Münster's Case

Münster's Case

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Book - 2012
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For Waldemar Leverkuhn the day could not have begun more auspiciously. He and three of his friends, all retirees, have just won the lottery. It's a modest sum when split four ways--certainly not enough to lift Waldemar out of the plain apartment he shares with his quiet, weary wife--but it's enough for the old men to toast their good luck with a blowout at their favorite bar. The celebration ends, however, with Waldemar drunk, stumbling, belligerent, and eventually dead in his own bed, stabbed twenty-eight times in the chest with a carving knife.
 
Taking charge of the case is Intendent Münster, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren's longtime right-hand man, and his beguiling colleague Ewa Moreno. They seem to have a surefire lead with the disappearance of one of Waldemar's friends on the same night as the murder, but after a cursory look into his whereabouts produces more questions than answers, the investigation suddenly seems to solve itself when Marie-Louise Leverkuhn, Waldemar's wife, confesses to the crime and calmly resigns herself to her fate. The case is, but all accounts, closed. That is, until one of the Leverkuhns' neighbors in the same unassuming block of apartments goes missing and turns up--spectacularly, gruesomely--in pieces around the city.
 
Thrown back into the fog and chasing after wisps of clues that tenuously but inextricably link the murders, Müenster and Moreno take center stage in Håkan Nesser's haunting new addition to his acclaimed series.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307906861
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm.

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profhimes
Jun 04, 2019

other title is "unlucky lottery" this is book 6

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Wandareads
Nov 17, 2018

This was an incredibly dreary story, very depressing. I was expecting to be entertained, but had to fight the urge to slit my wrists.

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LauraSteinert
May 13, 2016

I thought it was going to be disappointing because I really liked V V, and I didn't know if a book without him would hold my attention. This one was one of the best of the series. The police are so different from USA TV cops that I wonder and am amazed at all the eating and drinking it takes to solve a case--not to mention racket ball games and trips to the sauna!

JeremiahSutherland Dec 31, 2014

This book was actually written in the 90's and has probably been trotted out in reaction to the popularity of Scandinavian cop stories.
Dull. Like watching paint dry. The story spends more time exploring the relationships among the cops than in any kind of investigation.

jeanner222 Sep 03, 2012

This is the 6th entry in the Van Veeteren series. I have contended that this series is plot, rather than character-driven, and that is why I enjoy this series. This latest novel, however, has changed my opinion of this series.

Van Veeteren really is the heart and soul of this series. How do I know? This novel does not feature the venerable Chief Inspector and suffers dearly for it.

Briefly: Waldemar Leverkuhn is a man with little joy in his life. When he and his three friends win the lottery, there is, for a moment, sunshine in his bleak existence. Though the friends are able to celebrate their winnings, their celebration is short-lived. After returning home that night, Leverkuhn is stabbed to death. And then, just as mysteriously, one of his other lottery-winning pals disappears.

It is up to Intendent Münster and Ewa Moreno to find the killer. Obviously, they are not quite up to the task. And yes, they have to consult Van Veeteren.

I missed VV’s mental processes in solving the mystery. I missed his drinking. And I missed him playing badminton. Hopefully, Van Veeteren will be returning to the force because he is sorely needed!

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LauraSteinert
May 15, 2016

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LauraSteinert
May 15, 2016

"My back isn't what it used to be. It never was."

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