A body is found in the woods with no hands, feet, or head. DCI Van Veeteren and his fellow Swedish policeman are stumped. Soon, they learn that the victim was Leopold Verhaven, a man convicted of two murders almost twenty years apart. The question of who killed Verhaven soon involves another look into the events years ago and the distinct possibility that Verhaven was wrongly convicted for two murders he didn't commit. Hakan Nesser writes a mystery that is a lot like the books of Henning Mankell. Mankell's novels, however, are more complex in terms of plot and character.