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Calling Out For You (Inspector Konrad Sejer #5)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,795 Ratings  ·  478 Reviews
Gunder Jomann thinks his life has been made complete when he returns from a trip to India a married man. But on the day his bride arrives in Norway she vanishes. Then the town is shocked by the news of an Indian woman found bludgeoned to death in a nearby meadow.

Inspector Sejer and his colleague Skarre head the murder inquiry, planting seeds of suspicion in a community whi
Paperback, 387 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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Karen C.
Dec 31, 2008 Karen C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I had finished reading the last page, I felt like I had been dumped out of a moving vehicle onto a quiet countryside road in the middle of nowhere. For an instant I thought, "Is there a Part II?" This book is a quick, fun read and you become addicted to the situation and the characters early in the book; the addiction becomes increasingly stronger as you continue to read on. But there are no easy answers to who is the guilty culprit. Someone confesses, but is he a victim of mind control? In ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Elina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό!!! Θα ήθελα πιο δυνατό φινάλε...
Oct 07, 2008 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This Norwegian mystery was a strange little book. It held my interest, but I wasn't so thrilled with the characters. Except for Poona (the Indian bride), the female characters were not very bright or sane or likeable (Marie was okay I guess but she was in a coma for most of the book). The police officers were too good to be true. And the main character, Gunder was the world's sweetest most devoted man living a fantasy until August 20th - when his charmed life completely turned upside down. I kep ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read, with many interesting characters, a good flow, moments of mystery and moments of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed picking the book up every night, hoping to find out more and to try and guess who the murderer was. However, the ending disappointed me.

I usually judge a book by the ending. If it is a good ending, I will say the whole book was good even if it started out less well. In this case, the book was great, but the mediocre ending ruined it for me. The problem was,
Bill Garrison
Jul 09, 2012 Bill Garrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Karen Fossum and have enjoyed going through her books, reading one about every three months as I catch up on all that she has written. THE INDIAN BRIDE is the fourth book in the Konrad Sejer series, I believe. It is a book where you will definitely enjoy the journey, but the destination might leave a sour taste in your mouth.

It takes some getting used to, but I've grown to love the structure of Fossum's novels in which Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre don't appear until chapt
Jun 17, 2012 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fossum takes quite a different approach to the murder mystery genre than we usually see, built in a different sensibility. Yes, there is a murder, a brutal murder. There is an investigation. But the focus here is more on the quirks of fate that led the victim to be where she was, when she was, and on the husband left behind. The tale is also about the people in this small Norwegian town/village, what they've seen, what they imagine, and why they don't talk; the level of secrecy is astonishing. I ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first though, when finishing, was WHAT? What just happened? Then, "that's all?". After I slept on it, I decided that it was okay. I got the whole story. I don't need any more, but I want more.

