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Den onde viljen (Inspector Konrad Sejer #9)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,582 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Unggutten Jon blir funnet død i et vann sent på høsten. Han er på hyttetur med barndomsvenner. Like etter blir nok en gutt funnet død i et vann. Er det en forbindelse mellom de to dødsfallene og foreligger det noe kriminelt i ungdomsmiljøet? Dette er den 9. romanen med Konrad Sejer og som vanlig er det Sejers vilje til å forstå det kompliserte i menneskesinnet som blir utl ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published 2008 by Cappelen Damm
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I'm not sure whether a friend told me about this book or if I saw it mentioned on a website; either way, it was presented to me as a Scandinavian crime novel in the mold of Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc). Everyone is recommending Scandinavian crime novels these days, riding on Larsson's coattails.

Well. Bad Intentions is nothing at all like Larsson. There's not a hint of Lisbeth Salander here, or even Mikael Blomkvist. The author isn't even Swedish; she's
This is the worst one yet. The writing seemed very amateurish to me; the book did not engage me, and yet again, she indulges in the annoying habit of providing just a bit of forboding information about Konrad Sejer, but I guess I'd have to read the next novel to know where that goes. If I can get it for $1.99 on my Kindle, like I did with this one, I might do it; otherwise, forget it. I'm off to find other Scandinavian crime authors who can better hold my interest.
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum tells the story of three friends who make a bad choice and a drunken moment and whose lives unravel as a result. The book begins with the suicide of one of the three young men while the other two watch and then decide to wait a day to report his suicide. They have a secret which is the mystery of this book. But the real story is not the solution of the mystery but the effect the wrong choice has on the friends and those around them.

The book is part of the Sejer/Ska
When an institutionalized young man, suffering from a nervous condition, is found at the bottom of Dead Water lake after a night camping out with 2 of his friends, a verdict of suicide, is released. However, Inspector Sejer is not convinced that foul play didn't have a hand in his death, despite evidence to the contrary. There's just something about the way he died, and the statements made by the man's therapist and girlfriend, which didn't seem to indicate he was in the frame of mind to do away ...more
Bill Garrison
Bad Intentions, by Karen Fossum, is the latest in the Det. Konrad Sejer series to be translated into English from its original Norwegian. While the short novel is easily readable and quite a page turner, it is also easy to find faults with.

Axel, Reilly, and Jon have been best friends since childhood. Axel and Reilly checked Jon out of a mental institution for a weekend getaway. The three friends are ravaged by guilt over an incident that continues to haunt them. Over the weekend, tragedy strikes
Jessica Woodbury
I've been reading Karin Fossum for years now, so I've had a chance to see her change. Her books started as more traditional crime novels. Procedurals, basically, with a stoic and sensitive Inspector Sejer at their heart. They were always smarter and more emotionally honest than your average crime novel.

Lately she's moved in a different direction. Her novels claim to be Inspector Sejer books but he is only a minor figure in "Bad Intentions." Instead the book focuses on a group of 3 men, friends s
Thomas Bruso
A warning for all Karin Fossum followers: "Bad Intentions"--not for the squeamish. But the writing, as always, is riveting and pulse-pounding. As are Fossum's characterizations of people.

In her newest, brief novel, Fossum catches her readers off guard with her dangerously delicious approach to the dark side of the human mind. Three troubled boys: Jon, Reilly and Axel, fighting against demons from their past, must come to terms with their too-quick actions of a recent unsettling crime, which hits
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Another Karin Fossum book I have enjoyed reading. This is a relatively short book in the Skarre/Sejer series. A realistic and uncomplicated story, but it still keeps you engaged and hooked, as a good story should. Three young friends meet up in a cabin for the weekend and one has been granted weekend release from a psychiatric hospital. He is suffering from major anxiety and is clearly a troubled soul. He and his friends take a boat out on the lake late at night and he jumps into the water and d ...more
Marc Nash
This was my first exposure to Fossum and I was disappointed (especially when I went on to read another of her books which was fabulous).

This all just seems undercooked, not least her detectives who are so far back in the plot as to barely leave a trace as they get to the bottom of why a boy jumps out of a rowing boat in the middle of a freezing Norwegian Lake and plunges to his death while three friends in the boat look on. Fossum is always far more concerned with the impact of a death on other
3.5 stars. Somewhat predictable, but suspenseful anyway. The relationships between the female characters (Molly and the night nurse, the two moms) were more interesting than the relationship between the three friends. And Sejer seemed absent for much of the story; there wasn't a lot of detecting for him to do. Not my favorite of the series.
I have read past Inspector Sejer books and he has been a primary figure in those books. This book is unlike her previous books in that Sejer is barely featured. The book is told largely from the perspective of one of three life long friends who, it is made clear, have committed a criminal act together. The exact nature of the act, although hinted at, is not known until the end of the book. The book is more of a study in guilt than detection. What seems least believable about the book, largely be ...more
Well, I read. Read it easily, read it quickly. Short, pointed sentences. Descriptive. Not annoying tell, tell, tell. Norwegian. The eerie mystery was interesting as was all the pieces not having to be ostentatiously pulled together in the end like ta da. But still, when the characters aren't likable, it's hard to feel warm.
Stephanie Wolf
A young man is found dead. Everyone saw it as a suicide, except two others knew it wasn’t, and they weren’t about to tell.

Inspector Sejer is very good at his job, he should be, he has been at it for years. So when he is called to this scene to investigate, something just doesn’t sit right. The more the inspector and his assistant, Jacob Skarre, dig into the mans past, the more it just confirms his suspicion. Talking to those who knew him and searching through his past, Inspector Sejer is determi
I can never go wrong with Karin Fossum. :-) Looking forward to reading the next one!
Slow-paced psychological thriller; not much action, much introspection. Translated from the Norwegian; one of Inspector Sejer mysteries.

