Borkmann's Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

A riveting detective novel from the internationally acclaimed author Hkan Nesser in which Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is summoned to Kaalbringen, a quiet European town by the sea, to track down the link between a series of murders. An ex-con is brutally murdered with an axe in the unusually quiet town of Kaalbringen. And then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also violently attacked. With what appears to be a serial killer on the loose, Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help out the local investigation. In his storied career he's never faced an axe murderer and has only ever left one case unsolved. As details surrounding the murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds there is almost nothing to go on; nothing he can find links the two victims. But then there's another murder and one of his colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing, perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth... In this riveting novel, full of fascinating, realistic characters and motives, Hkan Nesser introduces American readers to his unique and entertaining new detective, Van Veeteren, and spins a story that leaves even the most veteran crime novel readers chilled. From the Hardcover edition.

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By Tony (Chadds Ford, PA) · ★★★★☆ · October 31, 2010
Nesser, Hakan. BORKMANN’S POINT. (1994; Eng. trans. 2006). ****. Here’s an early Inspector Van Veeteren mystery that I could swear I’d read before, but I’m at an age where nothing much would surprise me. Van Veeteren is very much like a Swedish Poirot; he uses his little gray cells to his benefit... ...more
By Mark (Denver, CO) · ★★★★☆ · March 17, 2012
Borkmann is an old cop, one of the few that Chief Inspector Van Veeteren respects. Van Veeteren is thinking about Borkmann while he’s sitting in the tub, three bottles of brown ale in a bucket of cold water on the floor “and a dish of fat olives within easy reach.”

In every investigation, Borkman... ...more
By Rachelle (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · August 19, 2011
I liked it. Didn't love it, but found it engaging and even engrossing enough to read it through. The book is notable for its complex story and cliff-hanger section endings. Those, not the characters, drive the reader on. The characters are interesting enough, and I liked the lone investigator, Va... ...more
By Bonnie (Port Saint Lucie, FL) · ★★★★☆ · February 28, 2012
Borkmann's Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery is a Swedish import by Hakan Nesser. Borkmann's point refers to an axiom provided to Inspector Van Veeteren. Basically, the point is that in an investigation, there comes a time when there is enough information gathered to solve the crime. More... ...more
By Shelleyrae (Taree, 02, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 19, 2010
A little slow for me but well crafted with developed characters and a solid mystery. Not a lot of atmosphere though - it could have been happening in any part of the world. The translation was first rate - Ive read a few by similar authors such as Mankell where the translation is just a little bi... ...more
By Dylan (Llanrwst, L8, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · June 15, 2012
Slow paced but dark procedural crime novel .. ...more
By Nancy · ★★★★☆ · January 18, 2009
Borkmann's Point: "the point beyond which we really don't need any more information. When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing more than some decent thinking. " And it is precisely at this point that Inspector Van Veeteren begins to focus on the identi... ...more
By Karen (The Pyrenees Ranges, Victoria, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · July 02, 2008
BORKMANN'S POINT is the second book in the Inspector Van Veeteren series, but the only one currently available in English. Nesser lives in Sweden and has set his book in a fictitious small Scandinavian town.

An ex-con is murdered by a blow from a very unusual, extremely sharp instrument. Soon a re... ...more
By Roderick (Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · July 03, 2012
This excellent crime novel falls within the sub-genre of police procedural. The author may have been influenced by the Martin Beck series of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. We have the same interest in police procedure evidenced, for example, by the painstaking efforts of Inspector Kropke with his pi... ...more