Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser (b. 1950) is one of Sweden’s most beloved and renowned authors. He divides his time between Stockholm and the island of Gotland. He has sold more than 15 million copies in more than 30 languages, and has written 42 novels to date.

Books by Håkan Nesser

Woman With A Birthmark

Håkan Nesser

A number of men have been shot dead at close range. What is behind these cold-blooded killings? What does the music that is played on the victims’ telephones mean?Superintendent Van Veeteren reluctantly digs down deep into a tragic story.The woman wi…

Swedish title: Kvinna med födelsemärke

Series: Van Veeteren 4

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

The Worms of Carmine Street

Håkan Nesser

The island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River is probably the most densely populated district in the world. This area is also home to more tales and stories than anywhere else. The Worms of Carmine Street is one of them. It was written dur…

Swedish title: Maskarna på Carmine Street

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 14-08-2009

The Weeping Girl

Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser’s astonishingly successful Van Veeteren series continues with the eighth book, THE WEEPING GIRL.Winnie Maas died because she changed her mind . . .A community is left reeling after a teacher – Arnold Maager – is convicted of murdering hi…

Swedish title: Ewa Morenos fall

Series: Van Veeteren 8

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 04-02-2000

The Unlucky Lottery

Håkan Nesser

Four companions have won the lottery. But someone sticks a knife in one of them, twenty or thirty times, before they have had time to run through the money. Since Superintendent Van Veeteren is on leave to devote his time to secondhand books, it is I…

Swedish title: Münsters fall

Series: Van Veeteren 7

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

The Summer of Kim Novak

Håkan Nesser

One summer in Närke at the beginning of the sixties. “It’s going to be a hard summer”, says 14-year-old Erik’s father. And it is.This is the summer when Kim Novak gives Erik his first glimpse of what life has to offer. But what is actually happening?…

Swedish title: Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 23-09-2005

The Strangler’s Honeymoon

Håkan Nesser

The police fear that a serial killer is on the loose in Maardam. When the retired Superintendent Van Veeteren reluctantly leaves his cosy secondhand bookshop – to be confronted, as a private investigator, with yet another violent criminal – he uncove…

Swedish title: Svalan, katten, rosen, döden

Series: Van Veeteren 9

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 11-05-2001

The Story of Mr Roos

Håkan Nesser

Mr. Roos is a man whose charm can be compared to a glass of lukewarm water…59 years old Ante Valdemar Roos lives with his second wife and barely gets along with his two stepdaughters. One day, a winning lottery ticket makes it possible for him to f…

Swedish title: Berättelse om herr Roos

Series: The Barbarotti Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 15-08-2008

The Sky Over London

Håkan Nesser

A far-ranging novel about swinging London at the end of the sixties – cleverly set as the division of an inheritance at a dinner party, also in London, but in the early years of the 21st century. The love story, which is central to the novel, goes ba…

Swedish title: Himmel över London

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 29-07-2011

The Shadows and the Rain

Håkan Nesser

Viktor Vinblad was hard to understand. He sang the Psalms back to front and his parents killed each other. At fifteen years of age he was on the way to solving Fermat’s riddle but fell out of the window on the second floor at school. He did not die b…

Swedish title: Skuggorna och regnet

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 14-05-2004

The Root of Evil

Håkan Nesser

A friendly vacation with dramatic consequencesOne summer in the early 2000s, a handful of Swedish tourists spend a couple of weeks together in Finistère, Brittany. Two couples and two singletons – in all, six newfound friends. They spend their days s…

Swedish title: En helt annan historia

Series: The Barbarotti Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 03-04-2007

The Return

Håkan Nesser

One quiet August morning an alleged double murderer leaves prison. One rainy April day the next year a mutilated human body is found in a ditch. Is there a connection?Superintendent Van Veeteren is faced with an unhappy human destiny – and a case in…

Swedish title: Återkomsten

Series: Van Veeteren 3

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

The Lonely Ones

Håkan Nesser

A trip behind the Iron Curtain would change their lives forever…It begins in 1969. Six young people arrive in Uppsala. Different circumstances push the three young couples together and, over the course of a few years, they become friends. A summer…

Swedish title: De ensamma

Series: The Barbarotti Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 21-05-2010

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

Håkan Nesser

One night in November, a woman arrives in Winsford, on Exmoore of southwest England. She settles in with her dog in a remote house on the moor. She doesn’t use her real name, and why she has come to stay remains unclear. She wanders in thorns, fog an…

Swedish title: Levande och döda i Winsford

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 09-07-2013

The Left-Handed League

Håkan Nesser

The long-awaited meeting of legendary detectives Van Veeteren and Barbarotti is finally hereWhen Marten Winckelstroop and Rejmus Fiste were still pupils at Ooesterby Junior School, they formed The Left-Handed League. Several decades later, an old boa…

Swedish title: De vänsterhäntas förening

Series: Van Veeteren/Barbarotti

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 27-07-2018

The Inspector and Silence

Håkan Nesser

An anonymous woman reports that girls are disappearing from a summer camp in The Pure Life cult outside the little town of Sorbinowo. Is she telling the truth? Who is she? And what is it that is hidden behind the sect leader’s fanaticism? Superintend…

