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Borkmann's Point (Inspector Van Veeteren #2)

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Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help local Kaalbringen police find a possible serial killer after two seemingly unrelated and brutal killings. An ex-con and a real estate mogul are victims of separate deadly attacks with an ax. In his storied career, Van Veeteren has left only one case unsolved, but has never before faced an ax murderer. Details collected of t ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Pan (first published 1994)
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May 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An axe murderer.

Swedish writer Hakan Nesser’s second Inspector Van Veeteren is about, no kidding, an axe murderer. In Nesser’s fictional Maardam (which is somewhere in Northern Europe) Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is on holiday in the coastal village of Kaalbringen (also a fictional town) when he is asked to assist the local law enforcement with tracking down the killer of two local men. The men had been almost decapitated and left to be found, having been struck from behind with what
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesser, Hakan. BORKMANN’S POINT. (1994; Eng. trans. 2006). ****. Here’s an early Inspector Van Veeteren mystery that I could swear I’d read before, but I’m at an age where nothing much would surprise me. Van Veeteren is very much like a Swedish Poirot; he uses his little gray cells to his benefit to solve crimes. The crimes in this tale are particularly gruesome – there’s an axe murderer loose in Kaalbringen. The local force is small, and they request help from Stockholm. Bring on Van Veeteren! ...more
Description: Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann’s Point unfolds like ...more
Nancy Oakes
Borkmann's Point: "the point beyond which we really don't 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. " And it is precisely at this point that Inspector Van Veeteren begins to focus on the identity of the Axman, so called because of his propensity to commit murder with an axe. The inhabitants of the small Swedish town of Kaalbringen have become paralyzed with fear after the third murder, and it ...more
Anastasia Ts.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι από τα πρώτα βιβλία του Νέσσερ που διάβασα. Μου άρεσε, είχε αργή πλοκή σε κάποια σημεία που πιστεύω ότι ήταν απαραίτητα για την εξέλιξη της πλοκής. Η σκιαγράφηση των προσώπων έγινε με μέτρο δίνοντας τα απαραίτητα στοιχεία στον αναγνώστη για να σχηματίσει μια εικόνα των ηρώων χωρίς να φτάσει στην λύση από τα πρώτα κεφάλαια. Η περιγραφή των τοπίων και των μερών ήταν λιτή, ωστόσο ένιωθες τον σκοτάδι και την μυρωδιά της θάλασσας, την μυρωδιά του χώματος κατά έναν περίεργο τρόπο. Ο λόγος που δε ...more
Dimitris Passas
Ύστερα από την θετικότατη εντύπωση που μου άφησε το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς με κεντρικό ήρωα τον Van Veeteren (''Mind's Eye''), προχώρησα άμεσα στην ανάγνωση του ''Borkmann's Point'' (δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς V.V) και δεν μετάνιωσα για την επιλογή μου. Ο ιδιόρρυθμος και γκρινιάρης αρχιεπιθεώρητής Van Veeteren καλείται να διαλευκάνει μια υπόθεση που συγκλονίζει μια μικρή επαρχιακή πόλη και έχει να κάνει με μια σειρά άγριων δολοφονιων, όπου ο δράστης κατακρεουργεί τα θύματά του με την χρήση ενός ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli-nordici, ebook
I gialli svedesi di Nesser mi piacciono, per l’umanità e la comprensione con cui i personaggi sono tratteggiati –che ricordano il Maigret di Simenon-, per la tensione non esagerata ma continuata che ti spinge ad andare avanti nella lettura, per la soluzione del caso che arriva inaspettata, anche se solo una lettrice distratta come me non si è accorta di chi potesse essere il sospettato dell’assassinio di tre uomini, il “Tagliateste”, che con un’accetta lasciata sul luogo dell’ultimo delitto ha ...more
It read easily but without flair. Too much padding in attempt to prolong little bursts of weak suspense. Too much extraneous detail about various characters' interior lives which was completely irrelevant to the story, without the saving grace of providing a different perspective into the human condition. This seems to be a common pitfall in this genre. Enjoyed the short snippets of the villain's POV. Other than the names, it felt generic.
Mark Stevens
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borkmann is an old cop, one of the few that Chief Inspector Van Veeteren respects. Van Veeteren is thinking about Borkmann while he’s sitting in the tub, three bottles of brown ale in a bucket of cold water on the floor “and a dish of fat olives within easy reach.”

