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Don't Look Backby Karin Fossum
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Don't Look Back heralds the arrival of an exotic new crime series featuring Inspector Sejer, a smart and enigmatic hero, tough but fair. The setting is a small, idyllic village at the foot of Norway's Kollen Mountain, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the body of a teenage girl is found by the lake at the mountaintop, the town's tranquillity is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by everyone. What went so terribly wrong? Doggedly, yet subtly, Inspector Sejer uncovers layer upon layer of distrust and lies beneath the town's seemingly perfect facade.
Critically acclaimed across Europe, Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer novels are masterfully constructed, psychologically convincing, and compulsively readable, and are now available in the United States for the first time.
"There's no mistaking this psychologically astute, subtly horrifying crime study for a cozy village mystery or its soulful detective for one of those brainy European sleuths who make a parlor game of homicide." The New York Times Book Review
"Sejer belongs alongside the likes of Adam Dalgliesh and Inspector Morse — a gifted detective and troubled man, whom I am grateful to have met and look forward to knowing better." Boston Globe
"A disturbing ending, fraught with ambiguity, leaves the reader as unsettled as the shell-shocked villagers. Add another memorable series to the growing list of superb European procedurals." Booklist
"[M]oody and subtle....With the intuitive, introspective Sejer, a widower who lives alone with his dog and still grieves for his late wife, Fossum has created a fine character whom readers will want to get to know better." Publishers Weekly
In her novels, Norway's Queen of Crime, Karin Fossum evokes a world that is terrifyingly familiar. In Don't Look Back, we are introduced to the tough, ethical Inspector Sejer.
"Sejer belongs alongside the likes of Adam Dalgliesh and Inspector Morse - a gifted detective and troubled man." — The Boston Globe
At the foot of the Kollen Mountain lies an idyllic Norwegian village, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the naked body of a teenage girl is found by the lake, the town's tranquility is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by everyone. What went so terribly wrong?
Inspector Sejer is called to investigate. Doggedly, yet subtly, he uncovers layer upon layer of distrust and lies beneath the seemingly perfect facade.
"Relentlessly gripping." --Los Angeles Times
"Fossum's novels starring Inspector Konrad Sejer have been critically acclaimed throughout Europe, and it's easy to see why." --The Washington Post Book World
"Build[s] to a heart-stopping conclusion." --Entertainment Weekly
Karin Fossum is the author of many novels and two collections of short stories. Her crime novels featuring Inspector Sejer have been widely acclaimed in Europe and translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Oslo.
The American debut of a critically acclaimed Scandinavian crime series, featuring a quiet, cryptic hero named Konrad Sejer.
Bestselling novelist Karin Fossum writes with a dexterous, bait-and-switch style, keeping her characters on their toes as much as her readers as she finds fissures in the chill serenity of the Norwegian mountain town at the center of Don't Look Back—her fifth Inspector Sejer novel and the first to be available to American readers. In a small village at the foot of Norway's Kollen Mountain, in the wake of a missing-child scare, the body of a teenage girl is found unexpectedly. Sejer and his young partner, Jacob Skarre, begin a dogged but subtle pursuit of her killer, uncovering layers of distrust and lies beneath the town's perfect facade as the plot twists masterfully (and moodily) forward. The air of mystery and sadness around Sejer—combined with his tough, intuitive smarts—make him a compulsively readable leading man and elevate this new series in translation beyond the standard genre fare.
About the Author
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. She lives in Oslo.
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