Evas Öga (Inspector Konrad Sejer #1)
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Evas Öga (Inspector Konrad Sejer #1)

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En kall aprildag upptäcker Eva Magnus och hennes lilla dotter en död man flytande i älven. Men Eva ringer inte till polisen, hon försöker istället skräckslagen förtränga synen av den döde. Varför?
När polisen hittar mannen, som blivit knivhuggen till döds, hamnar utredningen på kriminalkommissarie Konrad Sejers bord. Han håller samtidigt på att nysta upp ett mord på en pros...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 1998 by Månpocket (first published 1995)
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switterbug (Betsey)
Karin Fossum may be listed as the Queen of crime fiction, but to me, she is the queen of the disconcerting ending. I mean, blow me away, Ms Karin. Blow. Me. Away. You did it again! Well, let me first digress.

Ever since the outrageously popular series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Scandinavian mysteries have been flooding the American marketplace. How to parse which ones are good, mediocre, or flat out bad? Some of these mysteries preceded DRAGON in its original country, but were printed in E...more
Diane S.
3.5 This is actually her first book in this series, but has just been translated and released here in the states. Seemed sort of funny to be reading a book where his grandson is a baby, after reading the series and seeing him grow up, that took a bit getting used to. But I have to say I really enjoyed this story, she spent alot of time on her characters and the reader can tell. It was not as dark, and abrupt as some of her later ones, but regardless the lady can write.
Janette Fleming
Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer.

But the trail has gone cold.

It's as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer's desk: the murd
...more
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? Because it was by an author listed in the Scandinavian and Nordic Crime Fiction group at Goodreads, and it was on offer from Amazon's ARC programme.

What's it a about? This is the first Inspector Sejer book by Karin Fossum set in a small town in Norway.

Eva and her daughter, Emma, are out walking along the river when a body appears in the water. Eva appears to recognise the shoes on the body. She tells her daughter she will ring the police and drags her to a telephone box, but i...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Joy at last. A great book after the last two, not so good ones I endured. Karin Fossum is consistent so far and has not turned out any turkeys. This one is the first of the Sejer cases. Now, I don't quite understand this I have to admit, having read nine Sejer books previously. The publication date is 2012, so I am wondering was this translated much later than the others? Anyway, that does not take away from the fact it was a great story. The plot of the book is a body is found floating face dow...more
Kenneth Fredette
I thought that this was the best story that Karin Fossum has told to date. Don't get me wrong but, she put the most into her characters in this her first
attempt at writing. Why they waited so long to translate it, it was a bad mistake on the publishers part.
Lukasz Pruski
Karin Fossum's "In the Darkness" is her first book in the Sejer series, written almost 20 years ago. Sejer has to solve two murders that seem to be somehow connected, and Eva Marie Magnus, the central character of the novel, is somehow connected to both cases. Sejer has to figure out what the connections are.

I did not like the first half of the book too much, although Karin Fossum is one of my absolutely favorite authors and I rate her "Black Seconds" and "The Indian Bride" as masterpieces of th...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I love the Inspector Sejer series; this is Scandinavian crime fiction at its best! Fossum is brilliant – writing understated, intelligent narratives that discuss the moral dilemmas of real life. We see most of the story through the views of her main characters, in this instance the struggling artist Eva and Inspector Konrad Sejer. Both are empathetic, considered and real.

