There's someone out to cause havoc in the lives of the residents of this quiet suburb. An elderly woman opens the newspaper and see her own obituary; a terminally ill patient watches a hearse pull up outside his house; a mother, informed that her child has been in a car accident, arrives at the emergency room to find it's not true. Sejer and Skarre are called to investigate. They have an idea or two about the perpetrator: probably a man, between the ages of seventeen and sixty, neglected and invisible, creative, bitter, full of hate. Someone who has been abused and ignored, and is now tormenting others. Someone who stages dramas, who wants attention. And he's getting it the newspaper headlines are full of nicknames and capital letters: "The Beast from Bjerkas", "The Butcher from Askeland", "Grotesque Joke in Bjerketun." The pranks, though mean, are harmless. But what if the prankster goes too far?
Classic Fossum and acclaimed by the Norwegian press as her best book since The Indian Bride.