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The Caller (Inspector Sejer Mysteries)by Karin Fossum
Synopses & Reviews
After a cruel prank is played in the peaceful town of Bjerkas, Inspector Sejer receives a postcard with this message: Hell begins now.
There's someone out to cause havoc in the lives of the residents of this quiet suburb. An elderly woman opens the newspaper and see her own obituary; a terminally ill patient watches a hearse pull up outside his house; a mother, informed that her child has been in a car accident, arrives at the emergency room to find it's not true. Sejer and Skarre are called to investigate. They have an idea or two about the perpetrator: probably a man, between the ages of seventeen and sixty, neglected and invisible, creative, bitter, full of hate. Someone who has been abused and ignored, and is now tormenting others. Someone who stages dramas, who wants attention. And he's getting it the newspaper headlines are full of nicknames and capital letters: "The Beast from Bjerkas", "The Butcher from Askeland", "Grotesque Joke in Bjerketun." The pranks, though mean, are harmless. But what if the prankster goes too far?
Classic Fossum and acclaimed by the Norwegian press as her best book since The Indian Bride.
"At the outset of Fossum's unsettling eighth Inspector Sejer mystery to be published in the U.S. (after 2011's Bad Intentions), Karsten and Lily Sundelin fear the worst after they discover their eight-month-old baby girl covered in blood in their front yard. Fortunately, someone has only doused their child in blood and left her unharmed. Sejer and his junior partner, Jacob Skarre, soon discover more disturbing occurrences, from an elderly woman reading her own obituary in the local paper to a man suffering from ALS who's approached by a mortuary before he is dead. Meanwhile, the reader is privy to the thoughts of the unhappy 17-year-old perpetrator, Johnny Beskow, who has a grudge against his alcoholic mother and 'a distinct talent for mischief.' Fossum manages to create menace without a high body count, and strikes a realistic note by not allowing her investigators to wrap up everything." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When Inspector Sejer receives a postcard with the message "Hell begins now," he sets out to uncover who's behind a string of cruel pranks that have thrown the peaceful town of Bjerkas into unrest, in this chilling new installment of the Inspector Konrad Sejer series from "the next Scandinavian literary superstar" (Chicago Tribune), acclaimed Norwegian mystery writer Karin Fossum.
When two teenagers steal a purse from a stroller, it results in an infants death. Unaware of the enormity of their crime, Zipp and Andreas are intent on committing another. They follow an elderly woman home, and Andreas enters her house with his switchblade. In the dark, Zipp waits for his friend to come out.Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre see no connection between the infants death and the reported disappearance of a local delinquent. And so while the confusion outside mounts, the heart-stopping truth unfolds inside the old womans home.Unflappable as ever, Sejer digs below the surface of small- town tranquility in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives.
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.
About the Author
KARIN FOSSUM is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller.
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