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An outstanding psychological crime novel from Karin Fossum: when a body surfaces in a lake Inspector Sejer must uncover a dark secret of betrayal and paranoia

Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return.

When the body of the third friend is discovered, Inspector Sejer is put in charge of the investigation. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that the surviving pair has something to hide. Weeks pass without further clues and then, in a nearby lake, the body of another teenage boy floats to the surface...


The seventh Inspector Sejer novel from Norway's leading female crime writer is, like its predecessors, a gem

Laura Wilson, Guardian

This is a battle of wits, conducted with chilly intensity and an unsettling sense of menace

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

Few match her ability to conjure an atmosphere of emotional as well as geographical desolation

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Tautly told in a crisp translation of the Norwegian by Charlotte Barslund, the story is a riveting exploration of the consequences of crime, a whydunnit rather than the traditional whodunnit

Declan Burke, Irish Times

A brooding study of how one thoughtless action can have catastrophic consequences

Metro Scotland

Fossum never forgets that her primary duty is to entertain, and she keeps her cut-to-the-bone mystery moving briskly

Barry Forshaw, Sunday Tribune

Norwegian writer Karin Fossum has been turning out a steady and impressive body of work since long before Steig Larsson first put pen to paper...This is a first-rate psychological thriller, one of Fossum's best books to date.

The Review

I not only enjoyed it but admired it, too. I also found it playing in my head for a long time afterwards, the effect on the reader every writer surely longs for

Lesley McDowell, Sunday Herald

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    September 1, 2011


    192 pages

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    September 1, 2010

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