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The Indian Bride (Inspector Konrad Sejer #5)

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Karin Fossum's fourth chilling crime novel finds Inspector Sejer on the hunt for a brutal killer in a good town gone bad.



When long-time bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. Then, on the day his bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found on the outskirts of town. The "good people
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Mariner Books (first published 2000)
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Karen C.
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
L
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
Nancy
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
Bill Garrison
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
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Sophie
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,
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Lobstergirl
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
Diane
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
Merreh65
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.
Rob Kitchin
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
Nick Johnson
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
Carol
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
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
Caroline
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
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Pam
04/02/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE INDIAN BRIDE by Karin Fossum
RATING: 5/A
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
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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
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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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Kiri
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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Michele Weiner
Karin Fossum writes good mysteries. I liked the story and the ambiguity of the ending. Lots of threads left hanging. It's about a Norwegian bachelor of fifty who falls in love with the idea of marrying a beautiful and petite Indian woman---any Indian woman. He takes off for Mumbai and of course, meets a waitress in the first restaurant he enters, and that's all I can tell you, except that she has buck teeth. I like her treatment of the bachelor and his love affair. I like that in the end, you ar ...more
Diana
My first Norwegian mystery by Karin Fossum.

Such a compassionate story of murder in a small town community. The townspeople so reluctant to give information to the police except anonymously, unable to believe one of their own small community could have done something so horrible... A compelling read.

Having just wasted my time on an American thug threatening evildoers non-stop action thriller with
an unsympathetic plot and characters, I savored this slower story with a calm Inspector Sejer who love
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Carmen
The fourth book in the Inspector Sejer mystery series. I really, really liked this book...but not as much as the first three, because the ending left things a little unresolved. In this book, a Norwegian man travels to India to find a bride. He does - but when she comes to Norway, she is brutally murdered. Who in this small town could have done such a thing? Very interesting. Karin Fossum sure knows how to spin a good tale - and how to make her characters very intricate and alive. I highly recom ...more
Ian Wood
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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-
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Ann Woodbury Moore
This is #5 of the Inspector Sejer mysteries by Karin Fossum, which I've been reading in order. Unlike the previous title, "When the Devil Holds the Candle," this is a genuine investigative novel vs. a psycho-drama. Fossum is excellent at creating characters. The hero, Gunder Jomann, is a Norwegian bachelor who falls in love with a photo of an Indian woman in a lavishly-illustrated book his sister gives him. Acting romantically (or foolishly), he travels to India, meets a waitress named Poona, an ...more
John Wiltshire
I've read a number of Karin Fossum's thrillers about the detective Sejer and they make excellent reading. They aren't the gory crime novels of Karin Slaughter, but in some ways it's nice to see horror being brought back into things that should be horrific. This has all the elements of a good mystery--a small, close-knit community, lots of suspects for the murder, some good detective work. But it's more than that, which is why I like this author so much. At the centre of the tragedy are two simpl ...more
Hal Zenner
I very much liked this book, especially the characterization of Gunder. Who could not feel empathy for this man? Many reviewers complain that the book has no definitive ending, and I felt this way for a moment until coming to the realization that the questions that remain are purposeful. The events that precipitated the murder remind me of Ruth Rendell's style where the everyday "random" events that occur are more meaningful than the end result.
Jen
I didn't realize that this was a mystery novel and one in a series, either. So the first few chapters I was really enjoying the kind of Maeve-Binchy type love story fraught with potential conflict the author was developing. Until the violent murder. Then I was shocked and had to re-read the cover which clearly says, "A Detective Sejer Mystery." I normally like mysteries but this one never came to a good conclusion. Started great, ended badly.
Nikolai Fredriksen
I had this book in a school assignment where I was going to compare two crime authors. I loved the book! It was so different from the few other crime books I had read. The main character Gunder was so interesting, and I really felt for him throughout the book. All the characters are well fleshed out, and this was one of the few books where I had absoloutely no idea who the murderer could be. Throughout the book, you get the feeling that anyone could be the murderer.

What really kills the book is
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Francis
I really like Karin Fossum.

Her books always seem to have quirky, likeable yet flawed characters dealing with unusually stressful situations ..sometimes well, ..sometimes not. The tension builds slowly, you never know who to trust. Sometimes, good people fail and bad people succeed. Sometimes, the story ends up wrapped up with a tidy little bow, sometimes the ribbon gets torn. You just never know with Karin Fossum, she can remind you of Ruth Rendell, although not quite so dark. Yeah, a little mo
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Mae
Not typically a book I would choose - this is a Corte Bella bookclub selection. I enjoyed the book, written in a folksy conversational style and it had insight that was interesting. I did not care for the "you draw your own conclusion" ending. I prefer things tidier than that, but....Looking forward to the bookclub discussion.
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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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Inspector Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Evas Öga (Inspector Konrad Sejer #1)
  • Don't Look Back (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #2)
  • He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #3)
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #4)
  • Black Seconds (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #6)
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  • The Caller
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