The Inspector and Silence Paperback
by Hakan Nesser
In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fug of heat.
In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge's tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone-call from an anonymous woman.
She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery.
But Van Veeteren's investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast.
The strange priest-like figure who leads the sect -Oscar Yellineck- refuses even to admit anyone is missing.
Things soon take a sinister turn, however, when a young girl's body is discovered in the woods, raped and strangled; and Yellineck himself disappears.
Yet even in the face of these new horrors, the remaining members of the sect refuse to co-operate with Van Veeteren, remaining largely silent.
As the body count rises, a media frenzy descends upon the town and the pressure to find the monster behind the murders weighs heavily on the investigative team. Finally Van Veeteren realises that to solve this disturbing case, faced with silence and with few clues to follow, he has only his intuition to rely on...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/04/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780330512503
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Review by Erratic_Charmer
Inspector Van Veeteren’s dreams of retirement are interrupted by a series of brutal rape-murders of adolescent girls from the summer camp of the ‘Pure Life’ Christian sect. The head of the Pure Life sect vanishes on the night of the second murder and the investigation is brought to a halt when the remaining summer camp attendees and leaders refuse to say a word to the investigating officers. I do usually enjoy the Van Veeteren mysteries but this one moved at a pretty slow pace, mostly because of that stubborn silence of key witnesses, and found the resolution of the mystery too dependent on chance to make a good detective story.