Inspector Sejer is hard at work again, investigating the brutal murder of a
woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods. The chief suspect is another
loner, a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution. The only
witness is a twelve-year-old boy, overweight, obsessed with archery, and a
resident at a home for delinquents. When a demented man robs a nearby bank and
accidentally takes the suspect hostage, the three misfits are drawn into an
Shrewdly, patiently, as is his way, Inspector Sejer confronts a case where
the strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the
criminals, and where small-town prejudices warp every piece of information he
tries to collect. Fossum once again provides
extraordinary insight into marginalized lives and richly evokes the atmosphere
she captured so brilliantly in Don't Look Back.
Fossum leverages her series above the pack of conventional police procedurals by, firstly, taking us deep into the minds of her troubled characters, and secondly, by causing us to ask ourselves difficult questions - such as how society as a whole views those who don't fit the norm - without feeling the need to provide us with answers, easy or otherwise. Strongly recommended to all who like their police procedurals on the cerebral side. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
Whatever the rest of the world thinks of them, Fossum doesn't give up on these misfits. In spare, incisive prose (translated from the Norwegian by Felicity David), she turns a conventional police procedural into a sensitive examination of troubled minds and a disturbing look at the way society views them.
Fossum's harrowing journey inside Johrma's warped mind elevates this above the pack and bodes well for future efforts.
Library Journal - Nancy Pearl
This dark and moody psychological thriller will especially appeal to fans of Henning Mankell.
Karin Fossum, sometimes dubbed Norway's Queen of Crime, is
the author of many novels, two collections of short
stories, one book of poetry and
one non-crime novel. She made
her literary debut in Norway
with a collection of poetry in
1974. Her crime novels
featuring Inspector Sejer have
been translated into sixteen
Don't Look Back was the
first to be published in the
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