When the Devil Holds the Candle: Book summary and reviews of When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum

When the Devil Holds the Candle

Inspector Sejer Mysteries

By Karin Fossum

When the Devil Holds the Candle
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2006,
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When the theft of a purse from a stroller results in an infant's death, two teenagers are in trouble, and yet are unaware of the enormity of their crime, They try and commit another, with unforseen results. When Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre investigate, they see no connection between the infant's death and the reported disappearance of a local delinquent - while the confusion mounts the truth unfolds inside an old woman's home.

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"This is not your usual police procedural -- Fossum's third Sejer novel ... is psychological suspense at its best." - Library Journal.

"Skillful characterization and revealing detail lift Fossum's third mystery to be published in the U.S." - Publishers Weekly.

"[T]he story is so chillingly told that we can only marvel at the author's skill at illustrating how a random sequence of events can cause so many lives to intersect in so many horrifying ways." - The New York Times.

"Fossum . . . writes like Ruth Rendell with the gloves off." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Karin Fossum Author Biography

Karin Fossum is the author of many novels and two collections of short stories. Her crime novels featuring Inspector Sejer have been translated into sixteen languages.

Don't Look Back is the first of Fossum's police procedurals to be published in the USA. The second in the series, He Who Fears The Wolf was published in 2005, and other translations of the series in English include Calling Out For You and Black Seconds.

Fossum has recently been honored with Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller. She lives in a small town in southeastern Norway.

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Karin Fossum: Ka-rin Fossum (rhymes with possum)

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