An ex-con is brutally murdered with an ax in Kaalbringen. Then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also the victim of a violent attack. There appears to be a serial killer on the loose, and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help the local police. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds little to go on. But then there’s another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missingperhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth. . . .
Library Journal [starred review]
“Simon Vance . . . is nothing short of stellar. . . . The characters have depth and the plot has all the necessary ingredientsincluding a race against timeto satisfy even the most selective mystery fan. Vance’s winning narration is the perfect icing on a very tasty cake.”
Publishers Weekly [starred review]
“No reader of hard-boiled crime fiction should miss the Scandinavians, and Nesser immediately vaults to near-Mankell status. Let’s hope Borkmann’s Point, which won the Swedish Crime Writers’ Best Novel Award for 1994, is only the first of a steady stream of Nesser imports.”
Booklist [HC starred review]