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A chilling tale about the danger of good intentions - from the acclaimed author of the Inspector Sejer series

A woman wakes one night to find that a strange man has walked into her bedroom. She lies there in terrified silence unable to move. The woman is an author and the man one of her prospective characters. So desperate is he to have his story told that he has resorted to breaking in to her house to make her tell it. She creates Alvar Eide, forty-two years old, single, who works in an art gallery. He lives a quiet, dutiful life, carefully designed to avoid surprise. One winter’s day all this begins to change, when an emaciated young heroin addict walks into the gallery. A kind man, Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. She returns some weeks later to his place of work, and then one day appears on his doorstep demanding to be let in. Interspersed with the chapters of Alvar’s story are his encounters with its author – the frantic attempts of a fictional man trying to control his own destiny. Broken is a gripping novel about the boundary between fact and fiction from the renowned author of the Inspector Sejer mysteries.

Reviews

Harrowing and shocking

Independent

Fascinating and brilliant

Literary Review

There is no room for debate: the most important writer of foreign crime fiction at work today is Karin Fossum

Rough Guide to Crime Fiction

Norway's "queen of crime"

Observer

Among the most popular Norwegian crime writers... the best, in my view, [is] Karin Fossum

Brian Oliver, Observer

Harrowing and shocking

Independent

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  • Paperback

    9780099565536

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage

    272 pages

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    9781407020099

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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