Detective M�nster-Van Veeteren's longtime sidekicktakes center stage in this intensely suspenseful crime novel.
For Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retiree living with his wife in an unassuming block of apartments, the day couldn't begin more auspiciously. He and three friends have won the lottery. It's a modest but healthy sum of money and the old men toast to their good luck with a celebratory dinner. The day ends, however, with Leverkuhn drunk, stumbling, belligerent, and eventually dead in his bed, stabbed twenty-eight times in the chest with a carving knife. After a cursory investigation that only leads to more questions than answers, Leverkuhn's quiet, weary wife confesses to her husband's murder. The case seems to have solved itself, but when the Leverkuhn's formidable neighbor Else Van Eck goes missing and is later discovered murdered in gruesome fashion, Detective M�nster and his team find themselves back in the fog and chasing after wisps of clues that indicate that the murders are inextricably linked.
Intendent Munster steps out of the shadow of his old boss, the now fully retired Inspector Van Veeteren, in Nesser's sterling sixth Inspector Van Veeteren mystery (after 2011's The Inspector and Silence). Munster has to figure out who stabbed retiree Waldemar Leverkuhn 28 times in his sleep on the night he and three of his friends celebrated winning the lottery. Their shared winnings come out to about 5,000 guilders each, hardly worth murdering for, and Leverkuhn appeared to be a harmless old man without enemies, despite his emotionally frozen family. As Munster and his team investigate, another lottery winner vanishes. The discovery of the body of one of Leverkuhn's neighbors raises the ante. Gallows humor punctuates the solid plot as Munster's introspective musings lead to a surprising ending. Munster's growing self-confidence and his insight show that he can carry the series on his own. Agency: Bonnier Group Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 06, 2012
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