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Return by Håkan Nesser
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Jul 23, 11

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in July, 2011

The Return, by Haken Nesser, A-minus, Narrated by Simon Vance, produced by Highbridge Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch.
The body has no hands, feet, or head. This prolongs the period of time that it takes to identify the body, but finally he is identified as a man who served two sentences for murdering two different women. He apparently was killed on the day he left prison. The police must figure out why he was killed. Was it a revenge killing for the women he already had murdered? Or, more troubling, was he innocent of those killings, and was he killed in order to keep him from revealing the real killer? And who then is the real killer? From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that remain, working primarily by himself while still on sick leave because the chief of police considers that too many resources have already been used with no answer. He would prefer to leave the case closed and not to contemplate the possibility that the man who served two sentences and who now was murdered, was innocent of both crimes from the beginning.

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