In every investigation, Borkmann 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 thi
Maria João Fernandes
Segundo Borkmann, todas as investigações atingem um ponto em que já foi reunida informação suficiente para resolver o crime com nada mais do que o simples pensamento lógico. Cabe ao responsável pelo caso saber quando este ponto é atingido.

E é isto que distingue um bom de um mau policia. Um mau policia continuará a reunir informação que, na pior das situações, irá prejudicar a resolução do mistério. Será Van Veeteren um bom ou mau policia?

O livro "Borkmann's Point" é o segundo livro da série do
After a very good "Mind's Eye", I found this book slightly disappointing. The plot felt slow at times, which was pretty frustrating. However, that might be exactly what the author intended: the reader to become as frustrated as the investigative team with the lack of progress in solving the crime! If so, he was successful!

Having said that, this book had more good qualities than bad. The mystery was interesting enough...the "bad guy" was literally an axe murderer! The conclusion was somewhat surp
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There will be absolutely no hint of spoilers in Nesser reviews from me! I found Nesser books after running out of Karin Fossum books to read. Nesser's writing is excellent and does an unbelievable job at sucking the reader in to the twisted story being laid out. For some reason, in the majority of Scandanavian mystery writers I have found, their ability to do that is second to no other countries mystery writers. The only thing I am not happy about with Nesser's books is that it takes WAY too lon ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the pace and characters. Van Veeteren is growing on me.
The basic premise is this: Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren of the (imaginary) city of Maarsdam is vacationing in the nearby seaside town Kaalbringen. Although he’s scheduled to go back to work, he’s recruited to stay in town and join forces with the local Kaalbringen police after a man murdered with an ax is discovered. Shortly after, there is another murder—similar in method, although the victims have nothing apparent in common. While he quickly bonds with the members of the Kaalbringen ...more
Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borkmann's Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery is a Swedish import by Hakan Nesser. Borkmann's point refers to an axiom provided to Inspector Van Veeteren. Basically, the point is that in an investigation, there comes a time when there is enough information gathered to solve the crime. More information is useless and less information is not enough.

The gist of this novel is about an axe murderer who has killed three men by chopping off their heads. This serial killer is on the loose in the s
Amid the rich spectrum of dark and quirky Scandanavian detective fiction, this Swedish author doesn�t strike me as the cream of the crop. Yet his lead detective does have his charms. Along the lines of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Van Veeteren believes in thinking his way to the solution of crime more than rigorous procedural efforts. He never seems to miss much sleep, taking a good meal or a walk, or even put off a good chess match in the midst of a serial murder case. In this tale, he is called ...more
Rachelle Urist
I liked it. Didn't love it, but found it engaging and even engrossing enough to read it through. The book is notable for its complex story and cliff-hanger section endings. Those, not the characters, drive the reader on. The characters are interesting enough, and I liked the lone investigator, Van Veeteren. The ending, too, tied the various plot lines up tidily - and with satisfying surprise. I'll probably read more Hakan Nesser, but I'm going through a pile of Scandinavian mystery writers, and ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mein Fazit:
Man kann dieses Buch lesen. Streckenweise ist man wohl etwas gelangweilt, und so richtig gefesselt ist man nicht wirklich. Man hat nichts verpasst, wenn man das Buch nicht liest. Trotzdem habe ich das Buch irgendwie gern gelesen. Vielleicht ist dieses Buch als Band 3 einer Reihe unglücklich als Quereinstieg gewählt, und es macht im Gesamten mehr Sinn.

