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Evas Öga

(Konrad Sejer #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  4,320 ratings  ·  469 reviews
En kall aprildag upptäcker Eva Magnus och hennes lilla dotter en död man flytande i älven. Men Eva ringer inte till polisen, hon försöker istället skräckslagen förtränga synen av den döde. Varför?
När polisen hittar mannen, som blivit knivhuggen till döds, hamnar utredningen på kriminalkommissarie Konrad Sejers bord. Han håller samtidigt på att nysta upp ett mord på en pros
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 1998 by Månpocket (first published 1995)
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Pete Published by Vintage Books London, In The Darkness by Karin Fossum was originally published in 1995 as Evas Oye by J.W. Cappenlens Forlag AS, Oslo.…morePublished by Vintage Books London, In The Darkness by Karin Fossum was originally published in 1995 as Evas Oye by J.W. Cappenlens Forlag AS, Oslo. Was translated to English in 2012 by James Anderson and published by vintage in 2013. (taken from the information inside my copy from across the pond). I think Eva's Eye is probably correct as there are occasionally translation errors in these Fossum books. This is the Inspector Sejer #1.


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This is the first book in the popular Norwegian mystery series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer.

As the story opens Eva Magnus and her seven-year-old daughter Emma spot a body floating in an Oslo river. Young Emma is fascinated, but Eva is horrified. To humor her daughter Eva agrees to phone the police from a nearby call box. Eva pretends to call the authorities but really phones her father and has a brief conversation about this and that. She then hustles Emma away.

Of course the police soon pu
switterbug (Betsey)
Karin Fossum may be listed as the Queen of crime fiction, but to me, she is the queen of the disconcerting ending. I mean, blow me away, Ms Karin. Blow. Me. Away. You did it again! Well, let me first digress.

Ever since the outrageously popular series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Scandinavian mysteries have been flooding the American marketplace. How to parse which ones are good, mediocre, or flat out bad? Some of these mysteries preceded DRAGON in its original country, but were printed in E
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a reason for reading a series in order, and I think it will be especially important in my reading of Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer series. With translated books, they are not always done in order. This one was her debut, and I'm glad I get to start at the beginning.

So, this is my first Fossum book. I really had no expectations and that kept me from being disappointed. I really like Inspector Sejer. He has a great relationship with his daughter, helps children, talks to his dog, and is
Diane S ☔
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 This is actually her first book in this series, but has just been translated and released here in the states. Seemed sort of funny to be reading a book where his grandson is a baby, after reading the series and seeing him grow up, that took a bit getting used to. But I have to say I really enjoyed this story, she spent alot of time on her characters and the reader can tell. It was not as dark, and abrupt as some of her later ones, but regardless the lady can write.
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I love the Inspector Sejer series; this is Scandinavian crime fiction at its best! Fossum is brilliant – writing understated, intelligent narratives that discuss the moral dilemmas of real life. We see most of the story through the views of her main characters, in this instance the struggling artist Eva and Inspector Konrad Sejer. Both are empathetic, considered and real.

Konrad Sejer listens. I am so impressed that this quietly spoken, conservative middle aged man has such patience and great lis
This is the first Sejer and must have been translated after the others. I've read all the latter Sejer series and some of her stand alones, as well. This is a 3.5 star but I couldn't round it up because it is majorly centered within the thoughts/ "eyes" of Eva, and not in Sejer's. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't give the Sejer ponderous slant, quite the same way. There was a very tense 50 page escapade that definitely was a 4. And the children who were minor characters were also drawn qu ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
loved it very nice written
Eva is walking alongside a river with her daughter, and they discover a dead body in the water. They go to a phone box to call the police, although Eva doesn't actually call the police so not to get her daughter or herself involved. But this is the second murder in this small town that occurred within a few days...

This book is pretty much what I love about Nordic Noir. We have a clever investigator (this time, an actual policeman), with an interesting backstory and past. A murder or two which ma
Lynda Kelly
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well !!! This is how you present a book ! No mistakes and well written and by a foreign writer. Yet English authors can't manage to accomplish this feat so well done to Ms Fossum and her translator Mr Anderson. You've put others to shame while proving it CAN be done !! Actually, many of these Nordic writers do a really good job. Perhaps they just take more pride in their work than British and American writers. It certainly makes it way more of a pleasure to read them.
I'd wondered why there were
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am feeling quite ambivalent about the book. It is that feeling of not being sure if what you actually liked in the book is not what you are looking for in a Nordic mystery.

Eva Magnus discovers a body floating down the river. She calls her dad instead of notifying the police. Meanwhile, Inspecter Sejer connects the murder victim, reported missing with another murder around the same time (six months ago) in the same neighbourhood. And the investigation progresses close to reality police-work ti
Eva's Eye is the first in Fossum's Inspector Sejer police procedural series, set in Norway. The first half of the book deserves 5 stars for pacing, character development, plotting, setting the stage. The kind of book you stay up too late reading 2 nights running. The second half of the book focuses on a single character - not Inspector Sejer - and I didn't actually want to spend that much time immersed in that character's mind. He/she became more appalling to me the longer we were together. Foss ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know why I was so late reading Karin Fossum. I really enjoyed this book and the gentle descriptive and incisive language which relates a detective story that is on a par with any current Scandinavian criminal fiction.
Inspector Sejer is a wonderfully drawn character who thinks a good deal and has an intelligent line in questioning.
The author has a different approach to telling her story of a double murder with plenty of tension throughout as well as the usual twists and turns. The usual chr
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series with Inspector Sejer. He has such an analytical way of looking at crimes. And trying to make all the pieces fit. This time the story is about the murder of a man, who's body is found in a stream. The Inspector wonders if this murder might be connected to a murder of a woman a few months before. As he sets out to find answers, he meets Eva. He's interested in her and e can't believe how everything comes back to her. As he digs deeper and tries to get answers everyt ...more
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Janette Fleming
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer.

