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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 Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...more
Naomi
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.
Mark
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...more
Jeff
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...more
Ron Hummer
The story begins when a little girl named Ragnhild who has disappeared from her village and no one knows where she is. She was going home when a man picked her up in his van and said that he would take her where she needed to go.
Obviously, this is terrifying and you hope for the best. Ragnhild is brought back to this man’s house and after a while she pleads with the man to take her home. Eventually, he agrees and he leaves her by her parents house.
Inspector Sejer has already gotten involved...more
Audra
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
Bill Garrison
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
Lara
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...more
Ellie
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...more
Babette
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.
Justus
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
Booknblues
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...more
Stein
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...more
Steve
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
Amorfna
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...more
Loraine
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
Jennifer
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
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...more
Hapzydeco
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.
John
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
Helen
This is the second in the Inspector Sejer series, but due to the mysterious tendency to publish translations out of order it was the first available in English for a long time. [Why do they do that??] Coming to it late means at least it's possible to read the first one first now! Inspector Sejer is a fairly well-balanced older policeman, who seems to have no major issues with drink or with authority (his only obvious issue is that he misses his dead wife). This book first appeared nearly 20 year...more
Jozef Kuric
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.

Čítajte viac: http://jozefkuric.blog.sme.sk/c/35076...
Joe
I look forward to reading more of this series. This is a quiet and plausible mystery--no car chases, no,serial killers, no kick-ass detectives crawling out of graves. But the first and last chapters hint powerfully at the presence of evil at the margins of everyday life. I was disturbed by them and drawn to Inspector Sejer's methodical and professional style as an investigator. Why is it that Scandinavians are so good at writing this sort of novel?
Carol Balawyder

Karen Fossum was a new discovery for me and also my introduction to Nordic crime fiction. Known as the Norwegian Queen of Crime, she stands up to her crown.
In reading the novel, I felt that I was part of Inspector Sejer’s team, trying to solve the crime as Fossum dropped subtle, surprising and unexpected clues. I also found myself thinking about the crime even after I put the book down, using Inspector Sejer’s technique of lining up his thoughts.
Aside from the investigation into the death of Ann...more
Arnie
This was my introduction to Nordic crime fiction. I was hooked instantly! Mrs. Fossum is an amazing wordsmith! I have read everything she has available to date. I have even seen several of the movie adaptions of her books. I cannot get enough or say enough! Her books are an experience and if you have a drop of Norwegian blood in your veins it comes right to the surface......"jeg vi elsker Karin Fossum"
Marina
Original review is posted on Chick Library Cat Book Blog:

http://chicklibrarycat.blogspot.com/2...

A little girl is missing and entire community is looking for her. Last time she was seen in a van with a guy with Down's syndrome who lives at the end of the neighborhood. When the little girl is found safe and sound, she reveals another crime. A body of a teenage girl by the lake. Naked, but covered, not violated.

Inspector Sejer works on the case. Coping with his own demons, he has to connect all t...more
Sandi
Karin Fossum's English debut features older, widowed Inspector Konrad Sejer who is trying to solve a murder that took place in a small Norwegian village. Very well done police procedural. Sucked me in from the first page. Great plot, suspense, and characters. Will definitely continue on with the series.
Lisa B.
I liked this book so much, I decided to look up excellent in Norwegian in honor of the author. Uitstekend - Ms Fossum! I really liked the writing style, the occassional touch of humor, even in a murder mytery - and that I had to read all the way to the end to find out who the murderer was. I will definately be reading more of this author - lucky me.
Molly
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.
Ann Woodbury Moore
I've discovered a new mystery series that's interesting and well-written: the Inspector Sejer novels by Karin Fossum. Fossum is Norwegian, and curiously enough her first title published in the U.S., "Don't Look Back" (2002) is actually the second of the series. "Eva's Eye," number one, came out last year in English with a different translator. I read "Eva's Eye" first and liked it, although the plot line was a bit bizarre; however, in my opinion, "Don't Look Back" is far better, a more tradition...more
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Karin Fossum 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...more
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