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Inspector Sejer is on the trail of a violent killer in small-town Norway in this gripping thriller from acclaimed crime writer Karin Fossum

Gunder Jomann, a quiet, middle-aged man from a peaceful Norwegian community, thinks his life has been made complete when he returns from a trip to India a married man. But on the day his Indian bride is due to join him, he is called to the hospital to his sister's bedside. The local taxi driver sent instead to meet the bride at the airport returns without her. Then the town is shocked by the news of an Indian woman found bludgeoned to death in a nearby meadow.

Inspector Sejer and his colleague Skarre head the murder inquiry, cross-examining the townsfolk and planting seeds of suspicion in a community which has always believed itself to be simple, safe and trusting. For what can only have been an unpremeditated and motiveless act of violence, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.


'One of the very best of the new wave of Nordic crime writers' Marcel Berlins, Times

'Fossum's elucidation of the criminally degenerate mind is first rate' Mail on Sunday

Inspector Konrad Sejer is the Morse of the fjords

Crime Time

'Fossum writes humane thrillers which perturb and chill' Observer

'One of the very best of the new wave of Nordic crime writers...She evokes brilliantly the claustrophobia of small-town Norway' The Times

"Sejer belongs alongside the likes of Adam Dalgliesh and Inspector Morse - a gifted detective and a troubled man" Boston Globe

'[She] is very good at character delineation, and she succeeds admirably in sketching in the various idiosyncrasies of the people in this isolated corner of Norway.' Irish Times

'Splendid...A fresh slant on traditional ingredients' Uncut

'The greatest generosity is Fossum's own.She shows us those existential bewilderments and emotional yearnings that, whether we like it or not, link us all, upright citizen, conscientious policeman... Searingly convincing. A fine novel' Independent on Sunday

'Crime master Fossum returns...Intelligent sleuthing' Glasgow Herald

'Powerful' Independent on Sunday

Realistic, unflashy and compelling, these thrillers offer as convincing an account of the routines of a police investigation as one could hope to find

Christina Koning, The Times

'One of the very best of the new wave of Nordic crime writers' Marcel Berlins, Times

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    January 2, 2014


    400 pages

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    May 1, 2010

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