Hankan Nesser is an expert at the slow-burner murder mystery. His dialogue is snappy and quick, and the plot is intricate. In The Summer of Kim Novak, Nesser buries the mystery and instead focuses on a 14-year-old boy named Erik. He goes and spends the summer with his best friend and his older brother at cabin by a lake. Before leaving for the cabin, Erik and his friend have a substitute teacher come teach at their school. They completely fall for her and compare her to Kim Novak, who is a huge star at this point in time. They are surprised when she shows up at their lake over the summer. This is a coming of age story that turns into a classic whodunit that is ultimately harder to crack than the Hardy Boys books I read as a kid. If you've read his Inspector Van Veeteren novels, you will find this unputdownable, I certainly did.— Jason Kennedy
Sweden in the '60s. Erik and his friend Edmund spend their vacation by a forest lake daydreaming about Ewa, a young substitute teacher with an uncanny resemblance to the actress Kim Novak. The boys are having the time of their lives until a shocking discovery disrupts their world. Twenty-five years later, Erik comes across a newspaper article about unsolved crimes and is overwhelmed by memories and questions from that summer of his youth. What actually happened back then? The Summer of Kim Novak has all the tension and mystery of Nesser's world-famous thrillers, combined with a coming-of-age tale of remarkable psychological precision.
About the Author
HAKAN NESSER worked as a secondary school teacher in Uppsala before becoming a writer full-time. One of Sweden's most beloved authors, his crime novels have been extremely successful in both his home country and internationally, and have resulted in several films. Nesser was the first author to be awarded the prize for Best Swedish Crime Novel three times, and is the only writer ever to win the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Prize twice. He was also awarded the European Crime Fiction Star Award in 2010. Nesser's books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold over twenty million copies worldwide.