Borkmann's Point

Borkmann's Point

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2006
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An ex--con is brutally murdered with an ax in Kaalbringen. Then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also the victim of a violent attack. There appears to be a serial killer on the loose, and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help the local police. In his storied career he has only left one case unsolved, but he's never before faced an ax murderer. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds that there is almost nothing to go on; nothing links the two victims. But then there's another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing--perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth. . . . In this riveting novel, full of fascinating, quirky characters and deep motives, Håkan Nesser introduces American readers to a detective who is already beloved by his European readership, as he spins a story that leaves even the most veteran crime--novel readers chilled.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2006]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780375421969
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-2015
Alternative Title: Borkmanns punkt. English


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Dec 11, 2015

The idea is good. Unfortunately it bogs down in futilities. It's as if the author had only one good conclusion to his book and the prior some 250 pages were just filler that had nothing to do with the murders. There's no twists or chase or anything that could give us some thrills. And the conclusion is very anticlimactic. This book is not dark or fill with mysteries. It's just rather dull. We would have wished for a fireworks ending. All we got was a wet firecracker that didn't even raise my drooping sleepy eyes.

Dec 03, 2015

Not the best of the Nordic translations, VERY slow moving and Van Veeteren comes across as a self-involved smug detective rather than a genius, but the setting is good and the other detectives are interesting.

Mar 08, 2014

Thank you to CB2295 for some background info. I selected this author after reading your comment and am glad I did. This book's title becomes explained towards end of story and turns out to be a fitting turn of phrase. Really enjoyed it and will read more from this author.

May 05, 2012

I love the Swedish mystery writers. This one stands above them all. couldn`t put the book down and can`t wait to read some more.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #2 in the Inspector Van Veeteren series of ten books, the last three of which have not been translated into English as at early 2012 (as have none so far of the author’s subsequent Inspector Barbarotti series); this is a very good book of a quality matching Sweden’s Sjöwall/Wahlöö writing team from the 1960s; this second book in the series makes the background of the main character a lot clearer than the first book did and provides some useful detail about his non-police life which was a bit unclear in the first book; I look forward to reading more in the series, which appears to be set in the Netherlands more than anywhere else and thus offers a more coherent national character this time round that actually contributes to good atmospherics in the story

mayfairlady Sep 29, 2011

Interesting personality and location for a mystery.

Aug 14, 2011

I really enjoyed the philosophical musing of the detective inspector, along with the mystery. My only quibble was keeping track of characters on occasion--perhaps I just don't remember Scandinavian names well.

akarenina Jun 22, 2011

I read this thinking that it was the first book in the series, which didn't make too much difference in the long run. I found it rather confusing--Nesser doesn't provide enough clues for the reader to come to an educated guess as to the murder


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