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  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    An axe murderer.Swedish writer Hakan Nesser s second Inspector Van Veeteren is about, no kidding, an axe murderer In Nesser s fictional Maardam which is somewhere in Northern Europe Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is on holiday in the coastal village of Kaalbringen also a fictional town when he is asked to assist the local law enforcement with tracking down the killer of two local men The men had been almost decapitated and left to be found, having been struck from behind with what An axe murderer.Swedish writer Hakan Nesser s second Inspector Van Veeteren is about, no kidding, an axe murderer In Nesser s fictional Maardam which is somewhere in Northern Europe Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is on holiday in the coastal village of Kaalbringen also a fictional town when he is asked to assist the local law enforcement with tracking down the killer of two local men The men had been almost decapitated and left to be found, having been struck from behind with what seems to be a very sharp axe.Nesser s murky and cerebral style is well suited to Nordic Noir and Van Veeteren is a Holmesesque type of sleuth ponderous, thoughtful and investigating the murders as he would brooding over a chess game while drinking vintage spirits The investigation takes a crucial turn when a member of the investigating team is kidnapped.The strength of this novel is Nesser s superbly complicated characterizations and dialogue More so than in 1993 s Mind s Eye, the reader gets to knowabout Van Veeteren s team and alsoabout the detective himself Also noteworthy is Nesser s shifting perspective that includes omnipresent scenes with the murderer.First published in Sweden in 1994 as Borkmanns punkt, I read and enjoyed the 2006 English translation by Laurie Thompson For fans of Nesser and for Nordic Noir readers


  2. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Borkmann s Point the point beyond which we really don t need anyinformation When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothingthan some decent thinking And it is precisely at this point that Inspector Van Veeteren begins to focus on the identity of the Axman, so called because of his propensity to commit murder with an axe The inhabitants of the small Swedish town of Kaalbringen have become paralyzed with fear after the third murder, and it Borkmann s Point the point beyond which we really don t need anyinformation When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothingthan some decent thinking And it is precisely at this point that Inspector Van Veeteren begins to focus on the identity of the Axman, so called because of his propensity to commit murder with an axe The inhabitants of the small Swedish town of Kaalbringen have become paralyzed with fear after the third murder, and it is up to Inspector Van Veeteren, along with the members of the local police force, to stop this man before he can strike again There are a couple of fine red herrings put before the reader along the way, and the ending threw me for a loop.I really enjoyed Nesser s style of writing here Very unhurried, very understated, so that the reader just sort of falls into the story very easily It s the same with his portrayal of Van Veeteren you just sense that the inspector is going to get his job done, but that he s biding his time I enjoy this style and this sort of characterization.General mystery readers will truly enjoy this one, as will those who already read such authors as Henning Mankell or Kerstin Ekman who also hail from Sweden I am now off to by the next book featuring Van Veeteren


  3. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description 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 likeDescription 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.Opening Had Ernst Simmel known he was to be the Axman s second victim, he would no doubt have drowned a fewdrinks at The Blue Ship.The one with an extended holiday due to a serial axe murderer.3 Mind s Eye Inspector Van Veeteren 1 3 Borkmann s Point Inspector Van Veeteren 2 4 The Return3 Woman With A BirthmarkTR The Inspector and Silence Inspector Van Veeteren 5


  4. Tahmeena Tahmeena says:

    After a very good Mind s Eye , I found this book slightly disappointing The plot felt slow at times, which was pretty frustrating However, that might be exactly what the author intended the reader to become as frustrated as the investigative team with the lack of progress in solving the crime If so, he was successful Having said that, this book hadgood qualities than bad The mystery was interesting enoughthe bad guy was literally an axe murderer The conclusion was somewhat surp After a very good Mind s Eye , I found this book slightly disappointing The plot felt slow at times, which was pretty frustrating However, that might be exactly what the author intended the reader to become as frustrated as the investigative team with the lack of progress in solving the crime If so, he was successful Having said that, this book hadgood qualities than bad The mystery was interesting enoughthe bad guy was literally an axe murderer The conclusion was somewhat surprising and satisfying, albeit a little abrupt I really liked the new characters, especially Beate Moerk Most of the female characters in this genre seem similar after a while, they all sort of blur and I find it hard to remember who belongs to what series I found Beate to be a little different from her counterparts in other books she was very likable while being ambitious and pretty self confident All in all, I am glad that I discovered this series


  5. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    It read easily but without flair Too much padding in attempt to prolong little bursts of weak suspense Too much extraneous detail about various characters interior lives which was completely irrelevant to the story, without the saving grace of providing a different perspective into the human condition This seems to be a common pitfall in this genre Enjoyed the short snippets of the villain s POV Other than the names, it felt generic.