Konrad Sejer listens. I am so impressed that this quietly spoken, conservative middle aged man has such patience and great lis...more
Victoria
Similar to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series has received high accolades and caught my attention a few years ago. And like Nesbo’s series, I similarly hesitated to read it because the first novel in the series had not yet been translated from Norwegian into English. I really loathe reading a series out of order - it always feel full of nagging details that leave you feeling like you’ve been excluded from important subcontext! So, I am quite pleased that this Eng...more
Sandi
While this was the first book written in the series for some reason the English translation was just recently published which made me assume it would be of lesser quality than the later books but that really was not the case. A good introduction to Inspector Sejer with the author's usual high quality psychological suspense.
Richard
Don't know why I was so late reading Karin Fossum. I really enjoyed this book and the gentle descriptive and incisive language which relates a detective story that is on a par with any current Scandinavian criminal fiction.
Inspector Sejer is a wonderfully drawn character who thinks a good deal and has an intelligent line in questioning.
The author has a different approach to telling her story of a double murder with plenty of tension throughout as well as the usual twists and turns. The usual chr...more
Marisol
It is the first book I read from this author, and I really enjoyed it. I think she is a wonderful storyteller; Fossum is able to keep your attention throughout the book by trying different strategies. If I compare her style to Henning Mankell's, I would say that his style is more cryptic, or maybe darker. Detective Sejer is not as troubled as my beloved Kurt Wallander, and his life seems less complicated. Maybe because of that, Fossum focuses more on the case Sejer is investigating rather than t...more
M
Sep 10, 2013 M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nordic suspense/thrillers/mysteries
This is the first Inspector Sejer mystery (1995), just released in the U.S. It is just as good as the later books in the series. Eva, a single mother and artist, is always in need of money. By chance she meets an old school friend who has a shady occupation and who invites Eva to join her. A murder witnessed, a murder committed, twists and turns in the plot--all classic Fossum. Through it all, Inspector Sejer, though a sad man, remains thoughtful, caring, and a brilliant detective. Fossum is at...more
Arnie
I read the Harvell Seker version from the UK. Titled : In the Darkness. The US title comes out this month . Eve's Eye...Eva is a struggling single mother and artist who witnesses her friends murder....what would you do? you're left at a crime scene unnoticed, you're friend is dead and you are left knowing your friend has hidden lots of money everywhere....and you are broke and terrified....this is the story about what Eva does....right or wrong. The very first Konrad Sejer story....a winner with...more
Naomi
Blog Review in Progress.

Initial Thoughts:

+ Started off a bit more slower to me than other Karin Fossum books.

+ Could definitely tell that this was first in the series compared to her other more polished books.

+ Although not my favorite in the series, it definitely had the twists that Ms. Fossum is known for.

+ Publishers waited too long to publish this book in the American market and really should be smacked upside their heads for doing so.

Denise Hlavka
I guess this was the first Detective Sejer book...and it was interesting.
A bit rambling towards the end, which then made it easy to see how the story would end. It would seem a bit far-fetched that the women in the story became so involved so quickly after 25 years, but that kindof happened to me recently, so it was believable to me, even though others I know who read the book thought it was stange. Twists in the plot, but unfortunately easy to guess at.
Linda
I actually read the English Translation "Eva's Eye".
This is the 3rd suspense novel I am reading by Karin Fossum.
In order not to spoil the fun for other readers, I won't tell much about the plot, only that the story is about a divorced female painter, who is not too successful and has a little daughter. On a walk with her daughter, she discover the corpse of a man in the river and obviously knows more about it than she is willing to tell. The ending includes some unexpected elements.

As usual, I...more
Nancy Brandwein
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Lane
Another Karin Fossum novel that is a let-down. For me so much of the story wasn't convincing. The weak, art-obsessed, loving mother we meet in the beginning simply isn't successfully transformed into the power-driven, danger-seeking maniac she is at the end. I feel so disloyal writing this, because I absoltely loved the first eight books, but this and The Caller just haven't been up to the same standard.

note: I just saw that this is actually the first novel in the series when I thought it was th...more
Jozef Kuric
Spojitosť so severským žánrom navodzuje najmä pochmúrne škandinávske prostredie tak typické pre tento kriminálny žáner a aj dôkladný opis sociálneho prostredia postáv. Evine oko je výbornou, skôr klasickou detektívkou, ktorá je vhodným čítaním práve v tomto daždivom, chladnom a predvianočnom období, dokonale vyplňujúcim čas, medzi prípravou nedeľného hovädzieho vývaru a ďalšou televíznou epizódou detektíva Herculea Poirota.

Čítajte viac: http://jozefkuric.blog.sme.sk/c/34306...
Carol
Same in Eva's Eye
Thomas Bruso
EVA's EYE is Karin Fossum's introduction to her Konrad Sejer series.

