Borkmann's Point

Borkmann's Point

An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Borkmann's rule was hardly a rule; in fact, it was more of a comment, a landmark for tricky cases. In every investigation, he maintained, there comes a point beyond which we don't really need any more information. When we reach that point, we already know enough to solve the case by means of nothing more than some decent thinking. In his memoirs, Borkmann went so far as to claim that it was precisely this ability, or the lack of it, which distinguishes a good detective from a bad one. 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, bored of his holiday nearby, is summoned to assist the local authorities. But as the investigation proceeds there seems to be nothing to link the mogul with the first victim, a seedy ex-con. Another body is discovered, again with no apparent connection to the others, and the pressure mounts. The local police chief, just days away from retirement, is determined to wrap things up before he goes. Then there's a fourth murder, and a brilliant young female detective goes missing - perhaps she has reached Borkmann's Point before anyone else.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9781611742718
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hrs., 30 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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Oct 05, 2011

One of my reading rules is that if the female lead fondles herself and evaluates her conventionally attractive body within the first few chapters, by way of character development, one should proceed with the understanding that it's hackwork and try to enjoy it as such. There's a whole chapter of this, along with her meditating on her unmarried state and using her Women's Intuition. But I only figuratively threw it across the room when the guys started bonding over their great taste in booze, and I realized the kind of ordeal I was facing.


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