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Mordet på Harriet Krohn

(Konrad Sejer #7)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,748 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Charles Olav Torp konnte es selbst nicht begreifen: Harriet Krohn lag vor ihm auf dem Boden ihrer Wohnung, tot. Im Grunde war es ihre eigene Schuld, sie hätte nur stillhalten müssen. Wenn das hier alles gutgehen sollte, durfte Torp jetzt keine Fehler mehr machen … Karin Fossum, eine der erfolgreichsten skandinavischen Krimiautorinnen, präsentiert einen neuen Fall für Kommi ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published 2005 by Månpocket (first published 2004)
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Rachel Hall
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karin Fossum transcends the familiar concerns of mainstream crime fiction and once again offers an original and fascinating novel of psychological suspense and proves herself the heir apparent to the late Ruth Rendell. Translated out of order and appearing belatedly as the seventh outing for Inspector Konrad Sejer, this is an atypical investigation for the series and has markedly more in common with the standalone novel, I Can See In The Dark, meaning that it serves as a poor introduction to a c ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
As a fan of Karin Fossum, the author responsible for introducing me to my love of Nordic Noir, it pains me to give her book The Murder of Harriet Krohn one star. However, I would be lying if I did not say that this is my least liked book in the entire Inspector Sejar series.

Ms. Fossum's previous works and even those after it, while not strictly police procedurals or psychological studies always manage to do a fantastic balance between the two. Unfortunately with this book, we do not see this. Ms
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A very good read.

I'm a fan of Scandinavian Crime Novels (or as some refer to it, Nordic Noir - actually I really like that I'm going to use it). They're just so moody, dark and simply written. Perfect reading material for me.

Karin Fossum and her Inspector Sejer series is fantastic, and totally glom worthy (Nordic Noir as a whole is easy to glom)

The Murder of Harriet Krohn is a bit different to the usual Inspector Sejer novels in that it is narrated from the view point of the murderer. I really e
Bruce Hatton
This is a highly unusual psychological thriller, in that it’s told from the viewpoint of the killer.
Charlo Torp is truly a pathetic person: a widower, deeply in debt due to a gambling addition and desperately trying to win back the affections of his beloved teenage daughter Julie via her abiding passion for horses.
The middle of the book flashes back over a decade to Charlo’s life with five-year-old Julie and his wife Inga Lill. It is there we get a glimpse of the beginning of his decline.
Karin F
I read 45 pages and decided I didn't like the book. It is completely written from the murderer's point of view and the murderer is not an interesting person. He's just wierd and a misfit. Time for reading is limited so I am not finishing this. The advantage of getting a book from the library is guiltless discarding. ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The preoccupation for Scandinavian crime fiction of many readers is sometimes questioned. One response is to get people to read Karin Fossum's Inspector Konrad Sejer series. Within the one series, Fossum is able to shift the perspective, analyse the reasons why, explore the outcomes and long-term effects of crime, and play with accepted perceptions of clear cut resolutions. In THE MURDER OF HARRIET KROHN, whilst still part of the Sejer series, she's tipped the perspective completely - this is no ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I generally appreciate that Karin Fossum tries new storytelling techniques with each novel, but this one really missed. It is told from the perspective of the murderer, and Inspector Sejer doesn't even come into the story until 60% in (thanks, Kindle). The main problems with this book are a) is is completely lacking the the fun of a mystery-- figuring out what happened and following the investigators as they piece it together; and b) the voice of the narrator was completely unengaging-- almost s ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Saddens me to give this rating, which I STRETCHED to a 2 star. Karin must have tried to do a Crime and Punishment Nordic style. It came off as a whining, bumpy, pathetic characterization. Most of the book is thought patterns of the murderer's thoughts and through his eyes. Sejer isn't visible at all until way after the half, and then minimally. I skimmed at the three quarters point onward. Large sections had nothing to do with the plot, IMHO. Horse buying and tons of back information about his d ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting read. It is part of a series that features a detective, Konrad Sejer, but in this book he is actually behind the scenes as it is told from the perspective of the murderer. The murderer is a ne'er do well kind of guy, a sad sack, so most of his troubles are brought on by his foolishness, but there are events that are beyond his control as well, so it rounds him out. My favorite scene: counting the peppercorns, trying to see if his good deeds evened out the bad. ...more
This story, the 7th in the Inspector Sejer series was not as effective as the first six. Something seemed to be lacking. It was told from the viewpoint of the murderer. He was neither a sympathetic nor an evil man, just some guy who made a lot of mistakes and tried to take the easy way out of his troubles.
I didn't care about him, though, one way or the other. I neither wished he would pay for his crime nor hoped something would happen to let him get away with it.
When Inspector Sejer was questi
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
My View:
Can you balance the scales or wipe out an evil act with good deeds?

