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Der Tote vom Strand.

(Inspector Van Veeteren #8)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Die junge Kriminalinspektorin Ewa Moreno plant mit ihrem neuen Freund einen Urlaub in einem südschwedischen Seebad. Dort soll sie außerdem eine Vernehmung leiten, da ein lang gesuchter Verbrecher darauf besteht, nur mit ihr zu sprechen. Nicht nur das Geheimnis, das dieser ihr verrät, bringt ihr Leben in der Folge gehörig durcheinander: Auf dem Weg zum Urlaubsort trifft sie ...more
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Published May 31st 2004 by Btb (first published 2000)
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Ellen
The Weeping Girl by Hakan Nesser.

This author despite Chief Inspector Van Veeteren retirement has produced a story that only a master story teller could write.
Ewa Moreno is caught up in a murder case from 1983. A teacher was accused and found guilty of murdering one of his students after she informed him of her pregnancy. Just 16 years old at the time of her death the trial was an open & shut case with the murderer put away for possible insanity.

Ewa Moreno is on a tra
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Charlene Intriago
I like this writer - as evidenced by the number of his books I have read - and this story line is a 4 star but the translation leaves a lot to be desired - so I can only give that part of it 2 stars. At least for me, something is definitely "lost in translation". However, the first chapter of this book sucked me in with the sentence "Winnie Maas died because she changed her mind." And, of course, I had to find out why.

Inspector Van Veeteren has retired. His protege Ewa Moreno is on h
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Renita D'Silva
Thrilling and intense, suspenseful and unputdownable. Loved it.
Richard
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another cracking book from the clever imagination of this wonderful author. All set in this made up world of Maardam, in Country that is a cross between the lands of Scandinavia and mix of Holland and Germany.
This is a delicious whodunit wrapped up in a deadly mystery.A man is found guilty of murdering a teenage girl he'd got pregnant. He was found at the scene of the crime but his mind snapped and was placed in a psychiatric hospital deemed quite mad.
His wife and 2 year old daughter
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Sarah
Aug 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read. Perhaps it was the translation, but all the dialogue comes across as painfully clunky. I was constantly asking myself "Who talks like this? Even to themselves?"

The plot was very thin. There was no character development. There were numerous lines of sub-plot which amounted to absolutely nothing and added zero to the overall story line.

The solution to the mystery not explained at all - in the last 20 pages of the book everyone just seemed to go
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Imbtsman
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been reading this set of books in series and found them pleasant but unchallenging. I think that this is the worst to date. It began brightly enough but slowed gradually to a real plod. The "reveals" were very disappointing and based on, well, nothing really. This was end of the line for VV as Moreno is the main detective. I quite liked her but think this could be the end of the line for me too with this series. There's much better stuff out there Oh, another point, the typing is double spa ...more
Daniele
Jan 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. The story line is so vague and there is absolutely no character development. The book has almost no climax at the end and basically the main character had nothing to do with the unfolding of events.
Lukasz Pruski
I am unable to understand - probably because of my fuzzy geezer brain - why people would want to read a 500-page book if its contents could be easily packed in 200 pages. Absolute majority of crime novels are about 400-500 pages long, and only selected few of them need that much volume. I figure the length of a crime novel must be dictated by business reasons rather than by the author or by complexity of the plot and thus a typical crime novel is heavily padded to reach what I believe is the con ...more
Stephanie Hutabarat
Love the story, even tough I am regret that I am not reading from it 1st series. Anyway, this is my 1st book from Swedish's author that i read. Love the author way to write it in really nice plot. The main's characters behavior make me intrique to know more. 3 🌟🌟🌟 for this
Amit Tiwary
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Super. The best part of the books in this series are the emphasis and focus on the investigation. And this is not Van Veeteren's case. This was DI Moreno's case till an extent. But still readable and recommended.
Heidi
Police Inspector Eva Moreno is not overly impressed when she is asked to interrogate a “scumbag” criminal (and police informer) on the first day of which was supposed to be a relaxing holiday by the seaside with her new lover. On her way to the dreaded interview, Ewa meets a young weeping girl on the train – and finds out that the girl, too, is on her way to a difficult meeting. Having just turned eighteen, Mikaela Lijphart has finally found out the identity of her birth father, who has been inc ...more
Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
Nesser obviously keeps the same writing style, even when changing from Van Veeteren to Moreno... what doesn't work for me is the difference in the two characters... not sure if Nesser sees men as individuals with personalities and likes and interests, and women with just feelings and emotions, but the goings-on with Moreno and here angst (?) about Mikael was stereotypically overwrought and borderline moronic... needless to say, the mystery was brilliant, well thought out, believable, not full of ...more
Raven
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one for you Scandinavian crime fiction fans from the consistently superb Hakan Nesser. The Weeping Girl sees ex-Chief Inspector Van Veeteren’s protege DI Ewa Moreno take the reins in this intriguing investigation, following the time honoured tradition of crime fiction protagonists unable to take a holiday without being immersed in a murder mystery…

