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Don't Look Back (Inspector Konrad Sejer #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  7,847 Ratings  ·  613 Reviews
Meet Inspector Sejer: smart and enigmatic, tough but fair. At the foot of the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small, idyllic village, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the body of a teenage girl is found by the lake at the mountaintop, the town's tranquility is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by ev ...more
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Published June 1st 2005 by Mariner Books (first published 1996)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Don't Look Back heralds the arrival of an exotic new crime series featuring Inspector Sejer, a smart and enigmatic hero, tough but fair. The setting is a small, idyllic village at the foot of Norway's Kollen Mountain, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the body of a teenage girl is found by the lake at the mountaintop, the town's tranquility is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by eve
Jun 09, 2010 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I plan on giving all of my Karin Fossum reviews the same statement because I don't even want the hint of a spoiler on this woman's fantastic work. Fossum's writing gave me my love of Scandanavian mystery writers and I seek those writings out. Hands down,though, Fossum's work is the best nordic noir I have come across so far.
Rachel Hall
Aug 15, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read my first Karin Fossum novel, the eighth of the series, which introduced me to Inspector Konrad Sejer and his junior sidekick, Jacob Skarre. At The Water's Edge impressed me, largely because of its striking difference to the majority of crime fiction and indeed Nordic noir. Emotionally resonant, Fossum's novels not only deal with the whodunnit element but concentrates on the whydunnit, the motives behind each and every crime, the emotions that drive them and the guilt and regrets ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Audra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
I won't summarize the story, that's already been done. I enjoyed this book, although not as much as I wanted to. Since Stieg Larsson, everyone is looking for the next Scandinavian powerhouse. This author is one that has been touted as such, but I have to disagree. The story was compelling, a girl is murdered who seems like the least likely to suffer such a fate and very few clues are found. Still, rather early on I figured out who the murder was. The red herrings were so obvious I never once con ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Sejer series, this book was better than the first. Sejer and Skarre were front and center in this book, and as they became closer friends, I got to know them better. The plot involved the murder of a young girl, and the various people who might have done it. I had suspicions that kept changing and had lingering doubts almost to the end. Halvor and Raymond were two likable characters that I hope to see more of in future books, but that remains to be seen.
Feb 09, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on sale for the Kindle back when it seemed like Norwegian crime fiction was a thing. Is it still a thing? I don't know, but it was a thing, right? Anyway, I thought it was a thing and so I bought this and in retrospect a silly number of other Karin Fossum books when they were on sale, and I remember thinking, "Boy, I hope these don't suck," as I clicked through and kept buying. Click. Click. Click.

I'm reading 52 books in 52 weeks for 2013, and I've weighted my reading list tow
May 07, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A five year-old girl goes missing in a small Norwegian village and witnesses report seeing her get into acar with Raymond, a local recluse who has Down's syndrome. Just when the police are about to publicly concede that she has been murdered, she walks out of the woods into her back yard. She is unharmed.

Later that same day, her mother calls the police with a strange story. Little Ragnhild says that when she and Raymond were up at a mountaintop lake near the village, they saw a womanwith nothing
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 Bill Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DON'T LOOK BACK, by Karen Fossum, is a really good book, and it is made even better by the journey it took for me to read it. I picked up her novel BAD INTENTIONS. It's the 7th in the Konrad Sejer detective series. I went back and found this book, the first in the series, to get a little back ground, and found myself captured by the riveting mystery of a murdered teenager. This novel was written in 1995, translated to English some 9 years later, and only now have I heard about it. There are so m ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain joy experienced by a mystery lover who has just discovered a brand new (to her) series that she knows she will become a favorite. There is a certain glee born of finding that the series already has about eight books to it, and that there will be no waiting one to two years for the next installment...when she can devour them at her leisure. (Mwahahahahaha!)

