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When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Konrad Sejer #4)

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When two teenagers steal a purse from a stroller, it results in an infant’s death. Unaware of the enormity of their crime, Zipp and Andreas are intent on committing another. They follow an elderly woman home, and Andreas enters her house with his switchblade. In the dark, Zipp waits for his friend to come out.

Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre see no co
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Mariner Books (first published 1998)
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Sep 24, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a Norwegian mystery with that particular existential, fatalist almost nihilist point of view. And also it is postmodern in that the detective doesn’t solve anything, although his circling the perpetuators of the crime helps bring resolution, which is karmic and not from the long arm of the law. I actually liked that part. The only sane people are Inspector Sejer, his sidekick, Skarre, Sejer’s huge dog and Sejer’s girlfriend. Sejer seems the persona of a stable Europe that is struck by th ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, nordic-noir, 2017
С тази си книга Карин Фосум вече окончателно ми се превръща в една от любимите скандинавски писателки. Изключително добре написан роман, интересна интрига (дори не само една!), чудесно изградени пълнокръвни образи, стегнат стил на писане (само 260 стр.), без нито едно излишно нещо!
Специално в тази книга много ми хареса психологическия подход при изграждането на образите, което присъства и в другите книги на Фосум. Но тази дори не бих могла да я опредея като криминална книга сама по себе си...
Helena (Renchi King)
Oduševljena sam! Nemam niti jednu zamjerku,samo pohvale.Majstorica!
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fossum, Karin. WHEN THE DEVIL HOLDS THE CANDLE. (1998; U.S. 2004). ****1/2. Fossum writes un-put-downable books. This one is no exception. Her series detective, Inspecter Sejer, plays a relatively minor role in this one, but he does appear on the scene later in the novel. It’s the story of two yound men, Zipp and Andreas. Andreas is the better looking of the two and works at the local hardware store. Zipp, his constant – and only – friend is just an ordinary guy who doesn’t have a job, and doesn ...more
Deborah Moulton
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's hard to like a book this horrifying. It examines the intersection of casual petty crimes committed by bored, drunken young men with unintended, life-shattering consequences for them and their victims. As it is ofen said, "things get out of hand."

If the story had stuck to that it wouldn't have been so devastating a story, but complicating all the stories is the failure to help when it is critically needed. Teens who don't help themselves or each other when their lives depend on it. Adults,
Edmund Leow
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story is chilling because the characters are so believeable. It's not about a murderer with some strange fixation or obsession, no revenge that dates 40 years ago, or a murderer who derives joy from killing. It's not about who did it, but how did things end up like this? It is about how everyday people's lives can quickly spiral out of control, or descend to tragedy - through pure chance and even though inaction... It is about how close to the edge most of us are, without realising. It makes ...more
David R. Dowdy
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I was totally surprised When the Devil Holds the Candle didn’t flow like Don’t Look Back, an Inspector Sejer police procedural, an investigation in progress. Fossum changed up and wrote a thriller in progress. And I’m glad she did, because sequels can become too predictable.

Fossum definitely knows twisted evil. I don’t mean she’s twisted or has first-hand experience in evil (does she?). What I mean is that she developed evil characters and, in a twist, put them at odds with each other.

Though we
Bill Garrison
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Norwegian author Karen Fossum's WHEN THE DEVIL HOLDS THE CANDLE is another excellent entry into the Inspector Konrad Sejer series. I've read over half of the books in the series, and while they are very readable and offer fascinating looks into the minds of the deluded, criminal, and insane, they really don't feature the standard format of the cops looking for clues and catching the bad guys.

In this novel, Fossum looks at what happens when people considered normal give into evil, or evil overcom
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little different from her previous two books, featuring Sejer and Skarre, but equally as good. This one is about two 18-year old friends, Andreas and Zip, bored, broke and about to cross the line in a series of events that will leave several lives changed forever. Zip is led by Andreas into a purse snatching incident, involving a mother and her 4-month old baby, when Andreas takes the womans purse, she gives chase and does not secure the brake on the pram. The pram topples over a ledge at the ...more
Douglas Cook
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I normally give Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer 5 stars, as they are so well crafted. This one is equally well-crafted but is amazingly depressing. [Guess I am a wimp :) ]

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Chapter 1 The courthouse. September 4, 4 P.M. Jacob Skarre glanced at his watch. His shift was over. He slipped a book out of his jacket pocket and read the poem on the first page. It's like virtual reality, he thought. Poof!—and you're in a completely different landscape. The door to the corridor stood open, and
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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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Inspector Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Don't Look Back (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #2)
  • He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #3)
  • The Indian Bride (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #5)
  • Black Seconds (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #6)
  • Mordet på Harriet Krohn (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #7)
  • The Water's Edge (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #8)
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“If we don't believe in the Devil, we won't be able to recognize him when he suddenly shows up.” 10 likes
“It's hard, to live in the present. Right this minute. We spend most of our time in the past. Or in the future…about half in each. But to live in the present! Hardly anybody can do it.” 4 likes
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