Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Håkan Nesser

Over the last few years a flood of translated books have given readers across the US a new view of foreign life and political perspectives, a view vastly different from the pictures offered by the vacation guides and travel brochures. Håkan Nesser is such an author.
Awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for his novel The Wide-Meshed Net; Nesser received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann's Point and in 1996 for Woman with a Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole.

Internationally bestselling author Häkan Nesser made his U.S. debut with a riveting tale of murder, Borkmanns Point .

“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.” —The New York Times

Reviews: “You don’t want it to end. . . . Borkmann’s Point is that rarity, a leisurely read that nevertheless keeps you on the edge of your seat. . . . A pleasure.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Another good Swedish writer emerges, an old hand, garlanded with his country’s prizes, but only now translated into English.”
—The Times (UK)

“International bestseller Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this classy and rewarding whodunit, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994…Thompson's smooth translation makes this worthy mystery readily accessible to American readers.”
—Publishers Weekly

“No reader of hard-boiled crime fiction should miss the Scandinavians, and Nesser immediately vaults to near-Mankell status. Let's hope Borkmann's Point, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Best Novel Award for 1994, is only the first of a steady stream of Nesser imports.”
—Booklist (starred review)

This month the series continues with The Return and Hakan Nesser will be here to sign them.

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.

On a rainy April day, a body—or what is left of it—is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands

From Publishers Weekly - The Return is a contemporary police procedural, set in his Swedish homeland, is an excellent puzzler that will remind many of the Inspector Morse series.

The series continues with the June publication of The Mind’s Eye

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