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The return : an Inspector van Veeteren mystery
Hakan Nesser
Adult Fiction NESSER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Nesser's latest contemporary police procedural, set in his Swedish homeland, is an excellent puzzler that will remind many of the Inspector Morse series. Nesser's sleuth, Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, is on the eve of major surgery when a baffling murder case is dumped on his team; a mutilated corpse has been found in a ditch, and is eventually identified as that of Leopold Verhaven, a recently released double murderer. Verhaven's crimes were odd ones--vicious attacks on women decades apart--and his own killing raises the spectre that he was not guilty of them. Van Veeteren and his squad deftly delve through decades of faded eyewitness recollections before reaching a satisfying solution, albeit one that requires the inspector to cross a line to achieve justice. The sardonic Van Veeteren is an enteratining lead character, and this book should lead many to seek out earlier entries in the series. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

In the second U.S. release by the Scandinavian Crime Society's Glass Key Award winner, the Swedish chief inspector unravels a perfect murder when an ex-con is killed 24 years after the crime. Six-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Has done police work for 30 years; loves fine food and drink; recovering from cancer surgery; investigating the murder of a recently released double murderer.
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