  6. Mark Stevens Mark Stevens says:

    Borkmann is an old cop, one of the few that Chief Inspector Van Veeteren respects Van Veeteren is thinking about Borkmann while he s sitting in the tub, three bottles of brown ale in a bucket of cold water on the floor and a dish of fat olives within easy reach In every investigation, Borkmann maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don t really need anyinformation When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothingthan some decent thi Borkmann is an old cop, one of the few that Chief Inspector Van Veeteren respects Van Veeteren is thinking about Borkmann while he s sitting in the tub, three bottles of brown ale in a bucket of cold water on the floor and a dish of fat olives within easy reach In every investigation, Borkmann maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don t really need anyinformation When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothingthan some decent thinking A good investigation should try to establish when that point has been reached, or rather, when it has been passed in his memoirs, Borkmann went so far as to claim it was precisely this ability, or lack of it, which distinguishes a good detective from a bad one Borkmann weighs his woes Three murder victims, all slain with an ax And now a missing fellow inspector, a woman It s possible all the details he needs are already before him Borkmann s Point is a thinker, a procedural with many points of view Pay attention Nesser does not do much hand holding Hats off to Nesser for not overdoing the killer point of view, keeping him down to earth if that s possible He s not foaming at the mouth, which makes him scarier The pace here is steady but it s not footraces and speeding cars, it s the cumulative weight of earnest detectives Van Veeteren has a stable of help from the locals doing their best Borkmann s Point stays within itself There s restraint and calm as tensions heighten, nothingthan the relentless footsteps of detectives making their way along the uneven cobblestone steps, analyzing and reanalyzing the clues they have already found Finally, of course, the vague outlines take on real shape and the flickering and shadows become the madman, right under Van Veeteren s nose And ours


  7. Lynn Lynn says:

    Enjoyed the pace and characters Van Veeteren is growing on me.


  8. Naomi Naomi says:

    There will be absolutely no hint of spoilers in Nesser reviews from me I found Nesser books after running out of Karin Fossum books to read Nesser s writing is excellent and does an unbelievable job at sucking the reader in to the twisted story being laid out For some reason, in the majority of Scandanavian mystery writers I have found, their ability to do that is second to no other countries mystery writers The only thing I am not happy about with Nesser s books is that it takes WAY too lon There will be absolutely no hint of spoilers in Nesser reviews from me I found Nesser books after running out of Karin Fossum books to read Nesser s writing is excellent and does an unbelievable job at sucking the reader in to the twisted story being laid out For some reason, in the majority of Scandanavian mystery writers I have found, their ability to do that is second to no other countries mystery writers The only thing I am not happy about with Nesser s books is that it takes WAY too long to have them translated and released in the US


  9. Sharon Sharon says:

    Started off quite interesting then started to meander and plod Seemed to me that Inspector Van Veeteren view spoiler spent too much time faffing about playing chess and picking his teeth with toothpicks and not enough time looking for the missing policewoman hide spoiler.As I got hold of the next book in this series before reading this one, I will persist and read it to see if they getinteresting Started off quite interesting then started to meander and plod Seemed to me that Inspector Van Veeteren view spoiler spent too much time faffing about playing chess and picking his teeth with toothpicks and not enough time looking for the missing policewoman hide spoiler.As I got hold of the next book in this series before reading this one, I will persist and read it to see if they getinteresting


