BORKMANN'S POINT

Borkmann's Point is a 1994 prize-winning crime novel by Swedish writer Håkan Nesser.

The title of the work refers to a tipping point in the solving of crimes as proposed by an admired senior colleague of Van Veeteren during his time as a probationer in the force. Chief Inspector Borkmann alone considered the time aspect of investigation and maintained that there came a point where no more information was needed. On reaching that point the superior detective knows enough to solve the case which depends on "some decent thinking". Borkmann's point also marked the difference between a good investigator and a bad one. The good detective tries to establish when that point is reached, or passed; a bad one, lacking this ability, carries on unnecessarily.

In our WASAC Project we used Borkmann's point to emphasize the importance of first collecting substantive data, of thoroughly knowing and understanding the water situation before engaging in solving the "crime".