Swedish title: Kommissarien och tystnaden

Series: Van Veeteren 5

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 01-09-1997

The G File

Håkan Nesser

”G. This was about case G., nothing else, he decided. No woolly personal motives, no euphemisms, just the same old question that has haunted him for fifteen years. Who killed Barbara Clarissa Hennan? Or rather: how on earth did G go about killing her…

Swedish title: Fallet G

Series: Van Veeteren 10

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

The Fly and The Eternity

Håkan Nesser

Maertens is fifty-four years old. He has begun to lose control of his life and gets silent phone calls from an unknown person. The woman he has had a long relationship with has left him. There is a strange change in the skin on his chest. The writing…

Swedish title: Flugan och evigheten

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 31-08-1999

The Eyes of Eugen Kallmann

Håkan Nesser

Swedish title: Eugen Kallmanns ögon

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 18-07-2016

The Darkest Day

Håkan Nesser

When family secrets are revealedIt is December in Kymlinge and the Hermansson family gather to celebrate a 105th birthday party – dad Karl-Erik is turning 65, his eldest daughter Ebba, 40. But nothing goes according to plan. On the night before the b…

Swedish title: Människa utan hund

Series: The Barbarotti Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 07-04-2006

The Chronicles of Adalbert Hanzon

Håkan Nesser

A new stand-alone from one of Sweden’s most beloved authors, Håkan Nesser.“Despite what you might think, you do not matter to the world at all.”Those were the words of Adalbert Hanzon’s father to him as a child. Not the most encouraging words perhaps…

Swedish title: Halvmördaren

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 09-08-2019

The Choreographer

Håkan Nesser

A man and a woman. He sees her one day when winter is over; somewhat hesitantly she is choosing a dress in a shop. He speaks to her. She answers. Thus they become – guided by an inexorable choreography – a couple.But the story is played out both then…

Swedish title: Koreografen

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 21-01-2002

The Butcher from Little Burma

Håkan Nesser

The fifth and final book about the police Gunnar Barbarotti from the town Kymlinge. It is also the first and only book about Ellen Bjarnebo, known as the Butcheress of Little Burma. For personal reasons inspector Gunnar Barbarotti is unfit for work….

Swedish title: Styckerskan från Lilla Burma

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 14-09-2012

Mind's Eye

Håkan Nesser

In the murky grey town of Maardam, somewhere in Europe, Superintendent Van Veeteren and his colleagues have to deal with the case of Janek Mattias Mitter – the high school teacher who cannot remember whether he has murdered his wife or not. They litt…

Swedish title: Det grovmaskiga nätet

Series: Van Veeteren 1

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

Intrigo

Håkan Nesser

INTRIGO— Now a major Hollywood production, directed by Daniel Alfredson, featuring Ben Kingsley Håkan’s books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide and are translated into more than twenty languages. Now, Håkan is about to become known to the ci…

Swedish title: Intrigo

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 22-12-2017

Hour of the Wolf

Håkan Nesser

A drunk driver runs down a young boy. He runs away from the scene of the accident but his life is turned upside down. Increasingly desperate evasive action drives him mad. Superintendent Reinhart and the recently created secondhand bookshop owner Van…

Swedish title: Carambole

Series: Van Veeteren 7

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 19-03-1999

From Doctor Klimke's Horizon

Håkan Nesser

In From Doctor Klimke’s Horizon we meet the language teacher who receives a hand written message from a woman who has been dead for thirty years, the author who travels to the city of death and sighs and is drawn into the suicide pact of a pair of lo…

Swedish title: Från doktor Klimkes horisont

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 03-05-2005

Eleven Days in Berlin

Håkan Nesser

Arne Murberg might not be up for a Nobel Prize anytime soon, but he’s a good person and a responsible son, and when his father’s dying wish turns out to be somewhat of a mission, he sets out to honour the promise he made. It turns out the mother Arne…

Swedish title: Elva dagar i Berlin

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 31-07-2015

Dear Agnes

Håkan Nesser

This is a novel in letters. It is also a crime novel. Perhaps also something else as well.In any case this is a book about two women who see each other at a funeral after almost twenty years of silence. And about a planned murder.

Swedish title: Kära Agnes!

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 04-10-2002

Borkmann’s Point

Håkan Nesser

A wealthy real-estate mogul is brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen, apparently the second victim of a serial killer. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, growing bored with his holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the loc…

Swedish title: Borkmanns punkt

Series: Van Veeteren 2

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 06-06-2003

Barin's Triangle

Håkan Nesser

Barin’s triangle is the irregular trilogy about three men:– a translator hunting his wife who has disappeared – and the hidden message in a manuscript left by a writer who has recently died.– a moonlighting psychiatrist with a new client who tells an…

Swedish title: Barins triangel

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 26-10-2007

and Piccadilly Circus is not in Kumla

Håkan Nesser

The image engraved itself on my memory like an etching and it have been there ever since. If I had atually taken a photo it could not have been clearer.Signhild in the light, Ester in the dark. The poet Olsson and O Sole Mio in their leathers, ready…

Swedish title: och Piccadilly Circus ligger inte i Kumla

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 15-03-2002