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The Return

Fiction: Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Unabridged   7.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/14/2011

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The Return

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611742732
Digital Download ISBN:9781611742749


One of Sweden’s hottest detective series available for the first time on audio in US. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren of Maardam is divorced, grumpy, and cynical, and his love of dark beer, books, and chess is probably greater than his love for his job. But his intuition and ability to read people have made him a highly successful detective.

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Product Description

While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch. The body has no hands, feet, or head, but this was not the work of wild animals. A brutal killer is on the loose—but who is the victim?

From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that involve a nun who hides a secret, a crippled woman, the murders of two other women, and a former track star who served two sentences for murder and has been missing since the date of his return to society.

No one is who they appear to be, and a sleepy village finds itself reopening cases long considered closed. With the assistance of his colleagues, Van Veeteren faces the prospect of taking the law into his own hands in the face of a flawed system of justice.


“Vance thrives with well-written dialogue... With a deftness of phrase, Vance makes the book a joy. The Return, one of a series, will please even the toughest critics.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“The sardonic Van Veeteren is an entertaining lead character, and this book should lead many to seek out earlier entries in the series.”
      —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

HÅKAN NESSER was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize for new authors for Mind’s Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nåtet); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann’s Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandanavia’s Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and New York.