: Dalgleish has it in spades, Van Veeteren sniffs out corruption within and veers off onto his own extra-legal path of retribution, and b) personality: Dalgleish is uber-urbane, sensitive, a master of nuance and social etiquette, Van Veeteren is a boorish bully and dishonest, even criminal.

  • Tahmeena
    2019-03-02 07:03

    Very nice, slow-burning novel! I find myself liking Van Vetereen more and more with each book! His inner reflections are very profound but not smug or tedious! He is cranky, funny, and super sharp...a very likable fellow indeed! And he also has an abundance of empathy for misunderstood characters, which he doesn't even realize that he has, making him even more awesome! :-)The plot was interesting with Verhaven being a pretty fascinating character study! I would have liked a bit more insight into his character!The only "negative" comment I have about this series is the lack of a good female character! The books are not new so that might explain why almost all the police officers are male! A shame!

  • Susan
    2019-03-09 05:24

    The mystery itself--a twice-convicted murderer is killed shortly after being released from prison--was solid, but the translation was choppy. Or perhaps it wasn't the translation, but the author's writing style I found to be disconcerting. It often seemed as if relevant paragraphs or clauses in sentences were missing, which caused me to go back and re-read earlier pages to see if I had missed something. I do have some affection for the chief detective, van Veeteren, who wrestles with a heavy-duty moral dilemma in order to see this case to a conclusion that he finds satisfactory. All things considered, I might be willing to give Hakan Nesser another chance.

  • Amit Tiwary
    2019-03-02 03:23

    Scandinavian crime writers are top of their genre. Brilliant Jo Nesbo, equally brilliant Henning Mankell, and Maestro Hakan Nesser. Fast faced crime fictions and great characterization. Harry Hole/Kurt Wallander/Van Veeteren. All are extremely likable characters. This particular book is a good read but did it really sound that brilliant like Mind's Eye or Borkmann's point? Probably not. It is bit wordy, drags here and there, and too much back and forth between past and present. Did it loose out due to translation? May be. Still a good crime fictional story, may be good (but not top end) investigation, and befitting conclusion.