In the Darkness

In the Darkness

Book - 2012
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The first ever Inspector Sejer novel, which launched Karin Fossum's career as the Norwegian Queen of Crime.

Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer. But the trail has gone cold. It's as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer's desk: the murder of a prostitute who was found dead just before Egil went missing. While Sejer is trying to piece together the fragments of a seemingly impossible case, Eva gets a phone call late one night. A stranger speaks and then swiftly hangs up. Eva looks out into the darkness and listens. All is quiet. Gripping and thought-provoking, In the Darkness is Karin Fossum's first novel featuring the iconic Inspector Sejer. The prize-winning series has been published around the world to great acclaim.

Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, Inspector Sejer and his team establishes that he was the victim of a very violent killer.

Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, c2012
ISBN: 9781846555251
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FOS
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Anderson, James


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Sep 01, 2015

good read. interesting twists. recommended.

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This is the first book in the Norwegian mystery series featuring Inspector Sejer, although it was one of the more recent ones translated to English. Here a man, Egil, missing for months turns up dead in a local waterway, and his injuries show the violence to which he succumbed. He went out, apparently to show his much-loved classic car to a potential buyer, and while the car was found splattered with blood, his body hadn't until now. It is not the only unsolved murder case on Sejer's desk. He has another one that occurred just a few days before Egil's disappearance, a prostitute found dead in her own apartment. He can't help but wonder if there is some connection between the cases.
Eva, a local struggling artist, is divorced and shares custody of her young daughter with her ex-husband. She lives in hope that she will one day be "discovered" and gain the attention she believes her art is due. Meanwhile, she struggles to put food on the table and keep her bills paid, relying on a small Arts Council grant. She visits her father, who lives in a nearby town and whose health is failing, on a regular basis. But her life has changed recently and when she receives a phone call one day from a stranger, her unease grows.
This book introduces Sejer, his dog, and his family situation, but doesn't yet develop the characters of the other police officers.

Dec 05, 2013

Inspector Sejer #1

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