Here's a good quote:

"She might be unkempt, but she was no fool. Her mouth lived a life of its own. All sorts of superficial nonsense poured out of it, while her brain reasoned sharply and wisely. But she was not sentimental. She dealt only in reality. She had made her fair share of packed lunches for him over the years, she had put her clumsy signature on his sc
Once again, Fossum does not write a straight-up procedural crime novel. This is less of a "whodunit" and more of a "what did they do?" While Sejer and Skarre feature in the novel, it is primarily from the perspective of the three friends, Axel, Reilly and Jon. What I like is that we have a sense of what has happened, yet still feel in the dark. As is typical of Fossum's books, there is a pervasive sense of tragedy rather than typical "flashy" crime that's common to the genre. In fact, she sums u ...more
Karin Fossum writes a gentle psychological mystery centering on two young men covering up a crime. There is no violence or bloodshed. Just a dominate personality, Axel and a weaker one Reilly . Detective Sejer takes a back seat to the two men knowing he can play with the weaker one. Nice insight to a personality with no conscience and huge ego and ambition juxtaposed with a weak drug addicted man ravaged with guilt.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. One is on leave from a psychiatric hospital following a breakdown. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.

Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that
I found this book dumped in the share area of my apartment building, next to the trash and thought, why not try it out. It's sort of a detective novel about something that didn't really have to be a mystery. It was boring but it sounded literary so I tried to give it a go. Months later, I've hardly read any of it and realize I should just give up.

A very different type of a mystery from a translation of a mystery writer from Norway. It starts with a suicide and eventually also has a murder, that had already happened,to be solved. It shows what guilt can do to some people and not to others!!!!!
Not so much a police procedural, this was character study with a psychological slant on the motivations and machinations behind guilt and the resulting actions to maintain innocence of wrong doing. I read with fascination as events spiraled out of control.
Of the seven Karin Fossum novels I have read, this is by far the weakest. To me, the cardinal sin of mystery writing is when the solution hinges on a very unlikely coincidence. That's what happens here in this Inspector Sejer tale.

What I like about this Norwegian novelist is that in general she uses a low-key method of story telling. Here, however, she was done in by the weakness of her plot.

I think it is better to discard an attempt at art or leave it in the drawer until the structural proble
Odd book. Billed as a mystery in a series with Oslo detective Sejer. He was in maybe 2-3 of the very short chapters. Not much detective work explored.

Instead a view thru a window, a narrow and small window into the crescendo of evil initiated by a soul-less young man and his two too-willing followers. His constant lament: I am the victim here. Never once a matter of conscience or consideration of any moral over-rides. Depressing.

Well-written and masterfully structured, offering an inexorable des
I wish Axel was a real person so I could punch him in the face. John didn't do much for me, or elicit much in the way of sympathy, say. I had a soft spot for Reilly, and I think if it wasn't for that creep Axel he would have done the right thing. Clearly, when you read the description of Axel, and the description of Reilly, the fact that they were boyhood friends, isn't why they were friends as adults. I think that creep Axel needed Reilly to, as in the case of any bully, puff himself up. Very l ...more
Detectives Sejer and Skarra take a back seat psychologically in this riveting novel of three friends. Jon is severely depressed and Alex and Reilly decide to sign him out of the mental hospital for a trip to their cabin in the woods near Dead Water Lake. Jon takes anti-anxiety pills every hour and suffers from paranoia, but what does he have to fear from his friends? They decide to go out in the boat at night during a full moon and suddenly Jon stands and falls overboard. Neither Alex nor Reilly ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell

"Bad Intentions" is another novel in the Inspector Sejer series. Inspector Sejer is a great character He is a very astute policeman, and is able to sense when something is "not right" ... and then he systematically pieces the clues of a crime together in order to solve it. Ialos enjoy reading about his relationships, his thoughts and his "dog"

This story is about 3 friends, Axel, Reilly and Jon. They seem to have a secret that the 3 of them share. The secret is really bothering Jon and he has bee
“Yet I feel so bitter because we're not bad people. How can you know you're a good person if your life has been nothing but plain sailing?” (87).
“The pain, which originated in the roots of his teeth, found its way to the top of his head, where it threatened his pride” (97).
“Something he could not control had disregarded his excellence and decided to act as it pleased. And this something cared nothing for his exalted position but tormented him as though he was just anyone” (97).
“Again he looked a
Luanne Ollivier
Karin Fossum is new to me author and another Nordic author who has made her name known in North America.

Bad Intentions is the ninth offering in her Inspector Konrad Sejer series. The book opens with three friends spending a weekend at a cabin. Their interactions seem odd and tainted by an alluded to event in the past. The weekend ends with one of them dead. Inspector Sejer and his partner Inspector Jakob Skarre are called in. The victim Jon Moreno had been hospitalized for depression and was ou
Karin Fossum has been on my radar for a while. I love a good Scandinavian crime novel. Unfortunately, Bad Intentions left me with a ho-hum feeling.

Let me say right away that there is graphic violence towards an animal near the end of the book. I understand that the point is to show that one of the characters is evil and unfeeling. However, after reading that portion of the book, I had to put the book down for a few minutes and think about whether I wanted to finish reading. It is rare that I do

Once again, Karin Fossum weaves a Web of relationships affected by two deaths, presumably murders. The issue this time is bullying. As always, i really enjoyed Fossum,s disarmingly simple way that she reveals more and more about the dynamics between and among the various characters to explore the issue. The questions she asks us to ponder are: how much, if any, responsibility/blame do the victims of bullying bear? Do we as a society unintentionally encourage bullies because don't look past thei
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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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