I loved this book. The head detective is a gentle man, yet passionate about police work. There were moments of sheer poetry
If you like mysteries that really make you think, Karin Fossum has definitely done that in this novel. A psychological mystery that really digs into the characters of both the victim and the suspects, this book is riveting as you see why each of the suspects could possibly have been the murderer. As Chief Inspector Sejer and his partner discover more and more about each of the suspects along with the personality of Annie, the young murder victim, the potentiality of "who done it" increases. I re ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Sverre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Konrad Sejer is unyielding and determined in his pursuit of truth. He can be tough but he is not strident. His MO includes considering other people's feelings. He is a likable sleuth. A widower, he cherishes the memories of his wife. He loves his grandson and he pampers his dog. He doesn't sleep around or go on alcoholic binges. He doesn't abuse or belittle those below him in the chain of command.

In this book by Karin Fossum, Sejer pursues the killer of a beautiful young woman who was
Aug 29, 2012 Booknblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Back
By Karin Fossum
4 stars
pp. 324

This was the first book which I had read of Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series and for me it was a promising start. I found myself drawn to the introspective Inspector Sejer and his methods of questioning suspects and following the loose ends.

A frantic search for a missing child is successful however the search uncovers the body of a local teenager, Annie Holland. Through questioning it is uncovered that Annie is kind, considerate, she possessed an
Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum is the second in a series by the Norwegian author (although the first I've read), featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer. Sejer is another member of the Scandinavian police force-strong, hardened, immensely attractive. This story begins as a little girl is reported missing, having last been seen getting into the car of a local eccentric. The characters are vividly rendered as is the setting.

I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the next in the series
Jun 28, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was great. Sejer is a great inspector, and refreshingly not a grumpy alcoholic. Don't get me wrong, I love my grumpy alcoholic police inspectors, but it was a nice change of pace. Fossum treats her characters in a very humane way. I even found myself getting a little misty-eyed at the cemetery scene.
Apr 08, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Karin Fossum, Don't Look Back, started slowly for me. Perhaps that was just me getting used to the main characters: two Norwegian detectives. As a frequent reader of crime and police procedural novels, this author's books came to me through the ever-enthusiastic Nordic Noir group here on Goodreads.
I like the way she is developing her characters, most particularly Inspectors Sejer and Skerre. Throughout the story, the reader gets to know them better. So the novel is not just about the
Jozef Kuric
Mar 07, 2014 Jozef Kuric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Príťažlivosť kriminálnych príbehov Nórky Karin Fossum je však okrem iného aj v ich uveriteľnosti, dokonca až takej, že by sa pokojne mohli odohrávať v našom susedstve. Aj táto detektívka vyniká svojou prirodzenosťou, autorka sa nesnažila vystavať príbeh na sérii mysterióznych vrážd, naopak zvolila klasický prístup, preto kniha pripomína žánrovú klasiku.

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This is my second Inspector Konrad Sejer book and I must say that I am hooked. I read the first two books or rather listened to them, and must say that David Rintoul's reading certainly adds to the excellence of the books.
What's more, the characters Karin Fossum creates are just fascinating.

I can tell that I will just HAVE to read on.
Jul 26, 2009 Babette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I found this book in a mystery book shop near Rhinebeck, NY. Fossum is Norwegian, and this is the first is a series she is writing. I enjoyed it very much. She is an intelligent writer and puts that intelligence into her characters. She is a good discovery.
Liesbeth Van der ven
Fijne serie! Deel 3 en 4 ook maar vast gekocht!
Colin Mitchell
May 22, 2017 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Start's out with a young girl missing and then there is a body by the lake. Inspector Sejur follows the clues in this dark Scandinavian novel set in Norway. Not only is the plot dark but the people, their homes and the country in general are all described as grey and dark.This does hold your attention and the twist leave you unsure who was the perpetrator even when an arrest is made. A good series for those with a liking for Scandinavian crime novels. About 3.5.
Maybe something was lost in the translation, because this book's dialogue and observations were off.
Dec 07, 2010 Justus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every now and then I try out a police procedural hoping to understand why they are as popular as they are. I usually end up disappointed. Fossum's Don't Look Back doesn't break that trend. This particular book is especially "procedural". There's a mystery of sorts but sorting everything out just requires talking to a bunch of people a couple of times. I suppose that's what makes the genre "procedural". They go through the motions of interviewing suspects, then reinterviewing suspects, until they ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had all kinds of questions and objections when reading this book, but have this niggling sense that my concerns are embedded in cultural differences and the in-exactitude of translation.

