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The Inspector and Silence 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


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  1. says:

    Labouring under the perpetually draining heat of a stifling summer in Maardam, a jaded and typically morose Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is clearly in the autumn of his career and contemplating retirementseriously than ever before Approaching sixty and with thirty five years service in the bag the advertisement offering a potential partnership in Krantze s antiquarian bookshop andtime to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, which for introspective Van Veeteren include beer, playing c Labouring under the perpetually draining heat of a stifling summer in Maardam, a jaded and typically morose Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is clearly in the autumn of his career and contemplating retirementseriously than ever before Approaching sixty and with thirty five years service in the bag the advertisement offering a potential partnership in Krantze s antiquarian bookshop andtime to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, which for introspective Van Veeteren include beer, playing chess, classical music and a cigarette, takes a firm hold Thwarted in his desire for a peaceful summer sojourn at the family cottage by ex wife, Renate, he books a fortnight in Crete with high hopes on the romance front With two weeks remaining before his holiday is due to begin avoiding responsibility for investigations which might run into his departure date is a must, hence a request for his expertise in the idyllic tranquility of the forests of Sorbinowo, reassuring the acting Chief of Police, sounds like the perfect start to his break If only life was that simple but it never is for Van Veeteren.In the absence of his boss, stand in Chief of Police in Sorbinowo is Merwin Klugge whose three years service to date have amounted to littlethan paper pushing and finds himself daunted by an anonymous caller reporting a disappearance of a girl from the summer camp that plays host to a religious sect by the name of the Pure Life at Waldingen Enquiring and having his fears allayed Klugge thinks noabout the matter but consults Van Veeteren whose famous intuition leads him to assign a couple of days to running his eye over matters Venturing out to the summer camp at Waldingen to take a closer look at just what is going on does nothing but incur the wrath of Van Veeteren when the long haired and remarkably supercilious priest in the shape of Oscar Yellinek refuses to cooperate or even answer questions and refutes any claims of a girl being missing Likewise, the three adult sisters who run the camp alongside Yellinek seem a similarly recalcitrant bunch, refusing to even confirm the names of the girls staying at the camp and Van Veeteren is faced with a wall of silence by the twelve teenage girls who make up the party with concerns over betraying their faith.Despite Van Veeteren s distaste for the Pure Life camp and his view that Yellinek is brainwashing the emotionally unstable girls who attend, the rumoured speaking in tongues, driving out of the Devil and sex rituals worries him , but significantly none of that in and of itself amounts to a crime However, Yellinek s previous brush with the law causes Van Veeteren to dig deeper into just what goes on at Waldingen Chancing upon a friend of his chess partner s at the cinema, himself a journalist and learned gent by the name of Andrej Przebuda, Van Veeteren finds a man of enviable intelligence whose intention of reporting on the goings on at the camp the previous summer paints a keener picture of an unedifying setup with the cornerstone beliefs of prayers, self denial and purity preached More of a marathon than a sprint, this investigation sees Chief Inspector Van Veeteren descend on Sorbinowo before any crime has even been confirmed and with so little of substance to go, he is half minded to steer clear. that is until Klugge s anonymous caller picks up the phone again out of frustration at the lack of police response and reports the exact location of a dead girl Naked, placed against a tree trunk lies the body of Clarissa Heerenmacht, a girl of twelve raped and with her larynx crushed Given that she is the self same girl that Van Veeteren spoke to just days earlier and the most outspoken of the group, how is he to interpret this if not an attempt to silence dissent Clearly not the first reported disappearance that the anonymous caller spoke of, Van Veeteren s intuition tells him that life in the Waldingen camp is not quite so idyllic as the Pure Life sect are eager to portray Just as he starts to worry that there could be a previous girl missing, the divine leader Oscar Yellinek flees the camp before the police arrive, supposedly on a personal mission of mercy from the main man himself With the three sister taken into isolation at a psychiatric hospital and the girls being supported by numerous psychologists, breaking through the wall of silence surrounding Yellinek proves an arduous endeavour And even after the discovery of Clarissa s body there is still no proof linking the murder back to the Pure Life sect, leaving Van Veeteren with some serious thinking and a very short fuse.Given the sensitivity in an age of political correctness where even venturing into an investigation of this nature is often cited as being nothingthan driven by groundless accusations and discrimination, Nesser draws this strand out astutely Even Van Veeteren cannot help but compare how the psychologists and those assigned to looking after the minors actlike bodyguards and seem to work against the police interests of a thorough examination Van Veeteren knows that the eyes of the media will be on the sensitive handling by the police and this certainly adds an urgency to just how much of strain the investigation proves to be Nesser illustrates the frustrations that effectively handcuff the officers investigating and necessitates that they jump over hurdles alongside investigating The discovery of a second girls body in a similar condition but evidently murdered prior to that of Clarissa Heerenmacht brings the full media circus to town and frustrated by the slow pace the angst of the investigating team is readily apparent and confirms a fear that the reported disappearance of ten days prior was accurate.Some readers may find themselves frustrated by the length of time it takes for the investigation to come to a head and how difficult it is to prove a crime has been perpetrated in the hostile environment where speaking out is perpetuated by the myth of being a supposed betrayal of faith Despite it slow burning development this is a fine opportunity for Van Veeteren to showcase his analytical methods and to go about the case from different angles in order to tackle the root of the problem and when things aren t going well to trust his intuition A brilliantly trivial detail holds the key to making the crucial breakthrough but faced with the two teenage girls brutally raped and strangled, can the legendary Van Veeteren really face another case of this nature I would not recommended The Inspector and Silence being read without some appreciation of what has gone before in the series as on balance readers could construe that Van Veeteren is an infernal moaner who doesn t really have too much to complain about However, through the course of his prior outings regular readers will have picked up on his feelings of impotence and futility as a crime fighter seemingly resigned to awaiting the next impending fatality that winds up on his door Increasingly despondent about his limited power in the grand scheme of thing perhaps it may well be time for the great man to ride off into the sunset or indeed an antiquarian bookshop Another excellent instalment of a consistently high quality series.Whatever the nature of the current investigation Nesser manages to mine a rich vein of dry humour throughout his narrative and despite unsettling events the character of Chief Inspector Van Veeteren manages to ruminate on his life and whatever else takes his fancy, something which ensures a quirky offbeat humour to spending time in his company With Laurie Thompson being as familiar with the characters in play and the irascible Van Veeteren this superb translation brims with warmth.Apologies for the length


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    Left to man the Sorbinowo police station while the chief takes time off to get over the death of his wife, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge isn t expecting much trouble in this bit of paradise But it s not long until he receives an anonymous call from a woman claiming that a little girl has disappeared from a camp in Waldingen run by the Pure Life religious sect The people at the camp say everyone s accounted for The next day he gets yet another anonymous phone call from the same woman, who threatens t Left to man the Sorbinowo police station while the chief takes time off to get over the death of his wife, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge isn t expecting much trouble in this bit of paradise But it s not long until he receives an anonymous call from a woman claiming that a little girl has disappeared from a camp in Waldingen run by the Pure Life religious sect The people at the camp say everyone s accounted for The next day he gets yet another anonymous phone call from the same woman, who threatens to go to the press if Kluuge doesn t do something But what sends him into a minor panic, and has him reaching for the phone to call the Mardaam police is when she says that if continues to do nothing, they ll kill someHis chief had left orders not to be disturbed and to call Maardam if anything came up, because Van Veeteren owed him Of course, V.V is not happy about this, since he s bought a plane ticket for Crete, but off he goes to Sorbinowo But when he gets to the Pure Life camp, the group will hardly give him the time of day, and swear that no one s disappeared He s allowed to talk to some of the girls, but they re not saying much The next day, the body of a young girl is discovered she had been raped and murdered But Van Veeteren realizes that something s off he recognizes the dead girl as one of those to whom he had just spoken to the day before So if she had been alive the day before, how could she be the missing girl the caller warned about earlier So what happened to that girl It isn t long until Van Veeteren and the police get their answer Complicating the issue is the fact that the small group at the Pure Life camp, with the exception of one girl who is very upset, is not talking No matter how much Van Veeteren and the others question them, nobody is saying a word or when they do, it s to extol the virtues of their religious beliefs and to put down those living in the Other World The leader, Yellinek, has disappeared no one knows anything about it or if they do, they re not saying anything Frustrated, Van Veeteren knows that this case will not be easy to crack first he has to break through the wall of silence This is a fascinating book, actually, one that showcases V.V at his best While he pleads with the members of Pure Life to offer up any information they can to help find the murder and rapist of two young girls, nobody seems to care about anything except maintaining the integrity of the sect and defending their missing leader Small wonder that he has his eye on trading years of police work for a partnership in an antiquarian book store seriously, you can sense his frustration leaping off of the pages Although the crimes in The Inspector and Silence are particularly horrifying, Nesser as usual uses some moments of sarcasm and humor to ease the tension He also continues the tradition of great characterization and a powerful sense of place, elements that never waver throughout any of his novels While many people said they didn t care for this book, I thought it was one of the better ones in the series.Definitely recommended for Scandinavian crime fiction readers, but do start with book one in the series The Van Veeteren novels really areon the cerebral, rather than the action packed side, so if you re looking for someone a la Nesb or Stieg Larsson, you won t find it here and this begs the question as to why on the cover of my copy there is a blurb from the Sunday Times saying Nesser is being favorably compared with Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson Nesser doesn t need to compare favorably he has his own style which is every bit as good or even better than the authors with whom he is being favorably compared


  3. says:

    Author Hakan Nesser can do no wrong in my eyes in the Inspector Van Veeteren series As always, the inspector is introspective, but especially so in this, the fifth in this series of books VV as many of his fellow detectives refer to him, is again considering retirement from the police force, but this time with an actual plan in place Meanwhile, he is embroiled in an investigation into the murder s of adolescent girls who are part of a minor religious sect.


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    1.5 Meh rounded to 2 stars on GR because I ve read worse I bought this book at a local book sale, so I had zero expectations going in I m not disappointed in the low rating because I hadn t heard of the book until I bought it a few weeks back The Inspector and Silence tells the story of Inspector Van Veeteren, a Swedish detective, as he tries to solve a case involving the Pure Life a religious cult Unbeknownst to me when I bought it, this book is number five out of ten in a series that f 1.5 Meh rounded to 2 stars on GR because I ve read worse I bought this book at a local book sale, so I had zero expectations going in I m not disappointed in the low rating because I hadn t heard of the book until I bought it a few weeks back The Inspector and Silence tells the story of Inspector Van Veeteren, a Swedish detective, as he tries to solve a case involving the Pure Life a religious cult Unbeknownst to me when I bought it, this book is number five out of ten in a series that follows Van Veeteren Admittedly, that could play a factor in why I didn t connect with the book I found the story itself interesting a murder involving a cult Quite interesting However, just about everything else fell flat for me.I didn t connect to any of the characters, even on a superficial level I just finished the book and can t remember anyone else s name other than Van Veeteren not promising Everyone, including our inspector, just felt one dimensional The writing was also problematic it felt mechanical The dialogues were back and forths, but not in a witty or clever way that some authors are known for The prose is also just blah Some of the phrases the author chose were awkward and didn t make sense Thought, that might have to do with the translator Laurie Thompson than Nesser It makes me wonder, if the translator was better, would I have enjoyed this bookDo I recommend this one Eh, no I think you re good skipping it


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    I was disappointed by this book I d read all the other Nesser books so far translated into English and I was looking forward to this one, so I felt a little let down The story opens promisingly enough with a mysterious phonecall in which an unidentified woman claims a girl has been murdered at a site used by a secretive religious group Van Veeteren gets involved and finds a wall of silence, as the book title suggests Unfortunately, the denoument fails to live up to the promise shown earlier I was disappointed by this book I d read all the other Nesser books so far translated into English and I was looking forward to this one, so I felt a little let down The story opens promisingly enough with a mysterious phonecall in which an unidentified woman claims a girl has been murdered at a site used by a secretive religious group Van Veeteren gets involved and finds a wall of silence, as the book title suggests Unfortunately, the denoument fails to live up to the promise shown earlier in the story, and the reader gets the impression that Nesser tacked the solution on to the story almost at random it seems to come from nowhere, bears little relation to the rest of the plot and is highly unsatisfying If you only read one book from this series, I recommend Borkmann s Point instead


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    I really like VV he s human, intuative, and deeply moved by the horrors he has seen including the little girls in this book It was heading toward a 5 star read, but the ending of the book was weak to me Nevertheless the telling of the story was superb I will readof the VV mysteries and Nesser to my growing list of favorite European crime writers.


  7. says:

    My first introduction to H kan Nesser, The Inspector and silence affords the reader a thoroughly enjoyable sojourn to Sorbinowo, a forested Swedish lake side town Looks can be deceptive however and the forest, along with the town, hides a dark secret that local police cannot fathom enter chief inspector Van Veeteren.When I began reading The Inspector and silence which is incidentally the fifth in a series of ten books to be released in the UK, I wasn t quite sure what to expect having nev My first introduction to H kan Nesser, The Inspector and silence affords the reader a thoroughly enjoyable sojourn to Sorbinowo, a forested Swedish lake side town Looks can be deceptive however and the forest, along with the town, hides a dark secret that local police cannot fathom enter chief inspector Van Veeteren.When I began reading The Inspector and silence which is incidentally the fifth in a series of ten books to be released in the UK, I wasn t quite sure what to expect having never heard of either H kan or indeed Van Veeteren It became clear to me within a couple of chapters that the narrative, considering it hails from Swedish descent, was engaging and fluid Having now read the book to its conclusion, much to my surprise, I can now confirm that this fluidity remained throughout allowing a rapid and entertaining read I can t remember reading another translated novel that read so effortlessly plaudits to Nesser and of course the translation services of Laurie Thompson 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 Full review on my blog


  8. says:

    The most pointless, cliched, feebly plotted murder mystery ever Beautiful young girls brutally raped and strangled Give me a break The story unwinds at a snail s pace and after pointing the finger at the leader of the sect to which the girls belonged, of course our author plucks another culprit at random Why do such books get published at all, I wonder It s not even sexy or scary, just boring beyond belief.


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    PROTAGONIST Inspector Van VeeterenSETTING Fictional country resembling SwedenSERIES 5 of 10RATING 3.0Inspector Van Veeterren is at a crossroads Personally, things are less than satisfactory After a failed marriage, he feels the stirrings of desire to embark on a new relationship, something that will bring him to life again Professionally, he is feeling worn out and mulling retirement after 35 years on the job He has found himself tempted by a for hire sign in a small local bookstore PROTAGONIST Inspector Van VeeterenSETTING Fictional country resembling SwedenSERIES 5 of 10RATING 3.0Inspector Van Veeterren is at a crossroads Personally, things are less than satisfactory After a failed marriage, he feels the stirrings of desire to embark on a new relationship, something that will bring him to life again Professionally, he is feeling worn out and mulling retirement after 35 years on the job He has found himself tempted by a for hire sign in a small local bookstore After so many years of high pressure and being exposed to so much human misery, Van Veeterren is ready for a quiet life.But that is not about to happen yet In two weeks, he is scheduled to go on holiday to Crete But those plans threaten to be interrupted when the police receive an anonymous phone call from a woman who states that a girl who has been attending a cult like camp called Pure Life has been murdered The people in charge of the camp deny that there is anyone missing Van Veeterren is extremely uncomfortable about what he sees at the facility Young adolescent girls are sunbathing naked when he interviews the girls, they seem almost brainwashed There are three adult women at the camp, along with a Messiah like figure named Oscar Yellinek Even after the girl s body is found, the sect leaders hide behind a cloak of silence and the girls who remain at the camp are equally close mouthed The only one talking is the original tipster who has informed the police that there are other victims She has gone so far as to move a body to ensure that the police are able to find it.Given the lack of cooperation, the investigation is a frustrating one Van Veeterren relies on his team to do most of the work he tries to figure out exactly what Pure Life is all about and to better understand Yellinek s mysterious hold over the group Unfortunately for the reader, the investigation doesn t move forward quickly and it feels like the same ground is being covered over and over and over again The slow pace of the narrative dampened any sense of tension, although there is one scene where the murderer is approaching a victim that is quite suspenseful On the other hand, the characterization is excellent I particularly enjoyed seeing several members of the police teamfleshed out in this book.THE INSPECTOR AND SILENCE is the fifth of ten books in the series It will be interesting to see where Nesser takes Van Veeterren given how world weary he has grown and how alluring retirement seems to him


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    I read this during a plane ride to Sweden and coincidentally sat next to a woman who was from the author s home town Although I got a kick out of the main character, Inspector Van Veteren, VV for short, I thought VV was a little short on the detecting side of things I discovered the murderer in the first 100 pages and had to wait another 150 pages while VV dawdled, drank and detected, before he found the culprit While the settings were interesting, taking place in some fictional Northern Euro I read this during a plane ride to Sweden and coincidentally sat next to a woman who was from the author s home town Although I got a kick out of the main character, Inspector Van Veteren, VV for short, I thought VV was a little short on the detecting side of things I discovered the murderer in the first 100 pages and had to wait another 150 pages while VV dawdled, drank and detected, before he found the culprit While the settings were interesting, taking place in some fictional Northern European country, I found this to be a yawner for the most part I will not be reading anyof these, even though the author has been acclaimed in his native Sweden