Borkmann’s Point

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Publisher: Anchor Canada
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. In his storied career he has only left one case unsolved, but he’s never before faced an ax murderer. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds that there is almost nothing to go on; nothing links the two victims. But then there’s another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren’s 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, quirky characters and deep motives, Håkan Nesser introduces American readers to a detective who is already beloved by his European readership, as he spins a story that leaves even the most veteran crime–novel readers chilled.

From the Hardcover edition.


Had Ernst Simmel known he was to be the Axman's second victim, he would no doubt have downed a few more drinks at The Blue Ship.

As it was, he settled for a brandy with his coffee and a whiskey on the rocks in the bar, while trying unsuccessfully to make eye contact with the bleached-blond woman in the far...
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“Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin.” —The New York Times
“The [murderer’s] identity comes as a terrific surprise. [Nesser] knows how to write great endings.”–Toronto Star
“You don’t want it to end. . . . Borkmann’s Point is that rarity, a leisurely read that nevertheless keeps you on the edge of your seat. . . . A pleasure.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“The novel’s prime asset is the mordant clarity of Nesser’s voice. Its understatement is a pleasure in itself, as investigations pause for Van Veeteren to finish his beer, and a poker-faced wit informs the characterization….the novel delivers enough peppery asides on the ageing process and the passage of time to demonstrate a bleakly perceptive intelligence.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Nesser spends as much time with his characters as with the mystery... creating an absorbing tale with an unexpected ending.”
The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“Another good Swedish writer emerges, an old hand, garlanded with his country’s prizes, but only now translated into English.”
The Times (UK)

“International bestseller Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this classy and rewarding whodunit, which won the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994…Thompson's smooth translation makes this worthy mystery readily accessible to American readers.”
Publishers Weekly

“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 (starred review)

Praise for Borkmann’s Point and Håkan Nesser:

“This is definitely one of the better books to be recently published in the crime genre.”
Finanstidningen (Sweden)

“Original, and with a profound underlying humanity.”
Bohusläningen (Sweden)

“Nesser writes dramatic murder mysteries that rouse the imagination.”
Nordvastra Skanes Tidningar (Sweden)

“Nesser is one of our most famous crime writers — but so far only in Sweden. This must change, however, because hardly anyone else in the world tells crime stories in such a unique way.”
WDR-Mittagsmagazin (Germany)

“Nesser belongs to today’s elite in crime fiction writing. His work is of the highest quality. Hurry to the bookstore!”
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

“Nesser has a keen grasp of the art of spinning many narrative threads into a shocking resolution. This finesse and control results in perfectly accomplished crime novels.”
Jönköpings-Posten (Sweden)

Praise from Sweden for The Van Veeteren Crime Novels:

“There is a new star in the crime-writing galaxy. A stylish and enjoyable novel . . . spiced with an understated sense of humor.”
Sydsvenska Dagbladet

“With Van Veeteren, Nesser has created a character who has the making of a classic.”

“Nesser has a keen and complete grasp of the art of spinning many threads, pulling them together in a thrilling way and bringing them to a shocking solution. This sense of finesse and control leads to absolutely accomplished crime novels.”

From the Hardcover edition.