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The Inspector and Silence (Inspector Van Veeteren, Bk 5)
The Inspector and Silence - Inspector Van Veeteren, Bk 5 Author:Hakan Nesser It's a sweltering summer in Sweden and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp, brutally raped and strangled; the discovery of her body has been p... more »honed in by an anonymous caller.
The members of the sect, the Pure Life, are led by Oscar Yellinek, a charismatic but unnervingly guarded messiah figure. In an act that mystifies and infuriates Van Veeteren and his associates, the members of the Pure Life choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves. But an unidentified woman is continuing to assist the authorities, and her knowledge suggests she's more than just a passing Good Samaritan. Her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.« less
This is a more police procedural than some of his other works but he still instills the suspense needed to carry it to conclusion. Whether it is the author or the translator, the phrasing and language make this a book that brings pleasure.