Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.
On a rainy April day, a body—or what is left of it—is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands.
About the Author
HAKAN NESSER was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for "Mind's Eye" (published in Sweden as "Det Grovmaskiga Natet"); he received the best novel award in 1994 for "Borkmann's Point" and in 1996 for "Woman with Birthmark". In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandanavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for "Carambole". Nesser lives in Sweden and London.
Laurie Elmore Thompson is a published author, inspirational speaker, Bible teacher, singer, and songwriter. She and her husband, Kevin, reside in Anderson, SC along with their three children.
“The mystery of a headless corpse . . . brings insight to the puzzle of human behavior.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Foreboding. . . . A number of crime writers try to explore morality and motivation. . . . Nesser achieves more than most.” —Deseret News
“Every bit enjoyably creepy as his previous offering." —Entertainment World
“Mystery fans should rejoice.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch