Vintage, 2007 (2006)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
(translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson) is a riveting, suspenseful story told with the finesse of a chess player. Hakan Nesser, an internationally bestselling author, weaves a tale of murder that boggles the mind.
hree men have two things in common. They have all returned to the village of Kaalbrigen after years away in foreign climes. And all three were almost decapitated. It's up to Chief Inspector Van Veeteren to find the killer, with the force already on the scene. Chief of Police Bausen introduces him to the area, to fine wine, and to a brilliant chess match.
is crime writing at its best – with not an unnecessary word and a tightly conceived plot that keeps the reader turning pages as fast as they can be ingested. The characters come to life on the pages. Kaalbrigen – other than seeming to have attracted a killer – could be on a traveler's
list. And the conclusion of this compelling book is a real stunner.
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