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He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
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Jan 11, 2009

bookshelves: 2007-audio-books, 2007-mysteries
Read in June, 2007

He Who Fears the Wolf, by Karin Fossum. A.
Purchased as a cassette book from audioeditions.com
Inspector Konrad Sejer is the protagonist in this series in a small town in Norway. This book was particularly good, full of noire humor. It involves three criminals, one is a man who is harmless but whom everyone fears and who has been a ward in a psychiatric hospital for some time. But he escapes at the beginning of this book. The second criminal is a newly released prisoner who robs a bank. He ends up taking a hostage, who ends up being the mentally ill man. A woman who lives alone in the country at the edge of the woods is murderd, in a particularly grisly fashion. Everyone thinks the mentally ill man did it, in part because a boy said he witnessed the man in the vicinity. . The bank robber soon finds out with whom he is dealing, and it’s fairly unclear from then on who is in control in the situation, some fairly funny scenes ensue. Then the third
Character enters. This is the boy who fingered the other man for the murder. This boy is a resident of a sort of reform home for boys who have been in trouble or who have been abandoned by their families. This boy is extremely fat and is teased, but his one skill is archery. He unintentionally comes upon the hiding place of the other two escapees. It’s funny and yet the ending has its tragedy as well. Inspector Sejer and the police force have to sort out the whole mess and decide what really happened and who killed the old woman. A very good book.


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