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Håkan Nesser: The Return

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Canadian edition finally released in 2008:

The Return
Håkan Nesser
Anchor
ISBN 978-0-385-66363-2
11 March 2008
$19.95 in Canada

Original Title: Återkomsten

9780385663632

The author of Borkmann’s Point spins a story that leaves even the most veteran crime novel readers chilled.

A new case for Chief Inspector Van Veeteren – the complicated history of a nearly perfect murder. On a sunny August day a man is released from prison. On a rainy April day children at play find his corpse. The fact that the dead man is Leopold Verhaven only becomes clear after some time because the mutilated corpse is without its head, legs and feet. Who would be interested in killing this man, a double murderer who spent 24 years in prison?

Determined to let no case go unsolved, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren reopens the case. What he discovers is that Verhaven was a star sprinter before he went to prison for allegedly killing two of his lovers. However, he never confessed to the murders and spent a lifetime proclaiming his innocence. Was he killed because someone thought he had not been punished enough? Or was someone afraid of Verhaven’s revenge? A terrible suspicion stalks Van Veeteren: had Verhaven been telling the truth? Was he really innocent?

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 15:54

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