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Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
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Jul 11, 12

bookshelves: kindle-edition, police-procedural
Read from June 01 to 03, 2012

The Inspector Sejer of Oslo, Norway series. Although the fourth in the series, this is the first to be translated into English.

The discovery of a body of a young woman in her teens near a lake has Sejer and his team completely puzzled. The girl is naked--but has not been sexually molested. There is no sign of violence. It looks like a suicide but a highly unlikely one as well. There are a few leads but they are no help. Sejer and his team go round in circles until finally out of the young woman’s past comes the clue that helps resolve the case

Henning Mankell more or less put Scandanavian police procedurals on the popular map. But there are other popular writers from that area, one of whom is the Norwegian Karin Fossum, who writes the Inspector Sejer series. Knorad Sejer bears some similarity to Kurt Wallander, Mankell’s protagonist. Both are, when we first meet them, in their early 50s, both are highly respected members of their forces, both have been married but are currently single (Wallander through divorce, Sejer through the death of his wife).

But neither is a copy of the other. Wallander is moody, introspective, subject to depression, sort of rumpled in appearance; Sejer is more emotionally stable and less prone to brooding. Their voices are distinctly different.

Mankell is probably the better writer, and conveys the ambience of southern Sweden extremely effectively. But Fossum is no slouch, and her plotting is excellent; she does not disappoint or suffer from comparison.

An excellent read.
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