While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch. The body has no hands, feet, or head, but this was not the work of wild animals. A brutal killer is on the loose but who is the victim?
From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that involve a nun who hides a secret, a crippled woman, the murders of two other women, and a former track star who served two sentences for murder and has been missing since the date of his return to society.
No one is who they appear to be, and a sleepy village finds itself reopening cases long considered closed. With the assistance of his colleagues, Van Veeteren faces the prospect of taking the law into his own hands in the face of a flawed system of justice.
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.
Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.