Four friends celebrate winning the lottery. Just hours later, one of them -- Waldemar Leverkuhn -- is found in his home, stabbed to death. With Chief Inspector Van Veeteren on sabbatical, working in a second hand bookshop, the case is assigned to Inspector Munster. But when another member of the lottery group disappears, as well as Leverkuhn's neighbour, Munster appeals to Van Veeteren for assistance. Soon Munster will find himself interviewing the Leverkuhn family, including the eldest -- Irene -- a resident of a psychiatric clinic. And as he delves deeper into the family's history, he will discover dark secrets and startling twists, which not only threaten the clarity of the case -- but also his life ...
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I've bought every Hakan Nesser on the market and enjoyed all a great deal until this one.
First, I'm concerned per Amazon's marketing as this is the second set of books I've purchased unknowingly - yes, I said "set". There are two of these books published under different names - the other is: Munster's Case. I bought both at the same time unknowingly. (The other set was by Donna Leon - same issue there, didn't know it in advance). Hope this saves other potential readers that expense.
This book was promoted on the cover jacket of Munster's Case as "an inspector Van Veeteren" mystery . That's the last thing it was. He was a minor character in the book most of which was sophomoric narrative about his relationship with someone "new" he is dating. Why these authors have to incorporate that kind of thing in their books is the biggest mystery in mystery books these days in my view - and it's typically done poorly as it was here. Add this aspect of this book to...
Hakan Nesser is a great writer, however this book in the series was not as enjoyable as earlier books. DI Van Veeteren didn't make an appearance until midway through the book, and I am still unsure whether he is actually retired, or on leave of absence to run his bookstore. The plot develops at a snail's pace until the last part, and then it unfolds like there is no tomorrow. The storyline is not as strong as earlier books,.
I have read most of his books. If you are looking for action, he is not the author for you. If you are looking for good writing with some humor and twists and turns, he's the one to try.
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