The Inspector and Silence

The Inspector and Silence

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2010
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In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fug of heat. In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge's tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone-call from an anonymous woman. She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery. But Van Veeteren's investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast. The strange priest-like figure who leads the sect -Oscar Yellineck- refuses even to admit anyone is missing. Things soon take a sinister turn, however, when a young girl's body is discovered in the woods, raped and strangled; and Yellineck himself disappears. Yet even in the face of these new horrors, the remaining members of the sect refuse to co-operate with Van Veeteren, remaining largely silent. As the body count rises, a media frenzy descends upon the town and the pressure to find the monster behind the murders weighs heavily on the investigative team. Finally Van Veeteren realises that to solve this disturbing case, faced with silence and with few clues to follow, he has only his intuition to rely on...
Publisher: London : Mantle, c2010
ISBN: 9780230745704
Branch Call Number: M NES
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm


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May 06, 2016

Not as interesting as as the other VV books, but that is partly because VV has become tired, disheartened, and can see little point in fighting the losing battle of crime solving. This is really for people who wish for nothing more than a way out of their pointless lives. Over 50 audience because only we know how tired life can make a person.

Jun 15, 2014

Best of the series so far. I had not cared much for others in the series, ie Borkman's Point, Mind's Eye but this one was much more to my liking.

Aug 03, 2012

I wasn't very happy with this book for a number of reasons. The first being it took 1/3 of the book before a body was found and the mystery side of the book started. Second, there seemed to be an unbelievable amount of inspectors and such involved in this book and it was hard to keep track of them. Lastly, I was disappointed that they solved the mystery without really giving you a chance and then told you how they did it. What fun is a mystery if you aren't given the option of figuring it out?

Apr 09, 2012

This is the worst detective novel I have ever read. There is no story. The book should be one eighth of its size. Also the author is not doing any credit to the Swedish police. In the story, the cops were more concerned about their summer holidays than the crime they were to solve. No sense of urgency. Strong need for alcohol.

This author is way over rated. Fortunately, I just wasted a day reading it.

Jan 10, 2012

This book is #5 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); it’s a good book, but somehow it’s not as engaging as some earlier ones in the series and the humour is more droll.

Aug 25, 2011

Violence against children is not entertainment.

akarenina Aug 05, 2011

Not as good as Woman with the Birthmark, but still fine.

Over the top with literary allusions: Is the author trying to impress with his literary knowledge?

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May 06, 2016

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