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Inspector Sejer must track down a sinister figure who fled from the scene of a terrible crime

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Karin Fossum has won numerous awards, including the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel, an honour shared with Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her highly acclaimed Inspector Sejer series has been published in more than thirty countries.

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Near the start of Fossum's chilling sixth Inspector Sejer mystery to be made available in the U.S. (after 2008's Black Seconds), Reinhardt and Kristine Ris are out for a Sunday walk when they stumble across the partially clothed body of seven-year-old Jonas Lowe and see a man limping away in the distance. When Insp. Konrad Sejer and his young partner, Jacob Skarre, begin interviewing the inhabitants of the small town of Huseby, they learn that a man in a white car has been spotted lurking outside the local elementary school and was also seen on the road where Jonas was snatched. In a particularly disturbing segment, they interview a convicted pedophile who eagerly suggests they're looking for a first-time offender. Splitting the narrative among the police investigation, the Rises' crumbling marriage and the nameless killer, Fossum sets in motion an inevitable collision that's as unsettling as it is unexpected. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"If you're in search of an antidote to the in-your-face energy of American crime fiction, this quiet, slender, bracingly bleak tale could well be it" -- John Dugdale * The Sunday Times *
"As a portrait of a community possessed by suspicion, The Water's Edge can scarcely be bettered." -- Paul Binding * Independent *

When the body of a seven-year-old boy is found in the woods outside the small Norwegian village of Huseby, Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre are the cops assigned to investigate, digging for even the smallest clue to solve the crime. Then another boy fails to return home. Verdict Winner of the Gumshoe Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fossum never writes a straightforward mystery. Producing convoluted plots peopled with complex characters, Fossum is a leading author in the current Scandinavian crime fiction wave. For eager Fossum fans anxiously awaiting this title, the mysteries of Kjell Eriksson and Ake Edwardson are good alternatives. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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