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The brand new psychological crime novel in the award-winning Inspector Sejer series, books beloved for their deep insight into the human mind

A mother and child are found dead in an old caravan on a remote piece of land. There is a bloody footprint at the scene.

Meanwhile, another mother confesses to her son that he is adopted. The man who abandoned them, now the focus of the boy's obsession, is not his real father.

Chief Inspector Sejer is tasked with investigating the murder – and soon receives important information about the two families...


A contemporary Patricia Highsmith

Irish Times

Fossum writes humane thrillers which perturb and chill


Fossum's intelligence compassion...is not often found in the pages of crime fiction

Donna Leon, Sunday Times

A superb writer of psychological suspense

New York Times

There’s always something dark hovering on the edge of the page, something about getting what you wish for and the crushing irony when that gift proves your undoing

New York Times Book Review

Superb... less a police procedural than a portrait of a society in crisis... the slow, deliberate revelation of the story behind the crime is dramatic and heartbreaking

Publishers Weekly

Fossum traces the parallels between the mothers and sons so patiently, precisely, and compassionately that even fans who know all too well what's bound to happen when their paths converge will be shocked into fresh grief themselves

Kirkus Reviews

One of Karin Fossum’s best crime stories... Fossum expertly captures the nuances of everyday life and the way in which people struggle to make sense of life... Karin Fossum is in a class of her own as a crime writer

Dagsavisen, Norway

The opening scene showcases Fossum at her best – the dank camper van, the heat and the brutal murders. The detailed, subdued tone; the grotesque in the middle of the everyday

Dagbladet, Norway

High-quality crime of the best, international standard. She has now focused her attention on a novel which, in my opinion, has to be one of her very best... So disturbing, riveting and painful that you can’t help but be drawn in

Tønsberg Blad, Norway

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 14, 2017


    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    June 9, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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