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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Sejer Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547577524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] chilling morality play reminiscent of Ruth Rendell or even Patricia Highsmith."-Library Journal 

"[A]stand out among Scandinavian crime authors...Fossum’s psychological thrillers will appeal, in particular, to fans of Anne Holt and Henning Mankell." -Booklist

"THE CALLER is one of the darkest, most disturbing crime stories you're likely to read this year...Fossum is a grandmaster at the art of psychological terror."--New York Times Book Review

About the Author

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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

Well written, a good plot and very interesting.
nopenname
I finished the book, but never felt like I was compelled by either the writing or the plot to figure out the ending.
Barbara Mcauliffe
This one was well written as always, and the characters nicely developed.
Susan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McHenry on September 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
My wife and I are both Karin Fossum fans and both felt she had dropped a bit with the last few books but with The Caller she is back on track and in Fossum form. If you have not read any of the work of this author, who is listed as one of the top 50 greatest crime writers by the British newspaper The Times, then start with The Indian Bride. If you are a Fossum fan already this will be a welcome read in the Inspector Sejer series. Fossum is strong on drawing characters and their lives and in this book she is working how lives can become tragically affected by incidents that are seemingly minor. Or so it begins. There is a Fossum-style twist ending; altogether a satisfying read for a Fossum fan. If you haven't sampled her before don't start with this one, start with Don't Look Back, or When the Devil Holds the Candle, or my favorite The Indian Bride. this particular book is a 2011 edition from a British publisher: I have seen in the past some of her books are then translated again into American English and published state-side, sometimes with a different title(.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am an ardent admirer of Karin Fossum's works, and my favorite is The Indian Bride (Inspector Sejer Mysteries). When I saw The Caller, I could not resist picking it as a Vine selection. The Caller is part of Fossum's Inspector Sejer Mysteries, but Sejer does not figure quite as prominently in this novel as he does in many of the other books.

From the beginning, readers are made aware of the antagonist in this novel. Johnny Beskow is a troubled 17-year-old unemployed youth who lives with his alcoholic mother in the housing project of Askeland, a neighborhood that is pictured as bleak and unwelcoming. Johnny's anger at his neglect and abuse by his mother is contained within his troubled mind, imagining all sorts of horrors he'd like to inflict upon a woman he nicknames "the hyena". The only person Johnny seems able to truly care for and connect with is his aging, sickly grandfather, Henry Beskow, who lives in a different area. Johnny visits this old man regularly and sees to Henry's comfort, relishing being needed.

Unfortunately, Johnny's inner rage finds a target in an unhealthy pursuit of playing pranks on unsuspecting innocent people - a young family; an elderly woman; a dying man and his wife; etc. Soon, the entire area is abuzz with news of this prankster, and Insp. Sejer and his assistant Jacob Skarre try to piece together the puzzle hoping to find the identity of the prankster before things go too far as they inevitably do.

I found this story riveting because it explores the psyche of a troubled, neglected teen and how this in turn takes form in little acts of malice that eventually becomes something so much bigger and terrifying, disrupting and destroying the lives of his victims, perhaps forever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BGRT on August 16, 2012
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Started at 9 ended at 9. Couldn't put it down. You will end up talking to yourself.

Characters are very well developed but what got me most was the randomness of the evil on a lark and the repercussions it causes over time. No one is safe from life. Some of the scenes are truly heart rending and evoke strong emotions. Rather like the butterfly effect, you never know the ramifications of acts. I particularly liked the last two pages that just faded and left you to ponder... Is there really any justice, fairness or forgiveness? There certainly is no security (or a benevolent, loving god). Powerful writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheddie VINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
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While "The Caller" is an Inspector Sejer mystery, Johnny Beskow might be considered a co-main character. "A slight figure with a talent for mischief," young Johnny engages in an escalating series of awful psychological attacks through the course of the book. While Lily and Karsten are indoors, their baby Margrete sleeps innocently outdoors in her carriage, when Johnny begins his campaign of terror by soaking her in blood, terrifying and permanently shattering her parents' peace of mind.

Fossum writes in an easy, flowing narrative, smartly building the mystery's tension to its dramatic conclusion. She effortless weaves three story strands together: Johnny's viewpoint, often set at home where he lives with his alcoholic mother, typically asleep in a drunken stupor; a peek into the victims' lives, so we can see the emotional trauma Johnny causes; and the track of the investigation pursued by Sejer and his partner Skarre.

It's my second Fossum Sejer book, and the inspector remains a sketchy presence for me, although readers of this book will learn a bit about his home life, his own fears of aging (many of Johnny's victims are elderly), and his family, principally his grandson Matteus, a dancer. But readers get more of Johnny: his torture at never having known his father, his hateful relationship with his mother, and a surprisingly tender, caring relationship with his aging and ill grandfather, Henry.

As Johnny's cruel pranks continue unsolved, he becomes "invincible. I'm faster. I'm Johnny Beskow. They can't even catch me in dreams.
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