The Inspector and Silence

The Inspector and Silence

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2011
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It's a very hot 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. But the Pure Life sect choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780375425233
0375425233
Characteristics: 283 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-2015
Alternative Title: Chief inspector and silence.

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LauraSteinert
May 06, 2016

Not as interesting as as the other VV books, but that is partly because VV has become tired, disheartened, and can see little point in fighting the losing battle of crime solving. This is really for people who wish for nothing more than a way out of their pointless lives. Over 50 audience because only we know how tired life can make a person.

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coalbanks
Jun 15, 2014

Best of the series so far. I had not cared much for others in the series, ie Borkman's Point, Mind's Eye but this one was much more to my liking.

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campingmomma
Aug 03, 2012

I wasn't very happy with this book for a number of reasons. The first being it took 1/3 of the book before a body was found and the mystery side of the book started. Second, there seemed to be an unbelievable amount of inspectors and such involved in this book and it was hard to keep track of them. Lastly, I was disappointed that they solved the mystery without really giving you a chance and then told you how they did it. What fun is a mystery if you aren't given the option of figuring it out?

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kobeesdad
Apr 09, 2012

This is the worst detective novel I have ever read. There is no story. The book should be one eighth of its size. Also the author is not doing any credit to the Swedish police. In the story, the cops were more concerned about their summer holidays than the crime they were to solve. No sense of urgency. Strong need for alcohol.

This author is way over rated. Fortunately, I just wasted a day reading it.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This book is #5 in the Inspector Van Veeteren series of ten books, the last three of which have not been translated into English as at early 2012 (as have none so far of the author’s subsequent Inspector Barbarotti series); it’s a good book, but somehow it’s not as engaging as some earlier ones in the series and the humour is more droll.

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22950009541673
Aug 25, 2011

Violence against children is not entertainment.

akarenina Aug 05, 2011

Not as good as Woman with the Birthmark, but still fine.

Over the top with literary allusions: Is the author trying to impress with his literary knowledge?

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LauraSteinert
May 06, 2016

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for 50 years and over

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