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Black Seconds (Inspector Konrad Sejer #6)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,960 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
Ida Joner gets on her brand-new bike and sets off to buy sweets. A good-natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her tenth birthday. Thirty-five minutes after Ida should have come home, Helga Joner, her mother, starts to worry. She phones the shop and various friends, but no one has seen her daughter. As the family goes out looking for Ida, Helga's worst nightmare be ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Harvill Secker (first published 2002)
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Mar 01, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fossum, Karin. BLACK SECONDS: An Inspector Sejer Mystery. (2002; this translation 2007). *****. This is another terrific psychological mystery by Fossum, who is a writer you must read – if you haven’t already done so. Inspecter Sejer is an older man, one who tries to understand the vagaries of life and the roots of crime, rather than simply trying to solve them. He is very much like earlier detectives from many other novelists in that he seeks to solve through understanding of motives, but disti ...more
May 28, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This is a wonderful series. I've read two others but didn't realize that ALL of Fossum's books are now available on Kindle through my local library. Wow, I am going to start from the beginning and read them all.
Ida, a beautiful, precocious, daring only child, turns up missing. Two threads are developed, one of which leads to the killer, in an unpredictable way. It may seem strange to comment on the COLOR of a police procedural, but the use of color in this book is striking and significant - a y
Mar 16, 2017 Vesela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, crime, nordic-noir, 2017
Още една чудесна скандинавска книга!
Много ми хареса историята, атмосферата, героите....
Напоследък съм много чувствителна , когато чета или гледам филми за изчезнали малки деца и затова тази книга истински ме разтърси и я съ-преживях.
Не си спомням откога не съм чувствала истинска жал и съчувствие към някой герой, както това се случи в тази книга с един от героите - умствено изостанал мъж.
Типичното за скандинавските романи - социалният елемент - не липсваше и тук.
Изобщо, само суперлативи мога
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 15, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it it was amazing
I had begun reading mysteries in about 1970, but it was only in 1998, when I began rating them for my own amusement (being a computational mathematician I love numbers). I did not rate all of the mysteries that I read, but I did most of them. A few days ago I looked my ratings up, and found out that among about 1300 mysteries I have rated there are just two that have received the highest rating of 9.5 out of 10, in my scale. One of them is Karin Fossum's novel "Black Seconds" (published in 2002 ...more
Lola Wallace
My objection to this book has nothing to do with the subject matter (I read a lot of really dark crime novels) and everything to do with the shoddy police work. What was actually a really obvious solution, as improbable and absurdly coincidental as it was, remained obscured until the end because the cops just didn't ask the right questions, the obvious questions to ask. It's several days into a child's disappearance before you bother to find out why her parents are divorced? You can't know that' ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Inés rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Desde el tercer capítulo sabía lo que había pasado,todo!!! Totalmente defraudada con esta novela,más cuando Fossum es de mis autores nórdicos favoritos. Leed a Karin Fossum,pero no este título.
Jun 20, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it
This is the second Karin Fossum book I've read (I'm on a Scandinavian crime fiction reading jag right now). One thing I notice about her style is that it's an emotional drama disguised as a mystery/crime. Karin Fossum tells the story about a little girl who disappears while off riding her bike on her way to a store - every parent's nightmare. The emotion that grips all the characters as the story develops gives them fullness and depth, and makes for compelling reading. If you are expecting polic ...more
Aug 08, 2008 Dorian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enough with the comparisons to Ruth Rendell already! (Every review or article or blurb about Fossum in the ENglish-speaking world goes there.) Fossum has the same psychological complexity, the same interest in psychological aberrance, but a lot more compassion than Rendell.

True, her detective, Sejer, is a bit too noble--how come fictional detectives are either perfect (a la Dalgleish, Poirot, Holmes) or shambling wrecks (a la Rebus, Wallander, Erlendur)?--but the book does a terrific job at seem
Jun 09, 2010 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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 I have come across so far.
Apr 20, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Another good read by ms Fossum with a missing child as the focus of the crime but with the twists and turns that accompany her stories. Once again detective Sejer solves the crime and this time we get a better look at him and a good glimpse of his psyche. I did enjoy this one.
Rose Pena
Dec 24, 2014 Rose Pena rated it really liked it
Tick-tock goes the clock as the black seconds pass.
Ida Joner; a pure, animal-loving girl from Norway. She's young and excited. After all it's her birthday in a week and she's finally going to turn 10 years old. One day, she goes off to buy a magazine and some candy. She takes her bike, she straps on her helmet, and she's off. Her mother waits at home. But after a while, little Ida doesn't return. The police are called and the incident is reported. They search but to no avail. She's vanished int
Thomas Bruso
Jan 19, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing
Creepy is an understatement when talking about Karin Fossum's detective series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre. In "Black Seconds," readers get a glimpse into a dark world not too many authors can create as powerful and troubling as Fossum.

From the beginning of the series in "Don't Look Back" until now in "Black Seconds," Fossum knows how to create a believable and realistic sketch of her characters and their aging lives. As evidence, Konrad Sejer is not the same
Oct 29, 2011 solaret rated it liked it
A common problem in mystery books seems to be that the true killer comes out of nowhere. Particularly in Agatha Christie books, red herrings are scattered all over the place, and the real killer always seems to be the most implausible person. Black Seconds, however, went too far in the other direction, in my opinion.

The first half of the book is concerned with Ida, an almost-ten-year-old girl who suddenly disappears one day. The second half deals with what happens after they find her.

