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Inspector Sejer returns in a stunning, psychologically acute new thriller from the Queen of Norwegian crime fiction.

Inspector Sejer returns in a stunning, psychologically acute new thriller from the Queen of Norwegian crime fiction.

Ragna Riegel works in a supermarket and still lives in her childhood home. She's alone in the world since her only son moved to Berlin. She longs for a Christmas or birthday card from him.

Ragna lives her life within strict self-imposed limits: she sits in the same seat on the bus every day, on her way to her predictable job. On her way home she always visits the same local shop. She feels safe in her routine, until one day she receives a letter with a threatening message scrawled in capital letters. An unknown enemy has entered her world and she must use all her means to defend herself.

When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to interrogate Ragna. Is this unassuming woman out of her depth, or is she hiding a dark secret?

PRAISE FOR THE WHISPERER:

'It is her ability to make average, often wounded human psyches crackle and glow in all the colours of the rainbow that is Fossum’s forte as a writer. She has an exceptional eye for fragility and vulnerability, and the complexity and dark humour of these states of mind.' AFTENPOSTEN

'Hviskeren contains all of the elements that make Fossum one of Norway’s foremost crime authors: Deep psychological insight ... Creepy, unnerving discomfort and plausible madness in everyday life… The unthinkable lingers and quivers within the text, creating suspense as the story builds towards the shocking reveal.' VG

Reviews

It is her ability to make average, often wounded human psyches crackle and glow…that is Fossum’s forte...She has an exceptional eye for fragility and vulnerability, and the complexity and dark humour of these states of mind.

AFTENPOSTEN

The Whisperer contains deep psychological insight ... Creepy, unnerving discomfort and plausible madness in everyday life… Builds towards the shocking reveal.

VG

Exemplary… the suspense is maintained with a sure touch

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781787300941

    December 3, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    384 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781473561090

    December 6, 2018

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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Extract

Chapter 1

She wasn’t beautiful, and she was of course perfectly aware of it. She moved timidly across the floor in the way that most shy women do, with an apologetic expression. With no desire to take up space, no hope of making an impression or being believed, or, for that matter, being taken seriously at all. For well over forty years the mirror had taunted her about this lack of beauty, and she had bowed her head and accepted the judgement. If a spark had come blowing on the wind, she would presumably have gone up in flames – her hair was as dry as straw and she was pale as paper. She was wearing a green nylon coat, with big, deep pockets that contained nothing, as they had long since been searched and emptied. There was a logo on the breast pocket, over her heart, with the word ‘Europris’ embroidered in big letters. She had an ugly scar across her throat, left by a wound that had not healed well. She was underweight and perhaps anaemic, with red hair and freckles. And yet, despite her lack of colour, the blood was still coursing through her veins, especially now that she was standing in front of him, there to explain herself. Her hands hidden in the thoroughly inspected coat pockets. She was waiting for permission to sit down, was not presumptuous enough to make herself comfortable. Sejer had questioned many people over the years, but no one like her.

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