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Don't Look Back

Fossum, Karin (Book - 2005)
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In Fossum's moody and subtle U.S. debut, the fifth in her Inspector Sejer series, the popular Norwegian mystery writer displays her mastery of psychological suspense. Richly drawn characters reveal much about Norwegian society, though the setting, a picturesque valley town northwest of Oslo, isn't distinctive. A little girl disappears from her middle-class neighborhood, then returns home unharmed. Meanwhile, the search party discovers the nude corpse of a teenager, Annie Holland, and Fossum seamlessly shifts the story to a murder investigation, using several points of view to create red herrings that add to the suspense. Both girls lived in the same claustrophobic community where the residents claim to know one another but, naturally, don't really. With few clues and no witnesses, seasoned Inspector Konrad Sejer and his eager young assistant Jacob Skarre must uncover the hidden relationships and secrets they hope will lead to the killer of the well-liked, talented Annie. When they learn that the victim's behavior changed suddenly eight months earlier after a child she babysat died by accident, the plot shifts course again and drives to a stunning conclusion and ominous final scene.
Authors: Fossum, Karin, 1954-
Title: Don't look back
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2005
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Karin Fossum ; translated from the Norwegian by Felicity David
Notes: "A Harvest book."
"An Inspector Sejer mystery"--Cover
Summary: In Fossum's moody and subtle U.S. debut, the fifth in her Inspector Sejer series, the popular Norwegian mystery writer displays her mastery of psychological suspense. Richly drawn characters reveal much about Norwegian society, though the setting, a picturesque valley town northwest of Oslo, isn't distinctive. A little girl disappears from her middle-class neighborhood, then returns home unharmed. Meanwhile, the search party discovers the nude corpse of a teenager, Annie Holland, and Fossum seamlessly shifts the story to a murder investigation, using several points of view to create red herrings that add to the suspense. Both girls lived in the same claustrophobic community where the residents claim to know one another but, naturally, don't really. With few clues and no witnesses, seasoned Inspector Konrad Sejer and his eager young assistant Jacob Skarre must uncover the hidden relationships and secrets they hope will lead to the killer of the well-liked, talented Annie. When they learn that the victim's behavior changed suddenly eight months earlier after a child she babysat died by accident, the plot shifts course again and drives to a stunning conclusion and ominous final scene.
Additional Contributors: David, Felicity
ISBN: 0156031361
9780156031363
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FOSSUM 2005
Subject Headings: Sejer, Konrad (Fictitious character) Fiction Homicide investigation Fiction Norway Fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Sejer, Konrad (Fictitious character)
Homicide investigation
LCCN: 2005276375
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Karin Fossum is Norway's “queen of crime.” Her psychological style of storytelling is compared to Ruth Rendell's. First in the Inspector Sejer series.


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