The Return

The Return

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Paperback - 2007
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Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.

On a rainy April day, a body--or what is left of it--is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands.

Uniform Title: Återkomsten. English
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781400030330
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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Jul 03, 2015

While waiting my turn for the earlier books in this series, I decided to start with this one. Maybe it was a mistake. The mystery is very entertaining and the actual police procedural part very interesting, but the long passages of inner turmoil and self reflection bogged down. To be fair, it might be that I was not yet invested in the characters.

AspdenBrae May 08, 2012

Pretty good murder mystery. I would recommend to any mystery fan.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #3 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); the book is very civilized and quite enjoyable, but not quite as funny as the previous book in the series.

mayfairlady Jan 07, 2012

Cancer surgery doesn't impede Inspector Van Veeteren from getting his man.

akarenina Jun 30, 2011

Again, not enough details given, either in charaterizations or Van Veeteren's analyses, to allow the reader to play along.


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