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"Calling Out For You" is the British release title for "The Indian Bride". 51-year-old unassuming bachelor Gunder Jomann, a farming equipment salesman decides to go to India and find himself an Indian wife. This decision is arrived at after Gunder sees a picture of a beautiful, exotic woman in a book given to him by his sister, Marie. Now, this is quite an unusual decision given that Gunder lives in a small town in Norway - Elvestad, with a population of only 2,347 inhabitants. Most of the people are ethnic Norwegians, with the exception of two families, one Vietnamese and the other Korean. Gunder is determined and goes off on a two-week trip to Mumbai, India, where he promptly meets a waitress in a tandoori restaurant, a slender, pleasing lady,with striking silky,long black hair not quite forty and falls in love with her. The lady, Poona, is taken by Gunder's gentlemanly manner and they promptly wed. Gunder leaves for Norway with Poona promising that she'll make her way to Elvestad as soon as she ties up her personal business in India. In Karin Fossum's able hands, this whirlwind romance between Gunder and Poona comes across as wholly credible, achingly so, and not at all cliched as one would imagine such 'sudden romances' to be. Gunder strikes us as a truly decent person who left it till late in life to experience romance and marriage. Poona, given her impoverished circumstances, does not seem like a gold digger, but someone who sees a potential happy future away from the poverty, dust, heat and grime and is more than willing to move to a land of 'snow and ice' with a man she deems gentle and good.

Unfortunately, this is a crime thriller, and the unfortunate victim is Poona. On the day of her arrival, poor Marie [Gunder's sister] gets into a horrific car crash and goes into a coma. Gunder, torn between being there for his sister and going to meet his wife at the airport, makes the fateful decision of staying with his sister, making arrangements with a local cabbie to receive Poona instead. Gunder never sees Poona again - she is found in a field close to Gunder's house, her face bashed in beyond recognition.

Inspector Konrad Sejer and his much younger assistant, Jacob Skarre investigate the case.Even the much-experienced Insp Sejer finds himself immensely disturbed by the crime and goes all out to solve the crime, gaining lots of interesting insights along the way. Sejer realizes that the town's inhabitants are a tough crowd and seem to be very protective of their own, something Sejer actually empathizes with "We're not talking about evil here, but the good in people that stops them from saying what they know."

This is not just an average crime thriller, but a meditation on human frailties, of people's natural tendency to protect their own, even in the face of unpalatable truths, and the politics of small town society ."The Indian Bride" has all these and great character development.
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