Fossum poses a very interesting question in this psychological study when Sejer asks the suspect “What is a human being?” and he answers profoundly; “There are probably as many answers as there are human beings. And I hate all that guff about free will.” Sejer responds with equal insight, “Because you feel you haven’t got it. But many people would maintain that they do have it. You’re envious and so you dismiss the term”
Colin Mitchell
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Billed as an Inspector Sejer novel, this is in fact a novel about Charles Olav Torp. We know he's committed a brutal murder of an elderly lady and throughout the story Torp tries to justify his actions but in reality he is only trying to buy back his daughter and blame is addiction to gambling but not himself. In the end Sejer interrogates him without the presence of a lawyer and by the use of leading questions.

An interesting use of the perpetrator as the narrator but we never really discover h
Cathy Cole
Anyone who picks up The Murder of Harriet Krohn and expects to read a typical Konrad Sejer police procedural is in for a rude shock. This seventh book in the series is told from the killer's point of view. At the beginning, this is a successful ploy as we get to see just how messed up Charles Olav Torp's life is, how he's ruined his relationship with his 16-year-old daughter, how far he's willing to go in an attempt to straighten everything out-- and ultimately how self-deluded he is. Harriet Kr ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a story about a man who envisions his life as being imperfect and who wants to improve it via committing a crime. Things go downhill for him and we witness his fall. A good study of guilt, desperation and depression. However I have read her other books and enjoyed them more.
Gloria Feit
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This newest book by the author of the lauded Inspector Sejer series is presented from the point of view of Charles Olav (“Charlo”) Torp, a widower just over 50, unemployed for the past two years after he was found to have pilfered a relatively small amount of money, following the discovery of which he was fired on the spot. An inveterate gambler, and in serious debt, he is terrified by the thought of what the unsavory people from whom he borrowed the money have in mind for him as his debt grows ...more
Gisela Hafezparast
I guess it is more of a 2.5. For a Karin Fossum book it is disappointing, would it not be for the quite excellent self-excusing and self-serving description of a murderer, his motives and actions and in the end the very well written interrogation by Konrad Sejer. However, the whinning, self-serving description of the murderer quickly goes on ones nerves and as the whole story is written from his point of view, other more interesting aspects of his life, murder and why he chose his victims, comes ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series may look like a police procedural and does use Inspector Sejer as the common element, but these varied books are more focused on the crime and criminal. Karin Fossum spends a lot if time in her characters' heads. I found this one book and protagonist boring and depressing and not even Sejer (when he finally appeared on page 150 of 242) could redeem it. Translation to English was out of sequence....I'm thinking publishers knew it wasn't a winner. ...more
was terrible!!! stopped more than half way through!!! was about a guy who killed a woman. dont know why? and for so many pages you read about his daughter and horses.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
This is a very different book in the Konrad Sejer series, as Sejer is only on the scene for a few short segments, although he becomes a looming threat to the central character as the story progresses. I did not like Charlo Torp from the beginning of this book. He is whiney, full of self-pity, and very self-absorbed. But he does love his daughter, 16 year old Julie, and wants to try to make up for his gambling that costs the family their security, and his abuses of alcohol. Of course, his strateg ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Fossum I didn't much care for. Not that it was a bad character study, but I didn't like the character AND didn't come to empathize more with him by understanding him better - unusual for Fossum who can usually bring that about for me. ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping I’d like this as much as I liked her other books, but I didn’t. I didn’t care about any of the characters. There wasn’t much of the detective Sever. Also, it wrapped up quickly, and then a long letter. It was okay. Just, okay.
I have enjoyed the 5 or 6 (I've lost track) of the Inspector Sejer books. Fossum gives us a series of books, well written and with enough humanity and humility in Sejer to make them both realistic and interesting. This book, however was a departure from her usual format; it was written almost exclusively from the viewpoint of the perpetrator - not a spoiler, you're told that on the flyleaf.