This is book five in a series and I have not read any of the previous books. I do not really know Inspector Sejer nor his partner. I got a glimpse and I want more, so I will be going back to the beginning now.
This Fossum's book doesn't contain the suspence that the scandinavian crime literature has used used us to. It doesn't the tension of "who did it". On the other hand though, it has some positive characteristics. One of them is the beautiful description of the landscape. Especially of the place where the crime was commited.Another worth mentioning trait of the book is the description of the psychology of the people who happen to live in close society, where the secrets ( and even the personal dai ...more
When will I learn not to rent audios for Nordic crime fiction? I hope that I’m not ethnocentric, but I couldn’t keep the foreign sounding names for these Norwegian characters (and towns) straight in my head. I became frustrated, which diminished my enjoyment of this story. I’ve no doubt that it is a better novel that my rating indicates.
I have to admit a tiny tear escaped my eye on the last page of The Indian Bride. A 50-something Norwegian tractor salesman, goodnatured and a bit of a simpleton, goes to India to procure himself a wife. She flies to Norway but he can't meet her at the airport due to unforeseen circumstances, whereupon she is violently killed in a field. Near the end of the book her Indian brother comes to Norway to claim her body, and brings with him a letter she has written him explaining why she married this m ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After having read When the Devil Holds the Candle, I knew I was in for something unusual when I picked up another of Karin Fossun's Inspector Sejer's books. This one, The Indian Bride, as did the earlier book, features action that takes place almost outside of Inspector's Sejer's investigation. Fossum succeeds in developing parallel narratives of Sejer and the character Gunder, who goes in search of a wife in India. Throughout the book, as in the earlier book, the reader always knows more than I ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was my first Fossum novel and a refreshing approach to a "cozy" mystery. I never really understood the main character, because his reactions to the death of his wife, and lack of interest in the investigation, seemed so "off" to my American mind. Fossum converted me, though, as the book went on, to the perspective of her characters, their approach to the police, etc. The Indian Bride is a good ride. When the reveal occured in the last 20 pages, it not only made sense, but I didn't anticipat ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Merreh65 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by an article in the "Wall St. Journal" about the popularity of Scandinavian detective novel writers in hard times, I checked out samplings from half a dozen authors. This story was impossible to put down! Starkly drawn, but very believable, characters made this story of one lonely, middle aged man's search for love moving and tragic. On the third to last page doubt is subtly thrown on the crime's resolution.
Ian Wood
Dec 09, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Dominiek Leenknecht
Zeer goed boek. Een vrijgezelle landbouwer op leeftijd uit een piepklein dorpje met nauwelijks een paar duizend inwoners, trekt naar India en leert er de vrouw van zijn leven kennen. Hij stelt alles in het werk om zijn nieuwe vrouw naar Noorwegen te krijgen, maar door een speling van het lot kan hij haar niet zelf ophalen in de luchthaven. Ze komt nooit aan.

Een dag later wordt haar lijk, heel zwaar gehavend, teruggevonden op amper een paar kilometer van dit dorpje.

De Indiase bruid is in de eerst
Apr 20, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really wonderfully different type of book to read. It was more a character study of the people of a town where a young Indian woman is brutally murdered for no apparent reason, and the reactiion of the people who are marginally or directly involved with contact with her and the man who married her and brought her to this place. I found myself caught up in the distinct loneliness of these individuals and their seeming inability to empathize or relate to each other as most would expect ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll only say that I had a difficult time putting it down. My husband's review sums it up well:

"There was a touch of guilt in everyone, which put them in a bad light, sometimes quite undeservedly. The ruthlessness of it, digging into other people's lives, was the part of the job he disliked most."

Karin Fossum's Nordic noir hero Inspector Sejer is back to delve into the lives of the 2,000 souls in Elvestad, a Norwegian village so interested in protecting one another that the truth of a brutal cri
Rob Kitchin
Apr 26, 2015 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Whilst ostensibly a police procedural, Calling Out For You has a somewhat different approach to most books in the sub-genre, focusing as much on the local community and how it reacts to a heinous crime in its midst as it does on the investigation. The result is a narrative strongly focused on exploring various characters and their interactions and the themes of uncertainty, doubt, suspicion and loyalty. Fossum nicely plays the heartstrings with respect to the doomed relationship between Gunder a ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for book club and thought it was a great mystery and well written. I also liked the characters and enjoyed the pace of the story. It really felt like a PBS Masterpiece Mystery (hint hint PBS)of which I am a huge fan so I think I am going to read another inspector Sejer book soon!
Sara Dovre Wudali
More, more! Must immediately seek out her other books. I loved the Norwegian, small-town sensibility. And I loved that she demands you be a close reader. Without a close read, I think you will not enjoy the ending. It is not just a detective novel, but a character study. Lovely.
Nick Johnson
Jul 23, 2014 Nick Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is trendy to read Scandinavian crime fiction lately. Everyone got in a tizzy over the "Girl who .. oh whatever" series but the truth is there are infinitely better authors out there from the Frozen North than the late Mr Larsen (however it is spelled). Karin Fossum is one and this is the best of hers I have read so far. Simple tale; lonely Norwegian bachelor (good Lord! it already sounds like a Garrison Keillor monologue!) goes to India and finds a bride (she of the title). By a series of unf ...more
Evanston Public  Library
I am having great fun, if that's the appropriate word to use when referring to gruesome murder mysteries, discovering the authors of the far northern regions. Maybe it's the cold, dark winters, but Scandinavia seems to produce writers who are expert devisers of tightly written, complex, psychologically rich crime novels. My latest discovery is Karin Fossum from Norway. In this offering, Gunder Jomann a shy, sweet bachelor who some think of as slow, acts on an impulse, travels to India and finds ...more
May 03, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Gunder, a quiet who has never traveled outside Norway, is entranced by the beautiful women he sees in a book, and makes a spur of the moment decision that if he goes to India, he will find his bride there ... somewhere in the teeming city of Mumbai. And find her he does, but on the day that she is to arrive in Oslo, his sister has an accident and is rushed to the hospital. Gunder has a tough decision to make ... to rush to his sister's side or to pick up his wife from the airport. It's a decisio ...more
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Είναι το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα της Karin Fossum που μεταφράζεται στα ελληνικά από το Μεταίχμιο. Παρόλα αυτά πρόκειται για μια βετεράνο του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος, καθώς έχει εξέχουσα θέση στο νορβηγικό αστυνομικό για πάνω από μια δεκαπενταετία.