But the trail has gone cold.

It's as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer's desk: the murd
Similar to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series has received high accolades and caught my attention a few years ago. And like Nesbo’s series, I similarly hesitated to read it because the first novel in the series had not yet been translated from Norwegian into English. I really loathe reading a series out of order - it always feel full of nagging details that leave you feeling like you’ve been excluded from important subcontext! So, I am quite pleased that this Eng ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It must mean that you have a good track record if you are titled 'queen of crime', so it was with a little trepidation that I tried my first Karin fossum and the first in the Inspector Sejer series. I wasn't disappointed and found the narrative thread of the plot interesting .
at the outset we meet Sejer escorting a woman into the police station although at that point we don't know why. The next chapter reveals the discovery of a body floating in a river by a mother and child and the mother makin
Czarny Pies
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a new Scandinavian mystery writer to follow.
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
Add two stars to my rating if you like crime novels. Murder mysteries are potboilers that the author churns out according to his or her own recipe so the top rating I will give one is three stars.

If you want to read an excellent Scandinavian whodunit, then I heartily recommend "In the Darkness." The great charm of Scandinavian crime novels is the realistic and subtle way that they deal with people on the margins of a social-democracy. "In the Darkness" does exactly this in brilliant fashion.

Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having had cause to question my dismissal of this author by the unhappy reading a few years ago of #9 in the Inspector Sejer series...(ahem, John) I decided to give Fossum another chance and start at the beginning of the Sejer series. I'm quite glad I did as this was a book very hard to put down. It was really fascinating in the way the truth about the murder of a man found floating in the river unfolded in a slow reveal. A very original puzzle, though the reader knows from the opening that the ...more
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? Because it was by an author listed in the Scandinavian and Nordic Crime Fiction group at Goodreads, and it was on offer from Amazon's ARC programme.

What's it a about? This is the first Inspector Sejer book by Karin Fossum set in a small town in Norway.

Eva and her daughter, Emma, are out walking along the river when a body appears in the water. Eva appears to recognise the shoes on the body. She tells her daughter she will ring the police and drags her to a telephone box, but i
Lukasz Pruski
Karin Fossum's "In the Darkness" is her first book in the Sejer series, written almost 20 years ago. Sejer has to solve two murders that seem to be somehow connected, and Eva Marie Magnus, the central character of the novel, is somehow connected to both cases. Sejer has to figure out what the connections are.

I did not like the first half of the book too much, although Karin Fossum is one of my absolutely favorite authors and I rate her "Black Seconds" and "The Indian Bride" as masterpieces of th
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Joy at last. A great book after the last two, not so good ones I endured. Karin Fossum is consistent so far and has not turned out any turkeys. This one is the first of the Sejer cases. Now, I don't quite understand this I have to admit, having read nine Sejer books previously. The publication date is 2012, so I am wondering was this translated much later than the others? Anyway, that does not take away from the fact it was a great story. The plot of the book is a body is found floating face dow ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Equal parts crime mystery and morality tale, Eva's Eye begins (after a brief scene which is contextualized later, but is disappointingly insignificant) with a woman named Eva and her young daughter discovering a body floating in the river. Eva tells her daughter she will call the police to report it, but doesn't. From the beginning, it's clear that Eva has some connection to the murder of the man, as well as a prostitute murdered just two days before the man disappeared. The police detective, Se ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is the first book I read from this author, and I really enjoyed it. I think she is a wonderful storyteller; Fossum is able to keep your attention throughout the book by trying different strategies. If I compare her style to Henning Mankell's, I would say that his style is more cryptic, or maybe darker. Detective Sejer is not as troubled as my beloved Kurt Wallander, and his life seems less complicated. Maybe because of that, Fossum focuses more on the case Sejer is investigating rather than t ...more
I really liked the way this is written. No police proceedings, just mystery and suspense. There is a huge twist which I don't think anyone would see coming. This is something different, worth checking out.
Ken Fredette
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was the best story that Karin Fossum has told to date. Don't get me wrong but, she put the most into her characters in this her first
attempt at writing. Why they waited so long to translate it, it was a bad mistake on the publishers part.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have read Karin Fossum before and I always liked her books. Her books are not so much about "who has done it" but more about everyday characters and what happens when certain things happened to them and in a way they also question the reader "what would you do in this particular situation".

This one is her first novel and I was actually surprised how good it was. In Germany she got popular with one of her later books in the middle-late 90's (at some point there was a hype about Scandinavian Thr
Carolina Imhof
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Steven Crossley. I enjoyed the narrator very much and aspects of the plot are wonderful: well-done suspense at times and a great main character in Inspector Sejer. It's easy to understand his process as he goes about solving the two murders. But the pacing is a little off, and the idea of a woman meeting an old friend after many years and then deciding to pursue prostitution after a catch-up lunch together didn't resonate.

I would also love to have
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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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“Money isn't everything," Eva said knowingly. "Perhaps you'll die before you can enjoy it."

"Perhaps you'll die before you've even lived," Maja countered.”
“Maja sighed and cleared away the glasses and plates. "Artists certainly aren't easy people."

"No," Eva giggled. "but somebody's got to take the trouble to emphasize the depths of existence. So that the rest of you have a surface to skate over.”
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