Author(s): Hakan Nesser
Borkmann's rule was hardly a rule; in fact, it was more of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases ...In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don't really need any more information. When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing more than some decent thinking. Two men are brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, bored on holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the local authorities. The local police chief, just days away from retirement, is determined to wrap things up before he goes. But there is no clear link between the victims. Then one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a brilliant young female detective, goes missing -- perhaps she has reached Borkmann's Point before anyone else ...
The third novel in the internationally acclaimed Inspector Van Veeteren series
"Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin." --"The New York Times
" "The [murderer's] identity comes as a terrific surprise. [Nesser] knows how to write great endings."-"Toronto Star"
"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"
"The novel's prime asset is the mordant clarity of Nesser's voice. Its understatement is a pleasure in itself, as investigations pause for Van Veeteren to finish his beer, and a poker-faced wit informs the characterization....the novel delivers enough peppery asides on the ageing process and the passage of time to demonstrate a bleakly perceptive intelligence." -- "Times Literary Supplement
""Nesser spends as much time with his characters as with the mystery... creating an absorbing tale with an unexpected ending."
--"The Sunday Telegraph" (UK)
"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."
""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."
Praise for "Borkmann's Point" and Hakan Nesser:
"This is definitely one of the better books to be recently published in the crime genre."
"Original, and with a profound underlying humanity."
"Nesser writes dramatic murder mysteries that rouse the imagination."
--"Nordvastra Skanes Tidningar" (Sweden)
"Nesser is one of our most famous crime writers -- but so far only in Sweden. This must change, however, because hardly anyone else in the world tells crime stories in such a unique way."
"Nesser belongs to today's elite in crime fiction writing. His work is of the highest quality. Hurry to the bookstore!"
--"Svenska Dagbladet" (Sweden)
"Nesser has a keen grasp of the art of spinning many narrative threads into a shocking resolution. This finesse and control results in perfectly accomplished crime novels."
Praise from Sweden for The Van Veeteren Crime Novels:
"There is a new star in the crime-writing galaxy. A stylish and enjoyable novel . . . spiced with an understated sense of humor."
"With Van Veeteren, Nesser has created a character who has the making of a classic."
"Nesser has a keen and complete grasp of the art of spinning many threads, pulling them together in a thrilling way and bringing them to a shocking solution. This sense of finesse and control leads to absolutely accomplished crime novels."
"From the Hardcover edition."
Hakan Nesser was born in 1950 and is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring commissioner Van Veeteren. He started writing while working as a teacher. Hakan Nesser lives in Uppsala with his wife and two sons.