The Return by Håkan Nesser

The ReturnFrom Publisher’s Weekly:red_earphones

Nesser’s latest contemporary police procedural, set in his Swedish homeland, is an excellent puzzler that will remind many of the Inspector Morse series. Nesser’s sleuth, Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, is on the eve of major surgery when a baffling murder case is dumped on his team; a mutilated corpse has been found in a ditch, and is eventually identified as that of Leopold Verhaven, a recently released double murderer. Verhaven’s crimes were odd ones-vicious attacks on women decades apart-and his own killing raises the spectre that he was not guilty of them. Van Veeteren and his squad deftly delve through decades of faded eyewitness recollections before reaching a satisfying solution, albeit one that requires the inspector to cross a line to achieve justice. The sardonic Van Veeteren is an enteratining lead character, and this book should lead many to seek out earlier entries in the series.
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AudioFile Magazine (Earphone Winner):

Swedish mystery writer Håkan Nesser demonstrates that he’s every bit as adept an author as his more famous American counterparts. Of course, having Simon Vance at the microphone never hurts. Vance thrives with well-written dialogue, and the give-and-take among Nesser’s characters is ideally designed for him. In particular, Vance molds the exciting plot involving Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, the sleuth at the center of the action. With a deftness of phrase, Vance makes the book a joy and keeps the listener focused. Couple Vance’s performance with a thoroughly satisfying resolution, and it’s clear why THE RETURN, one of a series, will please even the toughest critics. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine – See more at:


About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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