Mind's Eye

Mind's Eye

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2008
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The highly anticipated first novel in the Inspector Van Veeteren series in now available in English. At last, American readers will be able to enjoy, from its very beginnings, this addictive series by one of Europe's most beloved and best-selling crime writers. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution. But Van Veeteren's suspicions about the identity of the killer are borne out when Mitter also becomes a murder victim. Now the chief inspector launches a full-scale investigation of the two slayings. But it may only be the unspoken secrets of the dead--revealed in a mysterious letter that Mitter wrote shortly before his death--that will finally allow Van Veeteren to unmask the killer and expose the shocking root of this sordid violence. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780375425035
Branch Call Number: FIC Nesse
Characteristics: 277 p.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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Jan 04, 2016

Thoughtful, intimate development of characters appears to be Nesser's MO, but the use of pronouns can get annoying. For example, one can be two paragraphs into a chapter before we know which "he" is being presented. Nesser is the thinking person's writer--and it is worth the work!

Feb 12, 2013

Inhaled this book, nothing like a Swedish mystery.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #1 in the Inspector Van Veeteren series of ten books, the last three of which have not been translated into English as at early 2012 (as have none so far of the author’s subsequent Inspector Barbarotti series); thi is a suitably complex story and nice interactions among the ongoing cast of characters; but this book has unnecessary advertising plugs for Toyota etc.; and it’s in a mythical country that combines the UK (moors) with Netherland-Belgium (polders) and has a town (Malbork) named after a fascinating and huge Knights Templar castle in Poland; the result is a little bit too much country-mixing for one to get a good feel for what kind of place we’re in

mayfairlady Sep 05, 2011

The first Inspector Van Veeteren mystery - reminiscent of Inspector Morse in some ways.

akarenina Jun 22, 2011

This is the first book in the series which I started thinking it was the second. Better than "Borkman's Point," but again, the murderer is a total surprise, and Nesser doesn't give the reader much of a chance to work it out with the hero.

Mar 17, 2011

I've read all the Van Veeteren books I can find at NWPL. They're fun - set in some nameless northern European country, all the languages seem to run together in the place a nd character names. Not too much violence, hardly any sex, just nice, clean mystery writing with enough human interest to keep it perking along.

Jan 18, 2010

to be taken out again after return from holidays, Search for others by same author. Lynn read it and like it.

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