It’s always difficult I would think to introduce a convincing new character from the shadows of such a compelling figure as Van Ve
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Joann
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by this Swedish crime writer, but it won't be the last!
Bryn Lerud
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Swedish murder mystery. Still searching for the perfect one - I'm always disappointed in the wrapping up of the mystery. I want to be blown away by some twist at the end of some mystery and it still has not happened.
Cerisaye
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A police procedural that focuses on the (not always exciting) details of crime investigation, with an engaging female lead promoted from the ranks of secondary characters in previous novels in the Van Veeteren series. I can see some readers of the series might be disappointed to discover 'VV' appears only very briefly in this book but I was happy to spend time with Ewa Moreno and her complicated personal life. Moreno is extremely good at her job and admirably devoted to it, though a little too a ...more
Tony Nielsen
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, you guessed it, I've just ripped through another Scandanavian crime thriller, this time from the very talented Hakan Nesser. Inspector Ewa Moreno is supposed to be on a long awaited summer holiday with her boyfriend. En route in the train she strikes up a conversation with a young woman who is weeping profusely. Mikaela spills the beans to Moreno, telling her that she is going to meet her father for the first time, after he was confined to a mental home when she was two, after apparently mu ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another great novel by Hakan Nesser. This book starred Ewa Moreno as the detective/inspector. Ewa is on vacation and is on a train going to meet her (boyfriend, lover, bloke) - where she talks to a young girl who is also on the train who is weeping. The girl tells Ewa that she is going to meet her dad who she has never seen
A couple of days later Ewa learns that the girl is missing - and she begins to look into the situation on her own - even though she is on vacation. This of course not only in
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Richard
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is of an unusual twist where it doesn't feature Van Veeteren nor Munster, but Ewa Moreno. She is supposed to be set for a 3 week holiday with her boyfriend, but a criminal that was recently arrested would not cooperate unless it was a female officer. And so, the criminal is locked up near the area where she was going to go on her vacation and so she volunteered to do the interrogation. While there she came across a girl who she had met on the train and who later ' disappeared ' and wher ...more
Marie Christin Heinze
I enjoy reading Hakan Nesser and thus I was excited to pick up this book….
Although it started off nicely, with a lot of interesting details and coincidences that were perfect for a twisted and mind baffling crime, I found the ending was very disappointing. It was somewhat predictable for me, at least half way through the book.
The other book in the series are much better- also because of Van Vetteran!!! I miss him….
Sadly, he is not really included in this story. I find that Van Vette
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Helen
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one better than some of the others in the series (perhaps I've got used to the idea of the imaginary country!) Van Veeteren is well and truly retired and out of the picture, and it is Ewa Moreno who is the lead detective. The story is split between 1983 and 1999; an old case is revived by the coming of age of the daughter of a supposed murderer, at which point she has been told about her father and his past.
I rather wished Ewa would sort herself out - her abrupt dismissal of her boyf
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Bernie
The Weeping Girl is the eight novel in the Van Veeteren series. The earlier books have Chief Inspector Van Veeteren as the main character. By this volume he is retired and more of a guiding light for Inspector Moreno who is one of his former officers. She becomes entangled in the tale of the weeping girl as she is about to commence her annual leave. The main story is interesting enough but maybe not as good as the previous in the series. However it remains a favourite series of mine and only two ...more
Susan
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swedish
Picked this up in India - where it is indeed translated into English. Have previously read some of Nesser's books and was glad to pick up another. A girl learns of her father and - a little - about his life, meets him, and disappears. It is somehow clear that she will be found, so some of the suspense is lifted early on. But the portrayal of the characters, their life stories, relationships, is very well done. Of interest is the complexity of the issues of sexuality and the line between adolesce ...more
Sharon
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are 10 Van Veeteren books all in all. Barbarotti series not translated yet into English. This was number 7. Ewa Morenos taking the lead. Next due in September.
While there was an interesting story with events past and present crucial, that Ewa was determined to get to the bottom of, despite being on vacation herself. It was all so long winded and bogged down with description of feelings, events real or imagined that it got tiring and could have been better and tighter if a good many p
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Caroline
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The translator(s) did absolute terrible job. I presume the Swedish version is better given to the good ratings and comments of this and other books. The English of this book sounds like a poet-wannabe, trying to be romantic but ended up being corny. The plot is just ridiculous which already complained by others here. I insisted on finishing this book since I bought it for quite some time, but had to skipped almost 3 chapters just to cut to the chase and voila, the end, let's move on to other boo ...more
Rachel Nowakowski
Liked it but I didn't love it. Ewa is sometimes a bit annoying! What's all this boyfriend trouble. Why doesn't it translate as well in a female character. Too Bridget Jones for my liking. However the story itself is very interesting, the premise of meeting a disappearing girl on a train is Christie-esque. There's a bit of a heart lurch scene when I made the presumptions I was led towards, Ooooo. He got me there! The sign of a sneaky murder mystery.
Novel Destination
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this title a 4.5. I enjoy foreign police procedurals. I like the fact that this title could be a read-alone;someone new to Hakan Nesser's novels would not have to struggle figuring out the characters or their pasts escapades.
My struggle was keeping track of the various plots because of the back and forth covering a 20 year span. Full of the author's usual complex twists, turns and red herrings, it kept me guessing right to the end. Bravo!
Caroline
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
This was a very enjoyable read from Hakan Nesser. Van Veeteren only has a cameo role in "The Weeping Girl". Detective Inspector Ewa Moreno takes centre stage as she can't help but become involved in the investigation of the disappearence of a young girl. Despite being on holiday Ewa discreetly questions anyone who had contact with the girl before she disappeared.
Amidst secrecy and cover-ups the investigation is finally brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
Lynn
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent entry in the series. Although Van Veeteren only makes a brief appearance, I really loved the multilayered mysteries Inspector Ewa Moreno investigates while on vacation. It's an intricate and compelling book.

Thanks to my wonderful local library for finding this Interlibrary Loan.
Shannon
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one focused on Ms. Moreno and her involvement in a mystery from years ago. Can't say I didn't see most of it coming but it was a decent story. I was a bit disappointed with the "can I be a woman without a man" thing but it didn't distract too much from the story. Definitely a different tone than when Van Vetteren is the main character!
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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
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