I really en
Thomas Strömquist
I've seen a lot of comparisons between this and the preceding book in the series, The Indian Bride and the story of the disappearance of a 9-year old girl and the pursuing investigation is surely as tragic and dark as that one. This one, however, did not speak to me as "Indian Bride" did. Not sure if I can pin-point why, but I certainly think you must be in the mood for Fossums melancholic prose. I certainly have a problem at times with her short sentences. It may be that, or the fact that I nev ...more
I have read 2 other of Karin Fossum's in this series, the first and the 9th, this seems to disagree with other ratings but I didn't feel this was as good, a different translator perhaps? I don't know , I will continue with the others and hope to find them better than Black Seconds, slightly disappointed
Mary Kathryn
Aug 04, 2008 Mary Kathryn rated it really liked it
All of the Inspector Sejer books are good, but this one excels more as a mystery than as a furtherance of the main character. The central death, like the one in "Indian Bride," is so tragic. It shocks because of how normal the circumstances are surrounding it, not by how luried they are.
May 31, 2012 Claude rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, a, nordic
My favourite Karin Fossum so far. On to the next episode
David Hallstrom
Mar 20, 2017 David Hallstrom rated it it was ok
I began in late 2016 to read the Sejer series in order. I have found the work to be very solid - at least I did until Black Seconds.

The editor needed to send this work back for a major re-write. Ms. Fossum tries to do too much with the story and succeeds only in not catching traction. The attempts at misdirection are duds. If you cannot figure out within the first 1/4 of the book how the crime came to occur, you are not paying attention.

I give this two stars as there are some well written chapt
Nov 15, 2016 Ulrikke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Well-written, a slow crime novel which is good at analysing people. Sejer is a calm and collected policeman, but I did think that the mystery of the killer was a bit too obvious. I like to be surprised!
Sarah Moore
Jan 20, 2017 Sarah Moore rated it it was amazing
A brilliant gripping story. I couldn't put it down.
Sebastian Ek
Inget speciellt.
Feb 10, 2011 harryknuckles rated it it was amazing
Ida Joner is a sweet girl, adored by her mother Helga. She loves animals, and is looking forward to her tenth birthday. One day she rides out on her yellow bike to buy some sweets. When she fails to return 35 minutes after she should have, Helga starts to worry. She phones around, but there is no word, and eventually she calls the police. Still no news the following day, a local search is organised, with hundreds of local volunteers. However, nothing comes of it. Ida Joner and her yellow bicycle ...more
Jun 01, 2015 WordsBeyondBorders rated it really liked it
Early on in Karin Fossum's 'Black Seconds', when her daughter Ida has not come back home long after going to purchase some comics, Helga starts getting nervous but also thinks "... Why did this feel so familiar? Because she had already, for many years now, been rehearsing this moment in her mind...". This insight into the mind of not just Helga but any parents whose child is young, the fear that your child cannot take care of him/herself, the fear that she may get lost/hurt and sets the tone for ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Карин Фосум е специалистка в създаването на мрачна атмосфера. В това отношение "Черни секунди" е в състояние да предизвиква тръпки и да държи читателя в състояние на сериозна подтиснатост.

В едно тихо и спокойно предградие на Осло се случва немислимото - момиче на 10 години изчезва безследно с велосипеда си в рамките на отсечка от 3-4 км, без никой да е видял или чул нещо. Десет дни инспектор Сайер методично проследява всеки изминат от нея метър и разпитва всеки, който би могъл да има някаква инф
Mar 18, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Inspector Konrad Sejer
SERIES: #5 of 7
RATING: 4.25

Ida Joner is a beautiful nine-year-old girl who is the shining light in her mother, Helga's, life. When Ida sets out on her bicycle one day and doesn't return, Helga fears the worst. She's always had a feeling that something terrible would happen to Ida. The small community in which they live immediately begins a massive search, but there is no trace of Ida or her bicycle. Helga leans heavily on her sister, Ruth, and he
Dec 29, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first few chapters, I figured out what happened. It wasn't hard actually, but that really wasn't the author's intention I think. What kept me reading was once again Karin's great storytelling. As the novel unfolded the pieces fell beautifully into place. Details were expanded and the characters developed and became more complex. It was another fantastic read!
== A yellow bicycle and a red feather! ==

This is a somber tragic story that will arouse readers’ emotions. Is there anything more tragic than when a happy, vivacious and beautiful nine year old disappears without a trace in a small idyllic town that everyone assumes to be comfortable and safe? Ida Joner was that child who took off on her shiny new yellow bike to buy her favourite girl’s magazine and a pack of gum. It wasn’t far. She should have been back home within half an hour. But she never r
Julius Agho
Oct 05, 2014 Julius Agho rated it really liked it
Karin Fossum's Black Seconds was one of the first books to capture my attention. This book is dark, intense, and almost impossible to put down novel about investigation!
Ida Joner gets on her brand-new bike and sets off toward town. A good-natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her tenth birthday. Thirty-five minutes after Ida should have come home, her mother starts to worry. She phones store owners, Ida’s friends, anyone who could have seen her. But no one has. Suspicion immediately f
Ozlem Ertekin
Unfortunately I could not find any mystery in the plot, I found out what happened since the very beginning of the book, so there was no surprise in the end. I liked her writing style and Sejer's emotional, kind and respectful approach in solving the cases though.
Sarah Potter
Nov 19, 2013 Sarah Potter rated it really liked it
I first discovered the Norwegian Karin Fossum on a television programme about Nordic Crime writers, when she talked about the fact that she liked to set her stories in small settlements where everyone is known to each other and the killer might be any of the next-door neighbours or relatives. As with all of her writing, "Black Seconds" never disappoints, even though I guessed what had happened to missing child about a third of the way through the book. I admit to being in love with Sejer, the de ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 13 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)
  • The Indian Bride (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #5)
  • Mordet på Harriet Krohn (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #7)
  • The Water's Edge (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #8)
  • Bad Intentions (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #9)
  • The Caller (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #10)
  • The Drowned Boy (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #11)

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