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Borkmann's Point
by Hakan Nesser
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Vintage, 2007 (2006)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Borkmann's Point (translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson) is a riveting, suspenseful story told with the finesse of a chess player. Hakan Nesser, an internationally bestselling author, weaves a tale of murder that boggles the mind.

Three men have two things in common. They have all returned to the village of Kaalbrigen after years away in foreign climes. And all three were almost decapitated. It's up to Chief Inspector Van Veeteren to find the killer, with the force already on the scene. Chief of Police Bausen introduces him to the area, to fine wine, and to a brilliant chess match.

Borkmann's Point is crime writing at its best with not an unnecessary word and a tightly conceived plot that keeps the reader turning pages as fast as they can be ingested. The characters come to life on the pages. Kaalbrigen other than seeming to have attracted a killer could be on a traveler's must-see list. And the conclusion of this compelling book is a real stunner.

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