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
• "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.
Very well done. Interesting & original story and characters, & excellent translation, not sloppy like some I've seen.Published 4 days ago by Mary Ann McAndrews
I love Karin Fossum's work, but this one was slow-moving and so depressing.Published 1 month ago by Ne_Philim
This is the first Inspector Sejer novel although the last to be translated into English.
Fossum's prose and ability to paint a picture with words is brilliant in this... Read more
This book is more about Eva than Sejer. I found myself rooting for Eva. The case just fell into Sejer's lap. Sejer doesn't care about what happens to Eva. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TAJ
I am somewhat confused. Don't rely on this too much. I have enjoyed at least one Karen Fossum book.Published 3 months ago by Donald T. McDougall
loved this book, love this author, have read most of them. I like the Inspector Seger character.Published 3 months ago by abbeftw