  10. Larissa Larissa says:

    The basic premise is this Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren of the imaginary city of Maarsdam is vacationing in the nearby seaside town Kaalbringen Although he s scheduled to go back to work, he s recruited to stay in town and join forces with the local Kaalbringen police after a man murdered with an ax is discovered Shortly after, there is another murder similar in method, although the victims have nothing apparent in common While he quickly bonds with the members of the Kaalbringen The basic premise is this Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren of the imaginary city of Maarsdam is vacationing in the nearby seaside town Kaalbringen Although he s scheduled to go back to work, he s recruited to stay in town and join forces with the local Kaalbringen police after a man murdered with an ax is discovered Shortly after, there is another murder similar in method, although the victims have nothing apparent in common While he quickly bonds with the members of the Kaalbringen police force particularly the clever inspector Beate Moerk and DCI Bausen , Van Veeteren sees no solution, even as the case drags on for two months and results in yet another murder.Some thoughts on the tepid execution no pun intended of this story 1 Borkmann s Point now has the dubious distinction of introducing the most transparent killer since my Mary Higgins Clark reading days I honestly guessed the killer on page 59 the book is 321 pages total and while there were moments throughout that were meant to telegraph the murderer s identity to the reader, it s clear that the big reveal at the end is supposed to be a shocker But it isn t, except perhaps to Van Veeteren, who for months has been dispensing sage advice and telling people that he ll only have to set eyes on the murder s type and then he ll know whodunit If this is supposed to be ironic, it doesn t come across at all We are later supposed to believe that Van Veeteren was actually on to the killer much sooner, but Nesser purposefully cloaks his hero s thoughts and much of his investigative work in secrecy We re told that VV makes calls to follow up on hunches, but we don t know to who or what he finds out He takes trips to check out clues, but he doesn t tell us or his underlings where he is going It s like reading an Agatha Christie novel, but without the charm The only thing that makes this anybearable is that the police inspector who joins Van Veeteren from Maarsdam M nster frequently notes that his boss is sitting there, playing the asshole and being mysterious again, which does provide a nice bit of relief from The Great Detective s ego 2 Nesser is awful at writing women There is a chapter in which inspector Beate Moerk is at home, contemplating the case, her weight, and her status as a single woman and a female detective, during which Nesser writes, She started soaping her breastsstill firm and bouncy another recurrent thought was that one day she would start to dislike her breasts the whole of her body come to that But naturally, that was a trauma she shared with all women Ugh Later, Van Veeteren meets a woman in the course of the case and makes an empty promise about how long it ll take him to crack it The woman leaves, comforted, and VV snickers to himself How easy it is to fool a womana woman you ve only known for five minutes Again, there might be some underlying irony here Van Veeteren is arrogant about fooling ladies all while he s being fooled himself But even so, the sort of easy chauvinism here only made me like him less than I already did 3 These people are investigating a serial ax murderer and yet, not much investigating seems to really happen Even if there aren t a lot of clues, it seems to me that it d be worth spending fartime tracking down former associates, lovers, flat mates, etc to getinsight into the lives of the victims Find possible connections Right As is, everyone spends the day kinda sorta talking about the case at the local pastry shop and they all go home at the end of the day with a bit of a shrug Van Veeteren spends night after night with DCI Bausen playing chess, eating rich gourmet dinners, and sampling multiple bottles of fine vintage wine from Bausen s private collection No one really seems all that fussed, honestly, except for M nster, the skeptical inspector from Maarsdam who wants to go home to his wife and kids Which makes me think that maybe we d all be better served if the book was about M nster who cares even a little about the outcome of the case as opposed to Van Veeteren


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Borkmann's Point ❮PDF❯ ⚣ Borkmann's Point ✈ Author Håkan Nesser – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Borkmann s rule was hardly a rule in fact, it was of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don t really need any information Borkmann s rule was hardly a rule in fact, it was of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don t really need any information When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing than some decent thinking A seedy ex con and a wealthy real estate mogul are brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen Chief Inspector van Veeteren, bored of his holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the local authorities But there seems to be nothing to link the victims Another body is discovered, again with no obvious connection, and the pressure mounts The local police chief, just days away from retirement, is determined to wrap things up before he goes Then there s a fourth murder, and a brilliant young female detective goes missing perhaps she has reached Borkmann s Point before anyone else This riveting novel, full of fascinating, quirky characters and vivid settings, introduces the chess playing Inspector van Veeteren a detective already beloved by his European readership and marks the UK debut of Hakan Nesser, a chilling new voice in crime fiction On this showing, Inspector Van Veeteren seems destined for a place amongst the great European detectives Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse.