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The Caller: An Inspector Sejer Mystery Hardcover – Aug 14 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (July 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780547577524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577524
  • ASIN: 0547577524
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #838,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] chilling morality play reminiscent of Ruth Rendell or even Patricia Highsmith."-Library Journal 

"[A]stand out among Scandinavian crime authors...Fossum’s psychological thrillers will appeal, in particular, to fans of Anne Holt and Henning Mankell." -Booklist

"THE CALLER is one of the darkest, most disturbing crime stories you're likely to read this year...Fossum is a grandmaster at the art of psychological terror."--New York Times Book Review

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

 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 a small town in southeastern Norway.




Kyle Semmel is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers as a translator, titles including: The Caller.

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By Ted Feit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 14 2011
Format: Paperback
Lucy thought she had everything a woman could want [and who could disagree]: youth, beauty, health, a loving husband, and a baby girl they both doted upon. Until the warm summer day when evil is suddenly visited upon her perfect life in the form of an unknown monster, for when Lily approaches the pram under the maple tree outside their house where the baby had lain sleeping, she discovers that the baby is covered in blood. In their terror and panic, they rush to the hospital, where they are soon told that the baby is unharmed, that the blood was not hers, and that the police have been called. The Inspectors assigned to the case are Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre. Later that same night, a postcard is delivered to Sejer's door reading 'Hell begins now.'

Happy people content with their lives, suddenly made anxious, unable any longer to feel secure, as 'a soundless form of terror' and utter vulnerability spreads through the community. This is the story line of this newest in the Inspector Sejer Mysteries. And a gripping, albeit somewhat depressing, tale it is, with a perpetrator who fancies himself as invincible, with unimaginable cruelty and an almost equally twisted quirk: He needs to see for himself the effects of his pranks: 'Everyone lives on an edge, he thought, and I will push them over.'

The writing is wonderful, as one has come to expect of this author. She describes Sejer's dog as follows: 'a Chinese Shar Pei called Frank, lay at his feet, and was, like most Chinese, dignified, unapproachable and patient. Frank had tiny, closed ears ' and thus bad hearing ' and a mass of grey, wrinkled skin that made him look like a chamois cloth,' and someone's 'cat [which] slept in a corner, fat and striped like a mackerel.' The humans are just as well-drawn.
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This was the first Karin Fossum book I had read so I was really delighted that it entertained me with insightful psychology of a deviant mind and yet really really creepy at the same time.
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The conclusion of the story is so unrelated to the majority of the build-up - is it likely that a ten year old girl could or would plan such a bizarre revenge on someone she only knew at a distance. If Karin Fossum thought she was diverting the reader with a series of pranks, she might have delved deeper and provided a more believable basis for the conclusion.
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Currently reading it now. Found it hard to start up on a new book, but picked this one up and it is hard to set down. Sofar, so good!
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I was on a Scandinavian noir kick.
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