The outstanding new Inspector Sejer novel from the award-winning Norwegian Queen of Crime
One mild summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But when Lily steps outside she is paralysed with terror. The child is bathed in blood.
Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family.Mercifully, the baby is unharmed, but her parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer 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. From his living room window, the inspector watches a figure slip across the car park and disappear into the darkness. Inside the envelope Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message. Hell begins now.
“Fossum's Norway is an apposite setting for a long dark night of the soul'.”
“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.”
Julia Hanford, Sunday Telegraph
“Fossum's novels stray off the crime genre's beaten track in search of the profound, and rarely disappoint. A contemporary Patricia Highsmith, her offbeat obsession with the psychology of the criminal mind, and the human cost of criminal activity, pays off handsomely again.”
Declan Burke, Irish Times
“Fossum is admired by Ruth Rendell and you can see why: both prefer to explore the vagaries of the human mind rather than deal in bullets and car chases.”
Carla McKay, Daily Mail