Internationally bestselling novelist Håkan Nesser did not begin his life knowing he would become a writer. Born in 1950, he grew up in the flat, agrarian landscape of Kumla, Sweden. He spent much of his early adulthood as a teacher and did not begin writing until he was thirty-five years old. In 1988, he published his first novel, an existential love story entitled Koreografen (The Choreographer)—quite different from the type of thrilling mystery for which Nesser would become so well-known.
Five years later, Nesser published the first Inspector Van Veeteren novel, commencing a series now beloved by fans all over the world. Det grovmaskiga nätet (The Mind’s Eye) debuted in Sweden in 1993. It took fifteen years for the book to be translated into English, during which time he wrote nine more books featuring Inspector Van Veeteren. Of this unusual publishing history and the challenges that come with discussing books he wrote over a decade ago, Nesser says, “The problem is that sometimes, when [fans] ask me things like why this character did this in chapter 26, I don’t remember anymore. I had a reason when I wrote it, but I don’t recall the reason years later.”
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