And it reads like a first novel. Drawn out in some scene, especially with Eva and her seven-year-old daughter, Emma. They stumble upon a dead body while taking a stroll by the river. And the police arrive, headed by Inspector Konrad Sejer. But Eva does not call them; they find the body on their own. It is a different Fossum plot altogether. But it works, adding a menacing atmosphere.

The scenes with Eva and Maja are the most inte...more
Mj
I was looking for a new detective series as one of my favourite series - The Kurt Wallander Series by Henning Mankell will soon be coming to an end. I discovered The Inspector Konrad Sejer series by Karin Fossum and was particularly intrigued by how readers described the interesting central character of Konrad Sejer. I have always enjoyed books, including mysteries, where character development plays a central role.

Fossum has been billed as the queen of Norwegian crime and her books have been tr...more
Gretel
Karin Fossum's 'In the Darkness', the first in the Inspector Sejer series was published way back in her native Norway in 1995. Nearly two decades later it recieved an overdue English translation. The rest of the Sejer series have had English translations and I imagine some fans have waited for this book with bated breath. It's annoying when series are published out of order and I tend to go 'GAH' when I find out the book I thought was the first in the series is something like seventh (I'm lookin...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the first book in the Norwegian mystery series featuring Inspector Sejer, although it was one of the more recent ones translated to English. Here a man, Egil, missing for months turns up dead in a local waterway, and his injuries show the violence to which he succumbed. He went out, apparently to show his much-loved classic car to a potential buyer, and while the car was found splattered with blood, his body hadn't until now. It is not the only unsolved murder case on Sejer's desk. He ha...more
Monica
It's the first of the Sejer series, written in 1995, but only translated into English in 2012. It's got all of the qualities that make her books so appealing. It is much more character driven than action oriented, solving the crime is almost incidental to the unfolding of the story.

Sejer, a low key, good natured widower who likes to jump out of airplanes, is faced with two homicides - an expensive call girl who is asphyxiated in her home, and a brewery worker whose body with multiple stab wounds...more
Pat
Fossum has become renown for her psychological suspense and mystery novels set somewhere in Norway. In fact place is generally of very little importance in her books except as it often reflects the emptiness in the lives of her characters, or that sense of being lost in the wilderness. It would be easy to imagine Inspector Sejer as the elder brother of so many Scandinavian crime fiction detectives: “Sejer’s face was impassive, it was impossible to tell what he was thinking. It made him look seve...more
Dominiek Leenknecht
Karin Fossum's schrijfstijl komt op ieder moment overeen met de inhoud van wat ze aan het schrijven is: langzame passages ("een lange autorit") worden ook heel waarnemend, traag en aanschouwelijk omschreven, de spannende gebeurtenissen die snel verklopen vertalen zich in koortsachtige elkaar verdringende korte zinnen. Alleen al daarom vind ik haar werk (althans: de twee boeken die ik las) zo hard de moeite waard.

Eva's Oog is anderzijds wel een vreemd boek: het "verhaal binnen het verhaal" komt b...more
Gloria Feit
As the book opens, Eva Magnus is walking with her seven-year-old daughter, Emma, one late afternoon in April along the riverbank in her Norwegian town, described as “only beautiful after dark,” when suddenly a body floats to the surface of the icy water. Although she tells Emma that she will immediately call the police, the call she makes is an innocuous one to her father, after which the two go to McDonald’s to eat and then return to their home. Eva is an artist, a single mom after that her hus...more
Steve
Her first Konrad Sejer book from 1995, but only recently translated into English. Too bad, because it gives some good background information on Inspector Sejer. In any case, a very enjoyable read both for the mystery and the observations and discussions about art. Eva is a painter who paints only in black, white and gray (no colors) and the storyline here deals in those gray areas of circumstance, memory and our psyche. Eva is slowly being beaten down by money problems (her phone service was rec...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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“Money isn't everything," Eva said knowingly. "Perhaps you'll die before you can enjoy it."

"Perhaps you'll die before you've even lived," Maja countered.”
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