The Indian Bride
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 310 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 June 2008|
When long-time bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. Then, on the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found on the outskirts of town. The "good people of Elvestad" can't believe that anyone among them could be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his quiet way, Inspector Konrad Sejer understands that no one is completely innocent--not the cafe owner who knows too much, the girl who wants the attention that comes with being a witness, or the bodybuilder with no outlet for his terrible strength.
In "The Indian Bride," one of Europe's most successful crime writers has crafted another chilling page-turner.
On the day that Gunder Jomann's bride is to arrive from India, his sister is involved in a life-threatening auto accident, and Gunder can't leave her side. So he sends a taxi to pick up his new wife, but she is not at the airport. That night, a woman is murdered in a meadow outside of Elvestad. Everyone is shocked, but the villagers, suspicious of outsiders, are unwilling to help the police, and Inspector Sejer has only gossip to lead him in the investigation. Placing her small Norwegian town under a microscope in her fourth mystery to be translated into English (after When the Devil Holds the Candle), Fossum painstakingly details her characters' lives and how they handle adversity. Comparable to the works of Henning Mankell, this novel packs a punch and ends unexpectedly. Fossum lives in southeastern Norway. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 3/1/07.] Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Fossum may not be well-known outside a select circle, but that could change with the publication of this outstanding contemporary police procedural, the fourth Inspector Sejer mystery to be translated into English (after 2006's He Who Fears the Wolf). Insp. Konrad Sejer is faced with a baffling crime when the battered body of a woman surfaces in a field outside the town of Elvestad. She's soon identified as Poona Jomann, the new wife of Gunder Jomann, who traveled to India in search of a life partner. Gunder's sister's injury in an auto accident kept him from meeting his bride at the airport, leaving her to travel to their new home alone, a journey that ended in murder. With a skill few can equal, Fossum deftly paints the provincial inhabitants of Elvestad, coupling those poignant word portraits with a whodunit and an insightful but fallible detective. The ending is not one most readers will expect, but it perfectly suits the tale of sad, little lives and the tragic consequences of chance. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
PRAISE FOR "THE INDIAN BRIDE"
"Devastating . . . Fossum [is] able to see into the soul of an entire village."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review
" "An irresistible page-turner that's like a Nordic Sherlock Holmes story, with characters by Bergman and blood by Tarantino. A-."--"Entertainment Weekly"
|Publisher: ||Harvest Books|
|Dimensions: ||20.17 x 13.72 x 2.06 centimeters (0.30 kg)|