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Inspector Sejer must track down a sinister figure who fled from the scene of a terrible crime in this brilliant psychological thriller from the Norwegian 'Queen of Crime'

Walking through the woods one warm September day, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris pass a man who is in a state of agitation. Unusually in a small town, he does not return Kristine's smile and drives off in a hurry. Near the end of their walk they make a terrible discovery: lying in a cluster of trees is the lifeless body of a young boy. It is a moment that will change their lives for ever.

Inspector Sejer is called to the scene, but can find no immediate cause of death. As the weeks go by, the appeal for the man seen in the woods to come forward remains unanswered. A once peaceful community is deeply shaken and the children lose the sense of complete freedom they had enjoyed. Then a second boy goes missing.

Reviews

If you're in search of an antidote to the in-your-face energy of American crime fiction, this quiet, slender, bracingly bleak tale could well be it

The Sunday Times

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    9780099555049

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage

    240 pages

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    9781409078869

    August 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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