The Unlucky Lottery (The Van Veeteren Series) Hardcover – 7 Oct 2011
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'Beautifully crafted, the novel once again displays Nesser's trademark compassion and insight into human nature.'
'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'
`Nesser's typically quirky The Unlucky Lottery demonstrated that the author's idiosyncratic skills were still firmly in place.'
A dark family mystery from Hakan Nesser - ‘in the front rank of Swedish crime writers’ The TimesSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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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About ten years ago, I read one of the first few books in the Swedish "Inspector Van Veeteren" series -- I don't recall which, but whichever it was, it didn't do enough to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Ross
A slower development than usual perhaps due to the deliberately dull protagonists. Nonetheless an entertaining twist as the plot develops.Published 9 months ago by Dee South East
Nesser has never really managed to leap into the same class as other Scandanavian authors (the usual suspects, Larsson, Mankell, Indridason, Fossum etc) but his books generally... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stuart Wilson
Nesser is an unusual writer, very confident in a reflective style, laced with a dry and sometimes acerbic wit, which sometimes allows the narrative to meander about lacking... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gordon Williams