Synopses & Reviews
For Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retiree living with his wife in a small unit in an unassuming block of apartments, the day couldnt begin more auspiciously. He, along with three friends, have won the lottery. Its a modest but healthy sum of money and the old men toast to their good luck with a celebratory dinner at their usual haunt. The day ends, however, with Leverkuhn drunk, stumbling, belligerent, and eventually dead in his bed, stabbed twenty-eight times in the chest with a carving knife. After a cursory investigation on Leverkuhns few friends and irritable family members that leads to more questions than answers, Leverkuhns quiet, weary wife incredibly confesses to her husbands murder. The case seems to have solved itself, but when the Leverkuhns formidable neighbor, Else Van Eck, goes missing and is later discovered in gruesome fashion, Detective Münster and his team find themselves back in the fog and chasing after whisps of clues that indicate that the murders are inextricably linked.
“Münster is dealing with murders, colleagues of varying temperaments, his own ‘iffy’ marriage, and a general feeling of burnout. Yet Vances narration also conveys Münsters essential strength and self-awareness. Furthermore, he captures the key personality traits of the other characters in the book and delivers the books dark humor without a fumble.”
AudioFile Publishers Weekly
“Sure to be a hit with fans of Scandinavian suspense, as well as those who enjoy a first-rate police procedural.”
BookPage Kirkus Reviews
“Gallows humor punctuates the solid plot as Münsters introspective musings lead to a surprising ending.”
Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]
“The mystery, like the detection, manages to be both routine and gripping.”
Detective Münster—Van Veeterens longtime sidekick—takes center stage in this intensely suspenseful crime novel.
About the Author
HÅKAN NESSER was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers Academy Prize for new authors for Minds Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nåtet); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmanns Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandanavias Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and London.SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.