I have to say it's well written but it just didn't do it for me. I slogged through this book. I was so tir
Cleopatra  Pullen
Charlo Olav Torp is in debt, actively hunted by his creditors to pay back the money he owes. Following the death of his wife Inga Lill he has become estranged from his teenage daughter Julie, their only contact reduced to long letters from father to daughter, one of which sets the tone for this novel.

So Charlo comes up with a plan to solve his biggest problems; pay off his debts and to persuade Julie that he is a changed man now that he has stopped gambling which is why on 7 November he is out i
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I was provided and ARC of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you to Random House for this copy

Gripping, clever and intelligent writing. This novel is by far one of the best books I have read in 2014 (and I have read a lot), it's incredibly unique and I really don't think all writers could pull it off the way Karin Fossum has. No wonder she's the "Queen of Norwegian crime fiction"

I did not realise this book was part of a series of crime novels, and unl
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Murder Of Harriet Krohn
Karin Fossum

Key characters...

Well...Harriet...poor Harriet...but she doesn't last long...poor thing. And the narrator...Charlo...and Inspector Sejer...and Charlo's daughter...Julie and her illegally purchased horse and Inspector Sejer's dog...Frank!


Honestly? I am not clear on this...a small town in was unpronounceable. It was where Harriet lived.

Simply put...what's going down...

So...this was a fabulous easy fun book to read...well fun except f
Carol Balawyder
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book for two reasons. I had previously read Scandinavian noir writer Karin Fossum’s “Don’t Look Back” and greatly enjoyed it; secondly, I was curious how she would deal with writing a novel from the killer’s viewpoint.
Be prepared to be inside the delusional mind of Charlo Torp ,the murderer, for the first half of the novel. Fossum goes into lengthy details as she presents the reader with a portrait of a criminal mind, examining Torp’s thoughts and justifications during and afte
Actual rating is 2.5 stars. I haven't read Karin Fossum in awhile. But I gave her a try on a friend's recommendation and ended up devouring all the Inspector Sejer mysteries that had been translated into English. I wonder if I would have liked The Murder of Harriet Krohn more if I'd read Fossum more recently (or hadn't noticed the book's low rating on Goodreads).

In some ways, the Inspector Sejer books are less mysteries than thrillers. I recall that the killers were revealed early on in many if
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book captured me from the moment I began reading it. I had no idea who Harriet was let alone what to expect. Charlo leads a very sad life and drives himself to the most outrageous circumstances, his only positive thing in his life is his daughter Julie for whom he will do anything, sadly the anything turns out to be the worst thing he could do for her, he figures he could buy her forgiveness and happiness but in the end obviously that is not the way to go. This book gave me an insight on th ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Thank you very much to Random House for my copy of 'The Murder Of Harriet Krohn' by Karin Fossum.

After gambling debts put him in a pay-up-or-else situation, Charlo Torp tries to solve his problems by robbing Harriet Krohn, an elderly woman he sometimes sees at a local café.

Obviously by the title, I'm not giving anything away by saying that the story here is focused on how Charlo copes with the guilt and his everyday life after the robbery goes badly wrong.

This is actually one of the titles in F
A Scandinavian "Crime and Punishment," this newest installment in the Inspector Sejer series is told entirely from the perspective of the murderer. While Fossum is an excellent writer, and really gets into the head of her protagonist, it makes the book quite a departure from the series. Harder for me to maintain interest in the narcissistic, unappealing protagonist; no mystery to speak of, since we see the crime thru the perpetrator's eyes from the beginning; not a police procedural, but more of ...more
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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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