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The Unlucky Lottery (The Van Veeteren Series) Hardcover – 7 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (7 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230745725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230745728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully crafted, the novel once again displays Nesser's trademark compassion and insight into human nature.'
--Sunday Times

'Nesser was dominating Swedish fiction before Stieg Larsson and has sold five million books worldwide. Here he has put together an intriguing plot that keeps twisting right to the very end...The Unlucky Lottery sees Nesser paint a colourful picture of police life and a gripping story of revenge served very cold indeed' --Edinburgh Evening News

'Nesser is one of the best of the Nordic Noir writers, unafraid of moral ambiguity and excellent at building a brooding atmosphere'
--The Guardian

`Nesser's typically quirky The Unlucky Lottery demonstrated that the author's idiosyncratic skills were still firmly in place.'
--The Independent

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A dark family mystery from Hakan Nesser - ‘in the front rank of Swedish crime writers’ The Times

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Format: Hardcover
At the end of `The Inspector and Silence' we saw Chief Inspector Van Veeteren offering his services to the owner of an antiquarian book shop. The case had taken too much out of him and he is now on sabbatical, although right from the start of 'The Unlucky Lottery' I could feel his presence looming in the background. Meanwhile, Inspector Münster is assigned to a rather puzzling case. Four friends have just won the lottery and they go out to celebrate, but tell no-one that they have won. Hours later Waldemar Leverkuhn is stabbed to death in his home. Who would want to brutally murder this harmless old man who appears to have no enemies? Then another member of the syndicate goes missing as well as Waldemar Leverkuhn's neighbour. At this point Münster calls on Van Vetereen for help. Münster uncovers dark secrets about the Leverkuhn family which ultimately threaten his own life.

You may discover the murderer for yourself before the end but then Nesser does provide plenty of clues and his books are as much about character as the plot. He wants the reader to understand why the crime was committed and in doing so leaves us with a sense of moral ambiguity, we know that murder is wrong but ......

Once again Nesser has produced a compelling read with his trademark literary and humorous style. Having read the entire series I wouldn't say that this is his best but I still enjoyed it and look forward to discovering what Van Veeteren does next.
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I love Inspector Van Veeteren and this novel is yet another in the series which ticks all the boxes. The characters are so well drawn and Nesser's books are a clever mix of humour and, at times, the macabre. I particularly liked the idea of lottery winners being targetted as gambling is not for me but the way the book builds to a fitting end is just sublime. Readers of Nordic crime and fans of Nesser will not be disappointed by this latest offering - enjoy!
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I didn't particularly like the subject matter in the previous book in the series, The Inspector and Silence, and hoped that Hakan Nesser would be back to his best with this one and I am pleased to say he was.

Why then 4 stars? I found that there was a fair bit of repetition, ie repeated references to the events of the murders etc. but I was completely hooked and finished it in one sitting,

This is, however, the first of his books I have worked out why one of the murders took place and was sure I knew who the murderer was- I was completely wrong, as usual!

I did miss Van Veeteren a lot of the time, but I do love Munster too. I also like to hear about the private lives of Ewa Moreno and the rest of the team etc, and I like the fact that the stories are not just about Police investigation.

I am just starting the latest, Hour of the Wolf, which is quite bittersweet really as I have loved these books and cannot wait for the next.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
The Unlucky Lottery, once again set in Sorbinowo - a forested Swedish lake side town - is an enjoyable romp that explores not only murder but deeply hidden secrets, secrets that have stayed undiscovered and undisclosed for decades until one pivotal moment causes a ripple effect that changes the lives of all those around it.

In Håkan's previous book - The Inspector and The Silence - it was driven for the most part by Inspector Van Veeteren, a curious, colourful and enigmatic character that certainly carried the book. Towards the end of that book we discover that Van Veeteren has decided to take a sabbatical and work in an antique book store much to the chagrin of his fellow officers. The Unlucky Lottery follows on from this decision, months down the line in fact, and Van Veeteren is comfortable, relaxed and still enjoying the life of leisure, rolling his own cigarettes and sitting in a comfortable chair staring at antique books - getting to know his books he calls it.

In fact, Van Veeteren plays but a cameo role in this book which in turn allows another character to step forward and bask in the limelight - Inspector Münster. Although out of sight, Van Veeteren is never out of mind and the police officers often refer to the great master and comment on how he would approach a particular suspect and pondering what he would do in their shoes.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book - apart from being a very quick read - was the storyline. Waldemar Leverkuhn is out celebrating a lottery win with his fellow winners and the next day he's found brutally stabbed to death in his bed. That same day another member of his small syndicate - and close friend - mysteriously goes missing.
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Although this is the sixth Inspector Van Veeteren novel to
be published in English,Van Veeteren only makes a cameo
appearance. He is taking a sabbatical ,working in a second-
hand bookshop.Yet his influence is still pervasive.
Four elderly men celebrate their lottery win with food and
drink.Hours later one of them Waldemar Leverkuhn,is stabbed
to death in his own flat.Shortly after ,another of the four
goes missing.
Inspector Munster and his colleagues investigate,and have to
seek Van Veeteren's assistance when matters reach a dead-end.
Gradually they begin to uncover unsavoury elements in the
murdered man's history.
As usual,with Nesser,there is much understated humour,
unusual investigation techniques,and the author has the
knack of making one think before coming to judgements.
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