Thursday, February 11, 2010

Don’t Look Back – Book #11

| Title |Don’t Look Back |
| Author |Karin Fossum |
| Genre |Adult Mystery (Scandinavian Noir) |
| Pages |295 |
| Publisher |Harcourt |
| Copyright |1996 (trans. 2002) |

Synopsis (from web-site)
Beneath the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small village where the children run in and out of one another's houses and play unafraid in the streets. But the sleepy village is like a pond through which not enough water runs - beneath the surface it is beginning to stagnate. When a naked body is found by the lake at the top of the mountain, its seeming tranquility is disturbed forever. Enter Inspector Sejer, a tough, no-nonsense policeman whose own life is tinged by sadness. As the suspense builds, and the list of suspects grows, Sejer's determination to discover the truth will lead him to peel away layer upon layer of distrust and lies, in this tiny community where apparently normal family ties hide dark secrets. Critically acclaimed across Europe, Karin Fossum's novels evoke a world that is terrifyingly familiar. Don't Look Back introduces the tough, ethical Inspector Sejer to British readers for the first time.

Why I read It
Read an article of the resurgence of Scandinavian crime fiction and this author from Norway was highly recommended AND my library system had her books.

What I Thought About It
Nice mystery based in the evil of ordinary people in regular situations. At its foundation is the truth that once you begin lying, you are stuck lying (or worse) to keep the first one in place; usually at the cost of your own soul. I will definitely read more of this author.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Karin Fossum (born November 6, 1954, Sandefjord) is a Norwegian author of crime fiction, often known there as the "Norwegian queen of crime." She lives in Oslo. Fossum was initially a poet, with her first collection published in 1974 when she was just 20. It won the Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. She is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer series of crime novels, which have been translated into over 16 languages. She won the Glass key award for her novel Don't Look Back, which also won the Riverton Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in 2005 for Calling Out For You.

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