Synopses & Reviews
A secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation as one of their young members, a girl on the cusp of puberty, is found dead in the forest, brutally raped and strangled. Adopting to remain silent over the incident rather than defend themselves, the members of The Pure Lifeled by their intelligent but perturbing messiah figure, Oscar Yellinecksimultaneously anger and mystify Van Veeteren and the other detectives on the case. Whats more, the girls murder was tipped off by an unidentified woman, whose role becomes doubly perplexing as a string of increasingly horrifying new crimes defies everything the police thought they knew about the case and its sequence of events.
“Nessers morose cop . . . tackles a murder investigation as if it were a knotty chess problem. . . . Theres much to be said for a quiet man with a good mind.”
—The New York Times Literary Review
“The nuanced humanity and wit of this elegantly penned mystery . . . visits the darkness with appropriate gravity but doesnt wallow in it—all the while managing to entertain.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer Guardian Review
“The fashion for imported crime fiction is still booming with the Swede Håkan Nesser one of its most successful models.”
—Literary Review The Independent
“A satisfying novel from a rising Swedish star . . . Van Veeteren [the detective], disengaged, thinking of retirement and wonderfully enigmatic, makes an enjoyable change from all those fictional police men who persist in taking their work home with disastrous consequences, and the slow pace—theres more introspection here than action—results in an intense read.”
—Guardian Review The Spectator
“The atmosphere of the small town, the mysterious fringes of the forest full of aspens and blueberries, are evocatively drawn. So is that particular contribution of Sweden to crime fiction: the contrast between . . . the light summer nights and metaphorical darkness . . . The clarity of Nessers vision, the inner problems of good and evil with which Van Veeteren struggles, recall the films of Bergman.”
—The Independent Metro Crime Books of the Year
“The novel is as much about his [Detective Van Veeteran] thought processes and private pleasures as it is about a murder enquiry. The result is wry, thought provoking and often surprisingly funny.”
“Håkan Nessers The Inspector And Silence (Mantle) has a pervading sense of calm and introspection thanks to its protagonist, Ch Insp Van Veeteren, nearing retirement and more interested in his next glass of wine than exhausting himself on a case. Hes tested, though, when members of a religious sect refuse to help as their young female initiates start being picked off by a rapist and murderer. Nesser works the slow pace skillfully and Van Veeteren is an appealing companion.”
—Metro Crime Books of the Year
One of Swedens hottest detective series available for the first time on audio in US. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren of Maardam is divorced, grumpy, and cynical, and his love of dark beer, books, and chess is probably greater than his love for his job. But his intuition and ability to read people have made him a highly successful detective.
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.