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The Indian Bride (Inspector Konrad Sejer #5)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,290 ratings  ·  373 reviews
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...more
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
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
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
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,...more
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.
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
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Apr 20, 2013 mirta 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.
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...more
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
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...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.
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.
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.
Davy Buntinx
Geweldig geschreven thriller over Gunder Jomann die naar India trekt om een vrouw te leren kennen, ermee huwt en haar nooit thuis ziet aankomen.

Ongekend niveau van personageontwikkeling voor een 'spannend boek' van 320 pagina's. Zware aanrader.

Dit was m'n eerste boek van Karin Fossum, maar zeker niet het laatste!
Alan Hughes
This is an excellent crime novel. The whodunnit element is enjoyable and the procedural element is well written. However, there is a melancholy tale of love and loss which makes the book much more than a crime thriller. The characters are well drawn, likeable and believable and carry your interest throughout the book.
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
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.
Stephanie Wolf
Gunder lives in a small town where almost everyone knows everyone. Being a little different, he decides to travel to India in search of a bride. The reason he chose India was because of a book his sister had given him. He loves his sister dearly and cherishes their relationship.

While in India, Gunder is lucky and finds the perfect woman to be his bride, and she accepts. They are married in India and Gunder makes plans to have his new bride travel back to Norway, leaving her life in India behind....more
I'd say Fossum's strengths lie in her storylines more than her writing style, but this one is the worst in the series so far. Weird wording and descriptions, unrealistic cut-out characters, a plot that defied belief at times and an unsatisfying ending, this one wasn't a pleasure to read. (view spoiler)...more
A Very Realistic Crime Novel

Karin Fossum excels in creating characters. This book has wonderfully developed characters, each with their own psychological profile brought to life. The love story inside the mystery is beautiful.

I've worked in the criminal justice system all my life and this murder mystery is very realistic.

If you are someone who needs a more simple, formulaic book where all the endings are tied up sweetly, then, no, you won't like this book. But if you can see into the characters,...more
Calling out for You detours from the normal mystery. There is a murder and this murder struck me as terribly unfair. That's not to say any murder is fair, but happiness is a brief illusion here. The investigation ambled along at a sedate pace, bringing my impatience to the forefront until I realized this story was a subtle characterization of people both directly impacted and on the periphery of events. As I closed in on the end, I was fully engaged and then it was suddenly over. Not the ending...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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