The Inspector and Silence
It’s a sweltering summer in Sweden and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp, brutally raped and strangled; the discovery of her body has been phoned in by an anonymous caller....more
"VV" as many of his fellow detectives refer to him, is again considering retirement from the police force, but this time with an actual plan in place. Meanwhile, he is embroiled in an investigation into the murder(s) of adolescent girls who are part of a minor religious sect.
I bought this book at a local book sale, so I had zero expectations going in. I’m not disappointed in the low rating because I hadn’t heard of the book until I bought it a few weeks back.
The Inspector and Silence tells the story of Inspector Van Veeteren, a Swedish detective, as he tries to solve a case involving the Pure Life — a religious cult. Unbeknownst to me when I bought it, this book is number five out of ten in a seri/>The ...more
When I began reading “The Inspector and silence” which is incidentally the fifth in a series of ten books to be released in the UK, I wasn’t quite sure what to expec ...more
SETTING: Fictional country resembling Sweden
SERIES: #5 of 10
Inspector Van Veeterren is at a crossroads. Personally, things are less than satisfactory. After a failed marriage, he feels the stirrings of desire to embark on a new relationship, something that will bring him to life again. Professionally, he is feeling worn out and mulling retirement after 35 years on the job. He has found himself tempted by a “for hire” sig ...more
The Inspector and Silence
The Silence of Gloom, March 21, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Inspector and Silence: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (Hardcover)
This is the 5th book in the Chief Inspector Van Veeteren series which I have read. This appeared to me to be the heaviest of emotions displayed by the author in the characters.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is seriously considering and even planning on his retirement from the Swedish Po ...more
I also was unimpressed with character development...I couldn't keep some of the lesser important police detectives straight and they served no purpose other than to remind me that Van Veeteren would solve this because that's what he did...
Perhaps if I'd read other Nesser novels i might have ...more
This is the second book I’ve read of Nesser’ Stockholm detectives, and of course I’ve read them out of order, In this one Chief Inspector Van Veerteren is still in power, but he has split from his wife, who still tries to pressure him to come to family vacations, and he is dreaming of a vacation in Crete, and he might accidentally meet a women, he met in an investigation with brunette hair. An acting chief inspector, Klunge, in a rural area, Sorbinowo, has Van Veerteren’s name, from a chance enc ...more
In this story the Inspector is fed up with his job and his ex wifes manipulations and in a hot Summer he contemplates a solo summer holiday to Greece and packing his job in for taking over a second hand bookshop (my ideal if I win the lottery). However he is seconded to help a temporary police chief in an ...more
Right from the start there were too many characters introduced which weren’t dissimilar enough to differentiate.
The discussion between the characters and the narrative kept stopping, as in a question was asked and there was no answer and the narrative jumped somewhere else. I wasn’t sure if this was style, choppy editing or bad translation, but ...more
Håkan Nesser was born and grew up in Kumla, and has lived most of his adult life in Uppsala. His first ...more