Books by Karin Fossum

KARIN FOSSUM is the author of many novels and two collec-tions of short stories. Her crime novels featuring Inspector Sejer have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Oslo.


EVA'S EYE by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Originally published in Norway in 1995, this tour de force doesn't have the remorseless wall-to-wall creepiness of Sejer's most chilling cases (The Caller, 2012, etc.). But it's more than a worthy introduction to one of Norway's leading cops for newcomers and a treasure for fans."
Inspector Sejer's first case. Read full book review >
THE CALLER by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"As in Ruth Rendell's books as Barbara Vine, readers are invited to watch helplessly as things go from bad to much, much worse for an unlucky group of basically nice people. If that's your pleasure, you could hardly do better."
Inspector Konrad Sejer's latest quarry is a prankster whose pranks are callous, cruel and ultimately lethal. Read full book review >
BAD INTENTIONS by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Sejer's questioning, the diary, an accident at Jon's funeral, a kitten Reilly rescues from the woods—they all pave the way for a climax with strong echoes of Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale."
Norway's Inspector Konrad Sejer is less an agent or character than a brooding presence in this slim, penetrating tale of a falling-out among conspirators. Read full book review >
BROKEN by Karin Fossum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A chamber play for two characters whose moralizing is amplified by a running debate over the nature of fiction and its vicissitudes. The result is slender but haunting."
The creator of Inspector Konrad Sejer (The Water's Edge, 2009, etc.) constructs a simple, excruciating test of an unassuming hero's claim to be a good person. Read full book review >
THE WATER’S EDGE by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"You've read this story dozens of times, but Fossum (Black Seconds, 2008, etc.) introduces you to characters you've never met before."
Inspector Konrad Sejer confronts yet another criminal who preys on young children. Read full book review >
BLACK SECONDS by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2008

"Less original than Sejer's four other cases to have appeared in English translation (The Indian Bride, 2007, etc.), but it's equally sensitive and compassionate in its handling of the troubled souls on both sides of the law. "
Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer heads an increasingly desperate search for a schoolgirl missing from her Norwegian suburb. Read full book review >
THE INDIAN BRIDE by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2007

"The most traditional of Sejer's four translated cases leaves plenty of room for resonant ambiguities that are still proliferating as the net finally closes."
Inspector Konrad Sejer closes the book on a love story that began with unlikely romance and ended with horrific violence. Read full book review >
WHEN THE DEVIL HOLDS THE CANDLE by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 3, 2006

"Fossum's characters are as thin-skinned as anatomy charts. It's no wonder she knows things about them no one else has ever seen—except for the Devil who holds a candle to them."
Where does Fossum get her macabre ideas? In his third case, Inspector Konrad Sejer (He Who Fears the Wolf, 2005, etc.) searches his Norwegian town for a missing delinquent who's being kept right under his nose. Read full book review >
HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 6, 2005

"Less mystifying than Sejer's English-language debut (Don't Look Back, 2004), but memorably creepy in its portrayal of a violently mismatched pair of misfits."
Norway's Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer hunts a bank robber who's taken a murder suspect hostage. Read full book review >
DON’T LOOK BACK by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2004

"Top-drawer evidence that a practiced hand can still ring memorably creepy changes on the classic whodunit."
Murder strikes a placid Norwegian village in this deceptively understated novel, the first of veteran Fossum's to appear in the US. Read full book review >