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When a local factory worker’s body is pulled from an Oslo river just months after the suffocation murder of a high-end call girl, Inspector Konrad Sejer is struck by the unusual circumstance of having two mysterious homicides share his caseload. Confident that the best evidence will be plucked from witnesses’ recollections, Sejer embarks on a campaign of interviews. Inexplicably, interviews for both cases reveal ties to melancholy artist Eva, childhood friend of the slain prostitute. Why didn’t she tell police she was first to see the body in the river? Sejer, who is quietly confident and oddly comforting, meets his crime-solving tasks with a unique understanding of human desperation. Fossum’s signature style of unveiling the story through the voices of everyone touched by the murder illuminates the crime’s tragedies and ensures a steady flow of story-twisting revelations. Sejer followers will enjoy this payoff for their wait for the U.S. release of the series’ first novel, and librarians can confidently recommend it as a match for Ruth Rendell’s and Sophie Hannah’s subtle, chilling psychological tales. --Christine Tran

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 • "A compelling read." --Sean Farrell, Irish Sunday Independent

 • "The latest offering from the "Norwegian queen of crime" is a novel of mighty power. In the Darkness, the first Inspector Sejer novel, is intricately crafted with undeniable pedigree." --Ruth Dugdall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Sejer Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547738757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547738758
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2013
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It is imperative for me that a literary thriller offers a storyline of fresh, thought provoking suspense and original plot twists, but also crackling prose, palpable atmosphere, strong characters, an emphasis on human politics, and a narrative rich with cunning perspective and distinctive dialogue to be successful with me. With EVA'S EYE Karin Fossum meets all my criteria and with a striking literary aplomb that kept me tethered from the first scene through a climax which delves deep into the darkness to bring out the light.

Subtle, tense, and gripping, EVA'S EYE is a stylish introduction to Karin Fossum's Inspector Konrad Sejer, her iconic police investigator of sharp smarts and methodical tenacity. His latest case, to solve the murder of a missing man whose body has been discovered by artist Eva Magnus and her six year old daughter Emma floating in the town's icy river, appears to be connected to another unsolved murder that Sejer is also investigating, that of a prostitute who happens to have been a personal friend of Eva Magnus.

"A question had arisen in his mind, and the answers he received gave him something to think about. Even people's tiniest movements creates ripples, he thought, just as the fall of a minute pebble could be registered in a totally different place on a totally different shore, a place you hadn't even dreamed of."

Eva Magnus is an artist whose primary technique is to scrape her paintings out of a black surface. Her tools are a paint-scraper or a steel brush or a knife and - "When I scrape gently I find shades of gray, and if I scrape hard, I get right down to the white and bring out a lot of light." Just as Eva uses her scraping tools to create her desired effects, Sejer uses his investigative technique to create his...
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Karin Fossum may be listed as the Queen of crime fiction, but to me, she is the queen of the disconcerting ending. I mean, blow me away, Ms Karin. Blow. Me. Away. You did it again! Well, let me first digress.

Ever since the outrageously popular series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Scandinavian mysteries have been flooding the American marketplace. How to parse which ones are good, mediocre, or flat out bad? Some of these mysteries preceded DRAGON in its original country, but were printed in English after the Dragon Fever, capitalizing on the notion of region. Readers are hungry for Scandinavian mysteries, and I am no exception. But, after reading some stinkers, I decided to do my homework. Norwegian Karin Fossum was a published poet before being a crime writer, which bodes well, as this is obviously a writer who cares about the power of lyricism. Her descriptive prose is subtly poetic.

Karin Fossum books were not released in the US in chronological order (unfortunately), but she was here before Larsson, which alerts me that she didn't arrive BECAUSE of Larsson. THE INDIAN BRIDE, which was published here in 2005, demonstrated Fossum as a writer who is not just interested in the good guys catching the bad guys. It is a fascinating story that is more sociological and character-driven, one that I can comfortably recommend to my non-crime book reading friends.

EVA'S EYE, the first Inspector Sejer book, has finally arrived. It has a more unorthodox approach to the series genre. Sejer doesn't come across as the main character. He is integral to the story, and the necessary moral center. But, instead of HIS categorical perspective, it is Eva, a self-contained, beautiful, but too-thin woman, who carries the book.
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I'm a long time fan of Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer series, and have read all of her books. "In the Darkness" is also known as "Eva's Eye" and is the first in the series. The story introduces us to Inspector Konrad Sejer, a widower who is a stickler for details and meticulous in his investigations. In this first Sejer novel, the inspector investigates two homicides which might be linked. The first is the murder of a prostitute named Maja Durban, and the second is the more recent murder of Egil Einarsson, whose body was found washed up on the river bank. At the beginning of the story, readers are introduced to a character named Eva Marie Magnus who is out strolling with her young daughter Emma one winter's day when they discover Einarsson's body. The curious thing is instead of calling the police, Eva decides to keep silent. Her motivations for doing so is gradually revealed over the course of the novel.

This is one of the slowest moving police procedurals I've read yet I found it strangely compelling and my interest did not abate. I think this is because author Fossum is able to craft murder mysteries that focus not so much on the gore and lurid details than on the psychological make-up of the various characters that drive the story. In "In the Darkness", the focus is on Eva Magnus, a struggling artist and single mother who is driven to desperate acts. Basic human instincts having to do with greed and sex are explored with deep insight and made this a rewarding read. This psychological thriller may not be Ms. Fossum's best work but it is certainly worth a read for fans of the Inspector Sejer mysteries.
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