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

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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 tow ...more
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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
Aug 03, 2011 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.
Nov 12, 2011 Audra rated it liked it
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
Oct 20, 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.
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
Feb 16, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
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 09, 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
Bill Garrison
Oct 13, 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
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
Jul 09, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Apr 08, 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
Jan 28, 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
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
Sep 30, 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
Jul 14, 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
Mar 16, 2012 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, 2015 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
Jan 19, 2015 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on to another Nordic crime fiction series, this one by Norwegian writer, Karin Fossum. She very effectively uses a "show, don't tell" style in this first one (or at least the first one that is translated into Engish).

The mystery itself is convoluted and very satisfying and Inspector Sejer is suitably inscrutable yet kind and compassionate.
Dec 24, 2014 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm aware this book has its imperfections, but to me, it was an immensely enjoyable read. It had all the things I enjoy in Scandinavian noir, and then more: a nuanced portrait of the victim, a complex background, and the finale that wasn't merely about catching the killer. This is how I like my crime novels.
Oct 26, 2015 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far I've found Fossum a bit uneven over several books, but she does excel at sleight-of-hand. The tension in her books builds so quietly that you don't realize how absorbed you've become. If you like Ruth Rendell or M Waters, you'll like Fossum.
M'lee St
May 22, 2016 M'lee St rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Robert Intriago
Sep 21, 2010 Robert Intriago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-i
More of a police procedural. It was a good read. I liked her easy writing style and her logical approach to solving the crime. After reading a lot of Scandinavian crime books it is nice to read one without a social agenda. She is more in the Mankell category of writer than in the Nesbo. I enjoyed the book and plan to read her other novels.
I would have liked for her to spend a little more time giving a more detailed background into the main character, Sejer. She gives a couple of glimpses into hi
Aug 18, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical police procedural. While no Kurt Wallander, protagonist Inspector Sejer's quirky personality should hold the reader interest. Karin Fossum does not appear to be as dark as some of her fellow Norwegian writers.
Oct 29, 2015 martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable, intelligent crime thriller by a writer who's not afraid to describe characters and locations sensitively and a good translator who succeeds in bringing that to English. I loved the beginning, a wonderful play on our tendency to leap to conclusions based on insufficient information and inbuilt prejudice.

Unlike others here, I also liked the occasionally confusing back and forth between two simultaneous story lines without warning. Takes a bit of getting used to, but once you fig
Jun 01, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beside a high tarn near a small Norwegian town, a 15-year-old, Anna, is discovered dead; someone held her head down in the shallow water at the lake's edge until she drowned. As Inspector Sejer and his team investigate, we build up a picture of the dead girl: an athletic prodigy, a great lover of children with the ability to handle even the most cantankerous of them (she babysat for the whole neighbourhood), a good student at school and someone apparently much loved by all around her, yet also s ...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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“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.” 0 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.” 0 likes
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