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Hakan Nesser is back with the second instalment in the Inspector Barbarotti series, The Root of Evil.

July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti’s doorstep detailing a murder that is about to take place in his quiet Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead.

So when a second letter arrives, then a third, and a fourth, it’s a game of cat and mouse to stop the killer before he can make good on all of his promises.

Meanwhile, an anonymous diary is unearthed depicting the incidents of a two-week holiday in France five years earlier, and it doesn’t take Barbarotti long to realize the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are now in the balance....

©2018 Håkan Nesser (P)2018 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Implausible thin plot

I can’t remember a thinner more implausible plot in a recent book. A key technique employed by the writer is for characters, when asked a question, to repeat the question throughout the dialogue. Over and over. For most of the book nothing is going on. By the time of the resolution it was hard to care. I was just glad it was over.

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Confusing

I missed the solving of the murders. This is well written and enjoyable to listen to but I get so confused with the names. I know I should be clever than that but I’m not look I will try again with another story but ............

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  • M. M. Makki
  • 21-05-2021

a meandering story

I almost gave up on this book several times. it is well read but the story is so complicated and not in a good way. By the end I was none the wiser about who killed whom and why

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  • Fergus mcnamee
  • 05-08-2020

Recommended

Terrific story, written so well, and perfect narration. Made me chuckle occasionally. Have already got another Nesser / Wenner combination going...

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  • TRACY
  • 20-04-2020

Drawn out

Good story but drawn out. If it hadn't been on audible I would have given up before the end.

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  • kay
  • 08-02-2019

Excellent!

Another good detective from Nesser, I can't wait for the next one! Martin Wenner excels as the narrator!

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