A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . .
Woman with Birthmark by Håkan Nesser is the fourth title in his atmospheric Van Veeteren series.
A young woman shivers in the December cold as her mother's body is laid to rest in a cemetery. The only thing that warms her is the thought of the revenge she will soon take . . .
Then a middle-aged man is killed at his home, shot twice in the chest and twice below the belt. He had recently received a series of bizarre phone calls where an old song is played down the line – evoking an eerie sense of both familiarity and unease. Before the police can find the culprit, a second man is killed in the same way.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and his team must dig far back into each man's past – but with few clues at each crime scene, can they find the killer before anyone else dies?
Woman with Birthmark is followed by the fifth book in the series, The Inspector and Silence.
Chief Insp. Van Veeteren heads a sterling ensemble cast in Nesser s fine police procedural, his second (after Borkmann s Point) to win the best novel award from the Swedish Crime Writers Academy. A nameless young woman, soon after burying her mother and learning what sealed her mother s fate and her own, embarks on a ruthless course of vengeance. While the woman s motivation remains vague, her method is crystal clear killing shots at close range followed by additional shots below the belt. There are virtually no clues when the first victim is found, and precious few when the second occurs less than two weeks later. Slow, meticulous police work eventually produces a tenuous connection between the victims one that suggests a potential pool of almost 30 targets. Nesser keeps readers guessing whether the killer will complete her gruesome task before the police can uncover the fatal link that binds killer and victims.