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The Weeping Girl (The Van Veeteren Series) [Hardcover]

Hakan Nesser
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25 April 2013 The Van Veeteren Series (Book 8)

Winnie Maas died because she changed her mind . . .

A community is left reeling after a teacher – Arnold Maager – is convicted of murdering his female pupil Winnie Maas. It seems the girl had been pregnant with Maager’s child.

Years later, on her eighteenth birthday, Maager’s daughter Mikaela finally learns the terrible truth about her father. Desperate for answers, Mikaela travels to the institution at Lejnice, where Maager has been held since his trial. But soon afterwards she inexplicably vanishes.

Detective Inspector Ewa Moreno from the Maardam Police is on holiday in the area when she finds herself drawn into the case of Mikaela’s disappearance. But before she can make any headway in the investigation, Maager himself disappears – and then a body is found. It will soon become clear to Ewa that only unravelling the events of the past will unlock this dark mystery . . .

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (25 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0230766153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230766150
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for his novel The Mind's Eye (published in Sweden as The Wide-Mesh Net); 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 Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. His novels have been published to acclaim in nine countries. Nesser was born in Sweden, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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Håkan Nesser is one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award) 2010/11, the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. The Van Veeteren series is published in over 25 countries and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Håkan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife and spends part of each year in the UK.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Nesser... 25 April 2013
Another one for you Scandinavian crime fiction fans from the consistently superb Hakan Nesser. The Weeping Girl sees ex-Chief Inspector Van Veeteren's protege DI Ewa Moreno take the reins in this intriguing investigation, following the time honoured tradition of crime fiction protagonists unable to take a holiday without being immersed in a murder mystery...

It's always difficult I would think to introduce a convincing new character from the shadows of such a compelling figure as Van Veeteren who has been at the heart of Nesser's previous books, but he achieves this with aplomb. Using Van Veeteren as her point of reference in her machinations of this perplexing case, his voice can still be heard loud and clear, and Moreno soon proves herself to be an able protege of the now retired detective. Moreno is an assured combination of dedicated and compassionate police officer, cut through with the normal doubts of a woman in the throes of a new relationship Moreno's words `bloke/lover/stallion'. This is indicative of the humour that cuts through the plot with Moreno as queen of the apt aside to relieve the tension of this disturbing case, and as in Nesser's previous books, these forays into the realm of humour are balanced perfectly. The characterisation is excellent throughout, with Moreno clashing horns with the utterly inept, and `stiff-collared pain in the neck' local police chief Vrommel, but finds an ally in the charming and intuitive detective Vegesack, who more than proves his worth in terms of his dogged determination to get to the bottom of this case taking some degree of delight in ticking off his boss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nesser is back! 18 May 2013
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This is what crime fiction should be - intriguing plot, well-drawn range of characters and unpredictable. One of the best crime books I've read recently.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars translation issues 12 May 2013
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The story itself was good, although not top class. The translation left a lot to be desired and made for a stilted, awkward read. Phrases were mangled, emotions subdued and generally took the edge off the book. Would read this author again, but will check the translator first!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut for Moreno 6 May 2013
By Chris W
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Having really enjoyed the previous books, I was unsure how this story would proceed without the great VV in the driving seat. Moreno becomes involved in a case whilst on holiday and as such is not directly responsible for it. The plot is well crafted and the ending not as I had expected .VV makes a guest appearance which was a bonus. I found it interesting and enjoyable and finished the book fairly quickly. I preferred this book to the previous one in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved every minute of this book! 15 July 2014
By Nat
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Excellent book! Really enjoy Haakan Nessar books. Kept me interested from page one. Have bought the next one in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but misdescribed as a Van Veetern Book 13 Jun 2014
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A very good read but rather misdescribed as a Van Veeteren Book. It should be described as a Moreno book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but a predictable ending 17 May 2014
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This is my second Nesser book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However I found the ending a little disappointing and predictable, as though he didn't know where to take the story and he rushed the finish. I preferred the Stranglers Honeymoon. However I would recommend it and am trying to decide which book in the series to read next
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van Veeteren Classic 13 May 2014
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Another great read from Hakana Nesser - wel recommended to lose yourself in the morning commute with.... Have bought Kindle and hardback editions now
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Weeping Girl by Hakan Nes
After finding the first few pages a little uninspiring I found the story fascinating and really cared about the lives of the central characters. Read more
Published 2 days ago by albert farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Waasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great crime novel
I've enjoyed several of Nesser's Van Veeteren series, and this was no exception. VV himself is no longer the central character, instead Ewa Moreno is the focus here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. V. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Ewa Moreno Rules!
I loved the focus on this unique character. Her thought processes are always worth reading. She has a funny and practical take on life, and in her way is as brilliant and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Victoria Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story well told
I love the ambiguity of Nesser locations, you assume you are in The Netherlands then something incongruous pops up and sends you guessing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. L. Towell
3.0 out of 5 stars No VV
Inspector Van Veeteren has retired and doesn't feature in this book, which for his fans is disappointing.
Eva Moreno however is an admirable successor.
Published 5 months ago by clare henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow a great read once again
He is superb and if you read his books you will be delighted once again ,if this is your first Nesser book you will enjoy it too
Published 6 months ago by Terry
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite Poor
I hadn't come across this author before, but being a fan of detective fiction I thought the premise sounded good - unfortunately after reading the book I won't be rushing to pick... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anderssen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I'm a fan of Nesser, and have enjoyed the VV series, so I had good expectations when buying this. But I found the story, and particularly the telling of it, well below the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Greyhound
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