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A brilliantly taut, atmospheric thriller starring Inspector Sejer from Norway's 'Queen of Crime'

Andreas's disappearance is a mystery to all, including his inseparable friend Zipp. But as much as the police question him, its not easy for Zipp to come forward with details of the last time he saw his friend: following an old woman into her home, brandishing his knife. Zipp waited anxiously outside but Andreas failed to reappear.

Inspector Sejer and his colleague Skarre are baffled but while the confusion in the outside world continues, a chilling and heart-stopping drama is unfolding inside the old woman's home. In a plot in the tradition of Stephen King, Fossum deploys her trademark skill of looking realistically, terrifyingly, into the minds of criminal and victim. Appearances aren't always to be believed, and people are not always what they seem.

Reviews

Like the best Rendell...she tackles the reasons people commit crimes and the devastating effect it has on the protagonists' lives

Good Book Guide

Explores the process of scapegoating, and the awful human cost of false accusations ... may well bring the half-Swedish Ruth Rendell irresistibly to mind

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Like the best Rendell...she tackles the reasons people commit crimes and the devastating effect it has on the protagonists' lives

Good Book Guide

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  • Paperback

    9780099565482

    January 2, 2014

    Vintage

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    9781409019961

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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