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He Who Fears the Wolf


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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 Norway.


In Fossum's impressive psychological police procedural, her second to be published in the U.S. to feature Insp. Konrad Sejer (after 2004's Don't Look Back), a troubled youngster claims to have seen escaped mental patient Errki Johrma, a schizophrenic rumored to have left a string of corpses in his wake, in the vicinity of a brutal murder. Sejer himself becomes a crucial witness to another crime-a daylight bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation. Blaming himself for not acting on his suspicions of the man who held up the bank, Sejer races to prevent further bloodshed. The gripping plot takes another sharp turn when the possible killer-Johrma-is identified as the robber's captive. Fossum succeeds in evoking sympathy for all her characters while maintaining the conventions of the fair-play whodunit. Her detective's shy, slow courtship of the psychiatrist responsible for Johrma's care is patiently and convincingly integrated into the plot. Fossum's harrowing journey inside Johrma's warped mind elevates this above the pack and bodes well for future efforts. (July 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

When an elderly woman is found murdered in her secluded house in the Norwegian countryside, the only suspect is a schizophrenic man who has escaped from the local asylum. And the only possible witness is a disturbed teenage boy whose hobby is killing crows with his bow and arrow. As he works his way through the meager clues and small-town attitudes that complicate his detecting, Norwegian policeman Konrad Sejer (whom American readers first met in Fossum's well-reviewed Don't Look Back) soon realizes that the case involves the disturbed perpetrator of a recent bank robbery and hostage taking. Fossum not only explores the psyches of these three wounded souls but also delves into Sejer's inner life, revealing a lonely, no-longer-young cop still grieving over the death of his wife. This dark and moody psychological thriller will especially appeal to fans of Henning Mankell. Fossum lives in Oslo. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 3/1/05.]-Nancy Pearl, Seattle Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"You should be as delighted as I am to welcome to American book-shelves Inspector Konrad Sejer."-CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Sejer belongs alongside the likes of Adam Dagliesh and Inspector Morse-a gifted detective and troubled man, whom I am grateful to have met and look forward to knowing better."
"A superb writer of psychological suspense"
--Marilyn Stasio"New York Times" (07/10/2005)
"Easily one of the best new imports the genre has to offer"
--Baltimore Sun (07/31/2005)
"Fossum raises interesting questions throughout...That she doesn't pretend to have all the answers only adds to the force of her story."
-- (07/15/2005)

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