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The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum
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Mar 29, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: norway, mystery
Read in April, 2008

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 small Norwegian village -- Elvestad. He has been enchanted w/ a photo of an Indian woman in the book People of All Nations and decides to take a trip to India and find a wife. He travels to Mumbai and eats at a nearby restaurant where he becomes smitten w/ the waitress, Poona a 38-yr-old. They marry and he returns to Norway. Poona, his bride will soon follow. A very sweet and tender romance that unfortunately will not have a happy ever after. Gunder's sister is in a critical auto accident at the time he is to pick-up Poona at the airport. Poona finds other transport to Elvestad but Gunder & Poona never reunite -- she is brutally murderdered. This small town is stunned and unwilling to admit that one of their own neighbors is capable of such violence. Detective Sejer is also portrayed in a very human light, especially the snippets referring to his ailing canine companion. The ending is a bit open to speculation. Wonderful book, will be reading more of Fossum.
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