Die ausführliche Rezension und den Skandal um die falschen Versprechungen auf der Rückseite des Buches gibts auf meinem Blog:
Deale Hutton
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the Van Veerteren series I've read. Really good. I love Swedish crime fiction, there is just nothing like it--dark, melancholy and just graphic enough, not overboard. IMO Swedish crime authors have the best character development, and Hakan Nesser is no exception; you know each character while fereting out the murderer. I had a confusing number of suspects like the investigators, and I started to realize 'who done it' about the same time as Van Veerteren, There is a moral component t ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Started off quite interesting then started to meander and plod. Seemed to me that Inspector Van Veeteren (view spoiler).

As I got hold of the next book in this series before reading this one, I will persist and read it to see if they get more interesting.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
A little slow for me but well crafted with developed characters and a solid mystery. Not a lot of atmosphere though - it could have been happening in any part of the world. The translation was first rate - Ive read a few by similar authors such as Mankell where the translation is just a little bit off.
Dylan Edwards
Slow paced but dark procedural crime novel ..
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to try a Swedish detective new to me, and it did not hurt at all that I did not read the first since this second book of the series is a continuation of attempt to find "the ax murderer."
The pacing was deliberate and somewhat sluggish allowing for thoughts to be shared with the reader. I suppose I prefer action and deduction without getting into trivial thoughts. The action in this book could have been off the charts what with three murders by ax. But we have: "Van Veeteren removed his toot
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read that flowed quickly with no let downs or super events.
The second in the series was better, at least to me. I still wouldn't have figured it out myself. An axe murdered is at large in a middling size sea town. The police are stumped. Van Veeteren is sent in to try to figure it out. How are the victims connected?
Roderick Hart
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This excellent crime novel falls within the sub-genre of police procedural. The author may have been influenced by the Martin Beck series of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. We have the same interest in police procedure evidenced, for example, by the painstaking efforts of Inspector Kropke with his pins of many colours stuck into a map, the quoting verbatim of an interview as dialogue in transcript form, and van Veeteren’s habit of chewing on a tooth-pick lifted from the same habit of the Malmö detec ...more
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
BORKMANN'S POINT is the second book in the Inspector Van Veeteren series, but the only one currently available in English. Nesser lives in Sweden and has set his book in a fictitious small Scandinavian town.

An ex-con is murdered by a blow from a very unusual, extremely sharp instrument. Soon a real-estate mogul is killed in the same way seemingly with the same weapon. Van Veeteren, who was holidaying on the coast nearby, is stopped from returning home and sent to help the local under-experienced
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carolyn (in SC) C234D Lattanzio
Recommended to Amy by: nancy oakes
Kind of a funny thing about this book. I read a review by a friend and put it on my wish list, then forgot about it.

Two years later, I found a copy of Borkmann's Point at the local Goodwill and grabbed it up, confusing Nesser's Van Veeteren with the mystery writer Janwillem Lincoln van de Wetering, and his wonderful series of books starring Grijpstra and de Gier, a pair of Amsterdam police officers. The book was snagged by my darling husband, who is a huge fan of Scandinavian mystery writers. He
Jon Frum
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this book is rated so highly at this site. During the Golden Age of mystery writing, a group of writers famously came up with a list of absolute "don'ts" for writers. This book comes as close as you possibly can to violating one of the most important rules without precisely doing it. And the fact that it involves the identity of the murderer means that the reader has to get to the last pages before being disappointed. Some books are better than others, and some flaws can be passe ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, and now I want to read more Inspector Van Veeteren mysteries by Hakan Nesser. An axmurderer? How cliche, right. Think again. This mystery is smart, post-modern, and defintely worth your time. Excellent character development, intriguing and economical narrative with just the right amount of philosophical musings.

Borkmann's point was an insight given to Inspector Van Veeteren by his superior early in Van Veetern's career, "In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a po
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Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful crime fiction novels. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages.

Håkan Nesser was born and grew up in Kumla, and has lived most of his adult life in Uppsala. His first novel was p
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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Van Veeteren (10 books)
  • Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren #1)
  • The Return (Inspector Van Veeteren #3)
  • Woman with Birthmark (Inspector Van Veeteren #4)
  • The Inspector and Silence (Inspector Van Veeteren #5)
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