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Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
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Apr 16, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: novels, in-translation, detective-series, mystery-and-suspense, nordic
Read in April, 2011

Nesser is a great psychologist. Mind's Eye kicks off with the murder of a young teacher. Her husband denies responsibility, saying he has no memory of what happened, which (predictably) doesn't do him much good in court. After his conviction, he's murdered in custody, and Van Veeteren sets about trying to find out what really happened. The detective's often sour and unpleasant character - a blurb on the back of the book compares him to Dr. House - plays better when he's with his regular team, and he has the investigative skills to back up his arrogance. Nesser plays the same tricks with point of view, but to a lesser extent. They still don't work. When he made the odd choice of spending a few pages with an extraneous victim just before her death, I skimmed and forgave. He hadn't given too much away. This may be a mixed review, but Van Veeteren seems like one worth following. I'll be starting The Return once I log off. Let's hope Nesser doesn't give too much away this time.

This review excerpted from my evaluation of the first two Van Veeteren mysteries: http://www.whatbookshouldireadtoday.c...

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