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The new Inspector Sejer novel

‘He'd just learnt to walk,’ she said. ‘He was sitting playing on his blanket, then all of a sudden he was gone.’

A 16-month-old boy is found drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother’s story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth.

Reviews

Fossum’s Inspector Sejer novels are invariably morally and psychologically complex affairs, but The Drowned Boy might well be her crowning achievement to date

Declan Burke, Irish Times

Fossum’s Inspector Sejer novels are invariably morally and psychologically complex affairs, but The Drowned Boy might well be her crowning achievement to date

Declan Burke, Irish Times

A simple but gripping story, balanced, believable and compassionate, about a sensitive subject

Laura Wilson, Guardian

Nordic noir of note

GQ

A tightly woven tale in spare but piercing prose

Metro

Moving and thought-provoking

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

Karin Fossum's minimalist police procedurals... have a stealthy way of mutating into richer, if also darker, psychological studies of criminals and their victims... In the end, the novel isn't about willful murder or even accidental death, but the psychological aftershocks for the living

New York Times Book Review

Reading a Karin Fossum novel is always a wonderful, almost meditative, experience. Even though she writes about horrible crimes, her compassion and intelligence shine through, and by the time you reach the final page you’re left feeling irrevocably changed - for the better. Her latest, The Drowned Boy, is right up there among her best

Reading Matters

Fossum shows us how the crime novel can be more than sheer entertainment… Well-written and gripping

Dagbladet

Karin Fossum is among our foremost authors, regardless of genre. This because of her unique ability to create real people and her deep understanding of the human soul. She has always mastered this, but never better than in The Drowned Boy

Drammens Tidende

Among Fossum’s finest novels…a strong literary quality and quivering suspense

Dagsavisen

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099593621

    August 1, 2016

    Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448192311

    June 4, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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