Karin Fossum Books In Order

Inspector Sejer Books In Publication Order

  1. Don’t Look Back (2002)
  2. He Who Fears the Wolf (2003)
  3. When the Devil Holds the Candle (2004)
  4. Calling Out for You / The Indian Bride (2005)
  5. Black Seconds (2007)
  6. The Water’s Edge (2009)
  7. Bad Intentions (2010)
  8. The Caller (2011)
  9. In the Darkness / Eva’s Eye (2012)
  10. The Murder of Harriet Krohn (2014)
  11. The Drowned Boy (2015)
  12. Hell Fire (2016)
  13. The Whisperer (2018)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Broken (2006)
  2. I Can See in the Dark (2013)

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Karin Fossum Books Overview

Don’t Look Back

Beneath the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small village where the children run in and out of one another’s houses and play unafraid in the streets. But the sleepy village is like a pond through which not enough water runs beneath the surface it is beginning to stagnate. When a naked body is found by the lake at the top of the mountain, its seeming tranquillity is disturbed forever. Enter Inspector Sejer, a tough, no nonsense policeman whose own life is tinged by sadness. As the suspense builds, and the list of suspects grows, Sejer’s determination to discover the truth leads him to peel away layer upon layer of distrust and lies in this tiny community where apparently normal family ties hide dark secrets. Critically acclaimed across Europe, Karin Fossum’s novels evoke a world that is terrifyingly familiar. Don’t Look Back introduces the tough, ethical Inspector Sejer to British readers.

He Who Fears the Wolf

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 uneasy alliance.

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.

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When the Devil Holds the Candle

When the theft of a purse from a stroller results in an infant’s death, two teenagers are in trouble. Unaware of the enormity of their crime, Zipp and Andreas are intent on committing still another. They follow an elderly woman home, and Andreas enters her house with his ever reliable switchblade. Motionless in the dark, Zipp waits for his friend to come out.

Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre see no connection between the infant’s death and the reported disappearance of a local delinquent. And so while the confusion in the world outside mounts, the chilling, heart stopping truth unfolds inside the old woman’s home.

Unflappable as ever, Sejer digs below the surface of small town tranquillity in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives. Another brilliantly observed, precisely rendered psychological mystery from the highly acclaimed Karin Fossum. 06/01/2006

Calling Out for You / The Indian Bride

When perpetual bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. On the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found in a meadow on the outskirts of town. None of the ‘good people of Elvestad’ can believe that anyone among them would be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his quiet, formal way, Inspector Konrad Sejer understands that good people can commit atrocious deeds, and that no one is altogether innocent including the caf owner who knows too much, the girl who wants to be a chief witness, and the bodybuilder with no outlet for his terrible strength. Another brilliantly conceived, dark novel from one of Europe’s most successful crime writers.

Black Seconds

A little girl has vanished without a trace. Inspector Sejer must find her before it’s too late another gripping novel in Karin Fossum s acclaimed mystery series. Ida Joner gets on her brand new bike and sets off to buy sweets. A good natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her tenth birthday. Thirty five minutes after Ida should have come home, her mother, Helga, starts to worry. She phones the shop and various friends, but no one has seen her daughter. As the family goes out looking for Ida, Helga s worst nightmare becomes reality, and they contact the police. Hundreds of volunteers comb the neighbourhood, but there are no traces of Ida or her bike. As the relatives reach breaking point and the media frenzy begins, Inspector Sejer is calm and reassuring. But he finds the case puzzling. Usually missing children are found within forty eight hours. Ida Joner seems to have vanished without a trace.

The Water’s Edge

Amarried couple, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris, are out for a Sunday walk when they discover the body of a boy and see the figure of a man limping away. They alert the police, but not before Reinhardt, to Kristine’s horror, kneels down and takes photographs of the dead child with his cell phone. Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre begin to make inquiries in the little town of Solberglia. But then another boy disappears, and an explanation seems more remote than ever. Meanwhile, the Ris s marriage starts to unravel as Reinhardt becomes obsessed with the tragic events and his own part in them.

A riveting portrayal of a community its insiders, its outsiders, its fissures, and its secrets from Norway s ‘Queen of Crime,’ Karin Fossum.

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Bad Intentions

In the wake of Stieg Larsson’s best selling novels, readers are discovering the rich trove of modern Scandinavian crime fiction. If you ve devoured the Millennium trilogy and are looking for your next read, Karin Fossum and her bone chillingly bleak psychological thrillers have won the admiration of the likes of Ruth Rendell and Colin Dexter of Inspector Morse fame. InBad Intentions, the newest installment in the Inspector Sejer series sinceThe Water s Edgein 2009, Konrad Sejer must face down his memories and fears as he struggles to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes. The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better. His psychiatrist said so, and so did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little girl lost looks. He was racked by a mysterious guilt that had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. But when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide. Then another corpse is found in a lake, a Vietnamese immigrant. And Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him. Does he still have the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil?

Broken

Awoman wakes up in the middle of the night. A strange man is in her bedroom. She lies there in silence, paralyzed with fear. The woman is an author and the man one of her characters, one in a long line that waits in her driveway for the time when she ll tell their stories. He is so desperate that he has resorted to breaking into her house and demanding that she begin. He, the author decides, is named Alvar Eide, forty two years old, single,works in a gallery. He lives a quiet, orderly life and likes it that way no demands, no unpleasantness. Until one icy winter day when a young drug addict, skinny and fragile, walks into the gallery. Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. And then one day she appears on his doorstep. Broken is an unconventional, subtle, and disturbing mystery from a master of the form.

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