It is likely that the Norwegian society is very different from mine, but right off the bat I had a problem with the opening paragraphs describing a 6 year old girl walking home alone from a sleep over. I like to think that I am a fairly laid-back parent, no helicoptering for me, but there is something very wro
Mar 04, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, read-2017
Inspector Konrad Sejer, a true policeman, tough but fair and thorough and very calm. When a small child disappears and then reappears, the police are relieved of course, but curious about where she spent the time. When she’s questioned, the little girl mentions the woman asleep by the side of the water. On further investigation, the nude body of Annie Holland is discovered and the murder investigation begins with the entire population of the village as suspects.

Konrad is joined by his assistant
Linda  Branham Greenwell
A young girl, Annie, is found murdered and naked in a small town in Norway. The town is one of several small communities served by the city police, and Inspector Sejer and his younger partner Jakob Skarre are assigned to the case.
It's a small, close, valley community where everyone knows everyone else, though not as well as they think they do. The dead girl, Annie, had been bright, outgoing and well liked by everyone. Everyone also noticed that she had become quieter and even a bit withdrawn in
Dec 05, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by this Norwegian author. It was a very pleasant surprise. No grisly action or pyrotechnics (a la Nesbo of late) and no overly morose characters (a la Mankell, Indridason or Camillari, although I am a big fan of all of them). A reasonably emotionally and psychologically balanced Chief Inspector (Konrad Sejer) and his young , and interesting, associate, Jakob Skarre. They try to solve a murder, which involves multiple plausible suspects in a small town. It ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Amorfna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic
Ja stvarno kanda imam neki bag u glavi jer nikako ne uspevam da uskočim u ovaj moderni vozić glorifikacije skandinavskih krimi trilera. Pokušala sam sa serijama, ne ide. Pokušam sa knjigama, ne ide.
A da znate, baš se trudim i stvarno nije fer da samo meni konstantno izmiče mogućnost da ubeđujem sve oko sebe da su Skandinavci majstori trilera.
Pošto obožavam da ubeđujem druge.

Elem. Da ne ispadnem totalni mračnjak, očigledno je da mi se knjiga svidela. Karin Fosum piše lepo i rado ću čitati još pon
Apr 03, 2015 Hal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Karin Fossum novel. It won't be my last!

This is a tightly written procedural set in Norway. The low-key chief inspector Sejer is unpretentious and straightforward. He is not the intellectual Ruth Rendell created in her long-running Inspector Wexford series or the heavy-drinking, porn-persuing inspector Morse who Colin Dexter brought to life.

Instead we have a soft-spoken widower with eczema. I found him personable and believable. I hate mysteries where there is so much misdirect
Mackey St
Karin Fossum is known as the Queen of Nordic Noir and I was quite excited to read her books, especially the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer. Although Don't Look Back is her second novel in the series, I did not find it difficult to pick up in the story line. Fossum describes each of her characters in depth, filling out each of their personalities perfectly. Sejer is meticulous and thorough but not ever to the point of becoming redundant or boring which often is found in crime novels. The ...more
May 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, kindle
I was hooked at the beginning with the very first plot twist, which I had read about in the book description, but had somehow forgotten. The pace is almost deceptively slow as the detectives spend most of the book questioning everyone in the small Norwegian village, but I found it very hard to put down as I was so engaged in the mystery and gradual building of suspense. There are definitely some red herrings, but I really didn't figure out who the killer was until the end. I very much liked the ...more
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Karin Fossum (née Mathisen) 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 translate ...more
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Inspector Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“You have a daughter who’s been through puberty,” he said inquisitively. “So what was it like?” “Oh,” Sejer said, looking out the window. “It was mostly Elise who handled that type of thing. But I do remember it. Puberty is a really rough time. She was a sunbeam until she turned thirteen, then she began to snarl. She snarled until she was fourteen, then she began to bark. And then it wore off.” 1 likes
“Do you know Oslo well?” Sejer asked, surprised. “I drove a taxi there for two years.” “Is there anything you haven’t done?” “I’ve never done any skydiving.” 1 likes
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