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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. She lives in a small town in southeastern Norway.


Near the start of Fossum's chilling sixth Inspector Sejer mystery to be made available in the U.S. (after 2008's Black Seconds), Reinhardt and Kristine Ris are out for a Sunday walk when they stumble across the partially clothed body of seven-year-old Jonas Lowe and see a man limping away in the distance. When Insp. Konrad Sejer and his young partner, Jacob Skarre, begin interviewing the inhabitants of the small town of Huseby, they learn that a man in a white car has been spotted lurking outside the local elementary school and was also seen on the road where Jonas was snatched. In a particularly disturbing segment, they interview a convicted pedophile who eagerly suggests they're looking for a first-time offender. Splitting the narrative among the police investigation, the Rises' crumbling marriage and the nameless killer, Fossum sets in motion an inevitable collision that's as unsettling as it is unexpected. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

When the body of a seven-year-old boy is found in the woods outside the small Norwegian village of Huseby, Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre are the cops assigned to investigate, digging for even the smallest clue to solve the crime. Then another boy fails to return home. Verdict Winner of the Gumshoe Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fossum never writes a straightforward mystery. Producing convoluted plots peopled with complex characters, Fossum is a leading author in the current Scandinavian crime fiction wave. For eager Fossum fans anxiously awaiting this title, the mysteries of Kjell Eriksson and Ake Edwardson are good alternatives. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

PRAISE FOR KARIN FOSSUMWith sharp psychological insight and a fine grasp on police procedure, Fossum is easily one of the best new imports the genre has to offer.--The Baltimore Sun In spare, incisive prose, Fossum turns a conventional police procedural into a sensitive examination of troubled minds and a disturbing look at the way society views them . . . A superb writer of psychological suspense.--The New York Times"The Story The latest novel from Norwegian author Fossum to feature Inspector Sejer begins when a couple out on a Sunday hike discover the body of a child. TV Pitch Imagine the shambling, gray-haired, unflappable Sejer as the Norwegian Columbo. Lowdown Foosum's concise, elegant writing perfectly captures the panic of a small town gripped by a heinous crime. -- Entertainment Weekly

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