Το βιβλίο διαφημίστηκε ως “το καλύτερο νορβηγικό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα όλων των εποχών” από το Dagbladet. Ο χαρακτηρισμός είναι μάλλον υπερβολικός. Αποδίδει όμως τιμή σε μια σχολή αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας όπου η αστυνομική πλοκή υποχωρεί έναντι της κατάδυσ
Lynn Spencer
Sep 19, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read this book for the 2012 TBR Challenge, and I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.

I read across a wide variety of genres, so choosing a non-romance book for this month’s TBR Challenge proved rather tricky. In the end, I went with a mystery, because I really wanted to get back into Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series. Set in rural Norway, this series follows Inspector Sejer on his investigations and stands apart from many other mystery series in that it focuses much more on the psychology and
Apr 03, 2008 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, norway
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/ 2001 Norway & 2007 English translation/297 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #5 in Inspector Konrad Sejer series
TIME/PLACE: 1990's/Norway
CHARACTERS: Inspector Konrad Sejer
FIRST LINES: The silence is shattered by the barking of a dog.

COMMENTS: Library book. Loved it! The set-up is about the 1st 1/3 of the book that really is emotionally engaging. We meet Gunder Jorman a 50 yr old bachelor living in a smal
Catherine Woodman
This is my favorite Karin Fossum book to date--I think the Norwegians might be just a little too jaded and hardened amongst the Scandinavian authors to write murder mysteries--but this one proves me wrong. The main character is a Norwegian man that we can all relate to--a typical "work hard, save, oops I forgot to have a relationship--any relationship--with a woman", so he decides one day that he will take a trip to India, and find himself a wife--which miraculously he does, and does surprisingl ...more
laura m
Apr 20, 2013 laura m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any nordic/european crime ficton fan and anyone who loves psychological aspect more than action
A perfect book from a perfect writer.
Exactly like its cover, which is also perfectly matched. Grey and grim and desperate and it's getting worse.
This is a tale of an ordinary small town/village simpleton who manages at age of over 50 in changing his life, for a brief moment. And then we are witnessing how his luck gets shattered and how a weird and improbable turn of events leads to a shocking and grisly revelation.
Not for those who dislike depressive mood which is so ever present in this book.
Dec 22, 2015 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Карин Фосум се очертава една от предпочитаните ми крими-авторки. "Индийската съпруга" е едновременно мрачна, тъжна, оригинална и грабваща.
Dec 10, 2008 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a great deal, especially once I had gotten absorbed into Karin Fossum's world and prose. This is the second book translated from Norwegian that I've read this year (the first was "Out Stealing Horses") and based on this small sample it seems like there's such a distinctive Norwegianness to the writing. The sentence structure, the way people speak and respond.

I appreciate the way in which the book ends up being not so much about the murder, but about the ways in which people have
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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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