Håkan Nesser’s The Unlucky Lottery shows that life can be like lottery – or worse, like Russian roulette

Håkan Nesser’s The Unlucky Lottery shows that life can be like lottery – or worse, like Russian roulette

Published by Panmacmillan, October 2011

In Håkan Nesser’s latest thriller, The Unlucky Lottery, the habitual protagonist Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has withdrawn from the crime scene into a more relaxed and personally fulfilling way of life. He has switched his dark world and stressful routine of crime investigation to working in a local bookshop. But his replacement, Inspector Münster, seems unable to handle the baffling murder case of Waldemar Leverkuhn, aged seventy-two, who was stabbed to death in his own bed. Apparently there was no motive for the brutal killing of the elderly family man.

Waldemar Leverkuhn’s last day was a happy one. He, together with his three childhood friends (Bonger, Wauters and Palinski), had just won 20.000 euro in the lottery. After an exhilarating evening spent celebrating the lucky event at a local pub, he is found murdered in his apartment. Stabbed twenty or thirty times. Somebody had kept shoving the knife into his body long after he was already dead.

The case becomes even more puzzling when Leverkuhn’s close friend Bonger goes missing. After that his neighbor’s wife disappears. When Mrs. Leverkuhn confesses to the murder of her husband, it seems like the case has been solved. Until there is another sudden turn of events that twist the situation and complicate the investigation. Dark secrets emerge from the shadows of the family’s past history; painful secrets surface from the tomb of buried memories. With the help of the more experienced Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, Inspector Münster manages to close the case. Or almost…

Entertaining suspense in the company of new and already familiar Nesser characters.

 

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