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The outstanding new Inspector Sejer novel from the award-winning Norwegian Queen of Crime

One summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But then Lily steps outside to find her baby soaked in blood.

The distraught parents rush to the hospital where they discover that she is unharmed. Inspector Sejer is called in and spends the evening trying to comprehend why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank. Then, just before midnight, somebody rings his doorbell.

The corridor is empty, but the caller has left a small grey envelope on the mat. Inside it, Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message: Hell begins now...

Reviews

A contemporary Patricia Highsmith, her offbeat obsession with the psychology of the criminal mind, and the human cost of criminal activity, pays off handsomely yet again

Irish Times

It is a sign of Fossum's sophistication that the reader comes to empathise with the teenaged tormentor - a deliberate ploy which makes the double-twist ending all the more shocking'

Sunday Telegraph Seven

Fossum is admired by Ruth Rendell and you can see why'

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099548775

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409028048

    September 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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