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The Unlucky Lottery: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery 6 Kindle Edition
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Hakan 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. Hakan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife and spends part of each year in the UK.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 706 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Macmillan; Reprints edition (15 October 2011)
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- Language: : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0069648FM
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Four retired gentlemen ranging in age from sixty-nine to seventy-two years of age discover the shock news that they have had an unexpected windfall on the lottery, winning a combined total of €20,000 and leaving them all richer to the tune of €5,000. Venturing out to celebrate their good fortune they head to their regular haunt with an extra spring in their step. Hours later one of the four men, Waldemar Leverkuhn, is discovered stabbed to death with in excess of twenty wounds. Wife Marie-Louise returns home and discovers the bloodbath and in the absence of Van Veeteren, Inspector Münster heads up the investigation. The lack of forensic clues along with the failure of the fellow residents living in the block to provide any witness accounts leaves Münster with a single starting point; the three other companions who he shared his final night in the company of - Felix Bonger, Benjamin Wauters and Jan Palinski. However, both Wauters and Palinski remain tight-lipped and Bonger promptly goes missing, and it falls to their waitress to share her suspicions of their good fortune.
The weapon - a carving knife - is the only thing that appears to be missing from the crime scene with the door left unlocked, but the frosty reception from the murdered man's wife and children concerns Münster and Moreno. The widower is taken under the wing of her former colleague, Emmeline Von Post, her only friend with daughter, Ruth, and son Mauritz, both keeping their distance and eldest daughter, Irene, resident in a psychiatric hospital for the preceding four years. Whilst Münster and his team recognise that it is easy to be judgmental about others familial relationships the investigation gets nowhere fast despite the brutality of the murder suggesting a frenzied attack with a long-standing hatred the motive. With forward progress stalled and Felix Bonger never appearing to even have made it home on the night in question, the disappearance of the caretakers wife from the block where Leverkuhn lived pushes Münster and Moreno to keep pursuing the matter. Venturing far and wide they question old colleagues and neighbours alike, but the behaviour of the family increasingly causes them to look closer to home with Van Veeteren’s advice proving truer than ever. Glossing over some clear questions surrounding doctor and patient confidentiality, despite the bleak revelations it is a joy to see Münster and Moreno assuming the mantle of Van Veeteren. With the Maardam team faced with three pensioners, one murder and two disappearances, working out the common denominator that links all three proves crucial as time moves on in a fascinating investigation.
Inspectors Münster and Moreno both have interesting personal circumstance and are multifaceted, with family man Münster’s workload and his wife's depression creating problems with his domestic circumstances. Inspector Moreno meanwhile has recently ended her relationship with Claus Badher, her long-term boyfriend of five-years and the obvious attraction between the two compliments a close working team. Despite Münster being reluctant to bother his prosaic mentor he attempts to follow his advice throughout this investigation reflecting on some of his choice advice, specifically that police work is rather like life and ninety five per cent of it is wasted!Despite Van Veeteren’s “bad-tempered expositions and gloomy observations” it is Münster that highlights the clear and “incorruptible spirit present under the surface”, and to a large extent this remains true even with Van Veeteren slightly removed from the action. Another excellent instalment in a wonderful series.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
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.