Brian R. Martin

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Borkmann's Point (The Van Veeteren Series) by Håkan Nesser
This is one of a series of books about Inspector Van Veeteren by the hugely successful Swedish author Hakan Nesser, who has sold over 5 million books in the series, according to the blurb inside the cover. If this volume is typical of others in the series, I fail to understand their success.

It's a variation of a police procedural, but where the solution to the crimes is found more by inspired hunches than deduction, rather in the style of Inspector Morse. The plot revolves around the brutal murders of three men, all killed by a vicious blow with an axe. This is left at the scene of the third murder, suggesting that it is the final one that will be committed. Van Veeteren has… Read more
The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson
The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson
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The time is 1946; the place is Berlin. The city is almost totally destroyed and its inhabitants are surviving as best they can in an atmosphere of lies, suspicion and deceit. Some clear rubble, others sell their bodies to the occupying troops, many live by their wits trading small items on the black market. One of the latter is Kasper Meier, who lives in a shattered apartment and looks after his sick father in an adjoining flat. Kasper also supplements his income by finding people and information. He is gay, still illegal in Germany of course, and just wants to stay unnoticed by the authorities, but his life is changed by the visit of a young woman, Eva Hirsch. She asks him to find a… Read more
(You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips&hellip by Norman Latov
Nerve damage (neuropathy) is a widespread condition and peripheral neuropathy (which mostly involves the feet and hands) is one of the most common varieties, with symptoms that range from minor inconvenience to major debility. Although there are many known causes of peripheral neuropathy, a high proportion of cases are still in the category of idiopathic (`we have no idea'). But whether the cause is known or unknown, the condition has remained stubbornly resistant to finding a cure, and treatment is mainly pain relief and advice to mitigate the effects of the condition and to slow its progress. In this situation, many sufferers turn to self-help books for advice and information, of which… Read more