It’s a sweltering summer in Sweden and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp, brutally raped and strangled; the discovery of her body has been phoned in by an anonymous caller.
The members of the sect, the Pure Life, are led by Oscar Yellinek, a charismatic but unnervingly guarded messiah figure. In an act that mystifies and infuriates Van Veeteren and his associates, the members of the Pure Life choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves. But an unidentified woman is continuing to assist the authorities, and her knowledge suggests she’s more than just a passing Good Samaritan. Her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.
A riveting new addition to Håkan Nesser’s acclaimed series, The Inspector and Silence is suspense at its haunting best.
Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize for new authors for Mind’s Eye (published in Sweden as Det Grovmaskiga Nätet); 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 Scandinavia’s Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. Nesser lives in Sweden and London.
"A taut and compelling mystery in a consistently outstanding series."
"[A] fine fourth Inspector Van Veeteren mystery."
"[The Inpector and Silence] builds slowly, the grim haunting plot perfectly suited to the methodical, stoic hero."
"This is stylish, atmospheric crime fiction with a strong moral core from an award-winning author; essential for readers of the genre."
"A thrilling investigation." —Newsweek
Praise for Håkan Nesser and the Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries
“Nesser’s novels look for the roots of crime in the ills of society . . . He has seized his chance to create his own dark poetry from these stark materials, and the effect is haunting.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Nesser is a master of suspense.”
—The Sunday Times (London)
“Devotees of Jo Nesbø and Henning Mankell will agree that Nesser belongs in that select circle of A-list Scandinavian crime novelists.”
“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.”
—The New York Times
“Inspector Van Veeteren seems destined for a place amongst the great European detectives.”
—Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries