Author bio

Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser - book author

Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful crime fiction novels. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages.

Håkan Nesser was born and grew up in Kumla, and has lived most of his adult life in Uppsala. His first novel was published in 1988, but he worked as a teacher until 1998 when he became a full-time author. In August, 2006, Håkan Nesser and his wife Elke moved to Greenwich Village in New York.

Series:
* Inspector Van Veeteren
* Inspector Barbarotti

Håkan Nesser is the author of books: Borkmann's Point (Inspector Van Veeteren #2), Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren #1), The Return (Inspector Van Veeteren #3), Woman with Birthmark (Inspector Van Veeteren #4), The Inspector and Silence (Inspector Van Veeteren #5), Münsters Fall (Inspector Van Veeteren #6), Människa utan hund (Barbarotti #1), Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö, Hour of the Wolf (Inspector Van Veeteren #7), En helt annan historia (Barbarotti #2)


Author books

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01
International Bestseller 

Internationally bestselling author Häkan Nesser makes his U.S. debut with this riveting tale of murder and suspense that reveals the deep humanity of the characters portrayed even as it sends chills up the spine.

 

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann’s Point unfolds like a chess match where each move could prove deadly.
02
Håkan Nesser is firmly established as one of the world's bestselling crime novelists. And now the novel that introduced Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is available for the first time in English.

 

The swift conviction left Van Veeteren uneasy: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and his wife dead in the bathtub. With only the flimsiest defense, he is found guilty and imprisoned in a mental institution. But when Mitter is murdered in his bed, Van Veeteren regrets not following his gut and launches an investigation into the two murders. As the chief inspector delves deeper, the twisted root of these violent murders will shock even him.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
03
A new case for Chief Inspector Van Veeteren - the complicated history of a nearly perfect murder. On a sunny August day a man is released from prison. On a rainy April day children at play find his corpse. The fact that the dead man is Leopold Verhaven only becomes clear after some time because the mutilated corpse is without its head, legs and feet. Who would be interested in killing this man, a double murderer who spent 24 years in prison?

Determined to let no case go unsolved, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren reopens the case. What he discovers is that Verhaven was a star sprinter before he went to prison for allegedly killing two of his lovers. However, he never confessed to the murders and spent a lifetime proclaiming his innocence. Was he killed because someone thought he had not been punished enough? Or was someone afraid of Verhaven's revenge? A terrible suspicion stalks Van Veeteren: had Verhaven been telling the truth? Was he really innocent?
04
A mother’s dying wish sealed with a deadly promise. Four men with a secret they thought they’d buried decades ago. A detective in love. A man desperate to live despite the shadow of his guilty past.

After hearing her mother’s deathbed confession and following the dreary funeral, Maria Adler realizes she has no other option but to seize upon her mother’s imperative to do something. Dissolving the life she loathes, Maria changes her appearance and disappears. When she emerges, revenge is her sole occupation.

Inspector Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. He was a quiet, utterly dull man, and the only suspicious activity his surviving wife can recall is a series of peculiar phone calls. Repeatedly the telephone would ring, offering nothing but the words of an obscure pop song from the 1960s. This siren song is linked to an identical murder, but the true link between these heinous crimes remains unknown, while a daughter’s pride grows with the satisfaction of vengeance and another detective’s lover offers telling insights that only an outsider could deduce.

With the critical eye and cool observation necessary for a successful chess match, Van Veeteren pursues his subject across the country, wading through outrageous leads and fruitless tips. A breathless thriller full of deception, blackmail, and cold murder, Woman with Birthmark is a chilling read.
05
Dass er spannende Geschichten erzählen kann, deren Auflösung auch Kenner des Genres unerwartet trifft, hat btb-Bestsellerautor Håkan Nesser bereits mehrfach und mit großem Erfolg bewiesen. Seine Fangemeinde in Deutschland ist inzwischen riesig. Mit seinem eigenwilligen Ermittler Van Veeteren hat er einen Helden geschaffen, der das Zeug zum Klassiker hat - ein Mann mittleren Alters mit Magenbeschwerden, der klassische Musik liebt und seine Fälle mit einer Mischung aus schwarzem Humor und Intuition löst. Diesmal steht Van Veeteren vor einer besonders schwierigen Aufgabe. Aus einem Ferienlager sind zwei kleine Mädchen verschwunden. Kurz darauf werden sie ermordet aufgefunden. Steckt ein obskurer Sektenführer hinter den Taten? Oder hat man es mit einem unbekannten Psychopathen zu tun? Vor allem aber: Kann Van Veeteren ihn stoppen, bevor er erneut zuschlägt?


(Bestselling author Håkan Nesser has proven himself several times and with great success that he can tell exciting stories whose dissolution also unexpectedly hits connoisseurs of the genre. His fan base in Germany is now huge. With his idiosyncratic investigator Van Veeteren he has created a hero who has the makings of a classic - a middle-aged man with stomach discomfort, who loves classical music and solves his cases with a mixture of black humor and intuition. This time Van Veeteren faces a particularly difficult task. Two little girls have disappeared from a summer camp. Shortly thereafter, they are found murdered. Is an obscure sect leader behind the deeds? Or is it related to an unknown psychopath? Most importantly, can Van Veeteren stop him before he strikes again?)
06
Vier Rentner feiern in einer Kneipe ihren Lottogewinn. Reichlich angetrunken machen sich die vier auf den Heimweg. Stunden später ist einer von ihnen tot, hinterrücks erstochen in seiner eigenen Wohnung. Kommissar Münster übernimmt den Fall, denn Kommissar Van Veeteren hat sich für ein Jahr beurlauben lassen und arbeitet in einem Antiquariat. Doch keiner seiner Kollegen glaubt, dass er von der Ermittlungsarbeit lassen kann. Und in der Tat holt sich Münster schon bald Rat bei Van Veeteren, denn der Fall wird immer mysteriöser. So präsentiert sich die Witwe des Opfers als Täterin und legt ein Geständnis ab. Van Veeteren ist überzeugt, dass sie lügt...

(Four retirees celebrate their lottery win in a pub. Drowned in drunkenness, the four are making their way home. Hours later, one of them is dead, stabbed in the back of his own apartment. Commissioner Münster takes over the case, because Commissioner Van Veeteren has taken a leave of absence for a year and works in a second-hand bookshop. But none of his colleagues believes that he can let go of the investigation work. In fact, Münster is soon consulting Van Veeteren, because the case is becoming more and more mysterious. So presents the victim's widow as perpetrator and makes a confession. Van Veeteren is convinced that she is lying ... )
07
December i Kymlinge. Familjen Hermansson samlas för att pappa Karl-Erik 65 och äldsta dottern Ebba 40. Men inget är vad det synes vara. Familjesammankomsten får mörka och oanade följder - och när den italienskättade kriminalinspektören Gunnar Barbaroti försöker reda ut vad som egentligen hänt, är det inte utan att han önskar sig en godartad högre makt att ty sig till.

Människa utan hund är den första romanen i Håkan Nessers Barbarotti-kvartett.
08
En sommar i Närke i början av 60-talet. "Det blir en hård sommar", säger den 14-årige Eriks far. Och det blir det. Det Fruktansvärda inträffar och kastar långa skuggor över staden på slätten, över Eriks framtid och människorna i hans närhet. Å andra sidan ger Kim Novak honom en första inblick i vad livet har att erbjuda. Och vad är det som pågår egentligen? Varför föddes Edmund med sex tår på varje fot? Och vad är det för bok Henry, Eriks bror, skriver? Håkan Nesser har blivit flerfaldigt prisbelönad för sina kriminalromaner. Uppväxtskildringen Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö ger ytterligare en dimension åt ett av 90-talets mest spännande och uppmärksammade författarskap.
09
The master of Swedish crime fiction returns with this latest entry into the internationally acclaimed, award-winning mystery series—one of the darkest tales yet in the series that is, as well, an electrifying stand-alone novel.

In the middle of the night, a boy is struck by a car after leaving his girlfriend's house. The driver, drunk, leaves the boy's body by the side of the road and, wrestling with guilt, tries to put it all out of his mind—until a blackmail note arrives. In the meantime, Reinhart, the new chief inspector of the Maardam police force, has set his team to work. But a second, possibly related killing proves that this is no ordinary case. The police, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to these appalling crimes, but as the killer becomes increasingly unhinged and unpredictable, Van Veeteren, now retired, is compelled to re-enter the world he left behind. He will face the greatest trial of his career as he seeks vengeance for the death of someone who was close to him. Told with Håkan Nesser's trademark eye for detail, breakneck plotting, and gut-wrenching moral tension, Hour of the Wolf finds the Nordic noir superstar spinning one of his most spellbinding tales yet.


From the Hardcover edition.
10
Ett antal svenska turister umgås ett par sommarveckor i Finistère i Bretagne i början på 2000-talet, två par och två löshästar, sex nyblivna vänner inalles. De badar, äter, gör utflykter och flirtar en smula över äktenskapsgränserna. Kvar finns några spridda foton, möjligen en gruppbild, en akvarell, och en anonym dagbok som skildrar deras eskapader.

Fem år senare börjar någon döda dem, en efter en, men först sedan kriminalinspektör Gunnar Barbarotti i Kymlinge brevledes förvarnats om morden. Det förblir ett uppmärksammat men ouppklarat mysterium och drevet mot den ansvarige polisen går i kvällspressen.

I den andra boken om Gunnar Barbarotti får vi på nytt möta den luttrade tvivlaren och intresserade bedjaren som vi lärde känna i romanen Människa utan hund. Hans yrkeskarriär förefaller honom alltmer dubiös medan tillvaron i övrigt plötsligt tycks full av nya möjligheter.

Under mottot ”lita aldrig på författaren” iscensätts här en spännande historia om kärlek, svartsjuka och hämnd.Till skillnad från första romanen om Gunnar Barbarott - Människa utan hund - som var en (familje)roman är En helt annan historia en kriminalroman...