Borkmann's Point

Borkmann's Point

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2007
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International Bestseller 

Internationally bestselling author Häkan Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this riveting tale of murder and suspense that reveals the deep humanity of the characters portrayed even as it sends chills up the spine.


Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann’s Point unfolds like a chess match where each move could prove deadly.

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When an ex-convict and then a wealthy real-estate tycoon fall victim to a violent attack by a possible ax-murderer, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to assist with the local investigation, a probe that becomes complicated by yet another murder and the disappearance of a promising female detective who may have gotten too close to the truth. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9781400030323
Branch Call Number: M NESSER
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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Dec 11, 2015

The idea is good. Unfortunately it bogs down in futilities. It's as if the author had only one good conclusion to his book and the prior some 250 pages were just filler that had nothing to do with the murders. There's no twists or chase or anything that could give us some thrills. And the conclusion is very anticlimactic. This book is not dark or fill with mysteries. It's just rather dull. We would have wished for a fireworks ending. All we got was a wet firecracker that didn't even raise my drooping sleepy eyes.

Dec 03, 2015

Not the best of the Nordic translations, VERY slow moving and Van Veeteren comes across as a self-involved smug detective rather than a genius, but the setting is good and the other detectives are interesting.

Mar 08, 2014

Thank you to CB2295 for some background info. I selected this author after reading your comment and am glad I did. This book's title becomes explained towards end of story and turns out to be a fitting turn of phrase. Really enjoyed it and will read more from this author.

May 05, 2012

I love the Swedish mystery writers. This one stands above them all. couldn`t put the book down and can`t wait to read some more.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #2 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); this is a very good book of a quality matching Sweden’s Sjöwall/Wahlöö writing team from the 1960s; this second book in the series makes the background of the main character a lot clearer than the first book did and provides some useful detail about his non-police life which was a bit unclear in the first book; I look forward to reading more in the series, which appears to be set in the Netherlands more than anywhere else and thus offers a more coherent national character this time round that actually contributes to good atmospherics in the story

mayfairlady Sep 29, 2011

Interesting personality and location for a mystery.

Aug 14, 2011

I really enjoyed the philosophical musing of the detective inspector, along with the mystery. My only quibble was keeping track of characters on occasion--perhaps I just don't remember Scandinavian names well.

akarenina Jun 22, 2011

I read this thinking that it was the first book in the series, which didn't make too much difference in the long run. I found it rather confusing--Nesser doesn't provide enough clues for the reader to come to an educated guess as to the murder


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