Thursday, January 29, 2015

KARIN FOSSUM: NORWEGIAN MYSTERY WRITER




In the last ten years Scandinavian mysteries have taken the reading world by storm and presented who-done-it readers with a plethora of new authors. Swedish writers Steig Larsson, whose The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, and Henning Mankell, whose character is Detective Wallender, are among the most popular. Jo Nesbo from Norway is an up-and-coming author with many bestsellers.

Norwegian writer Karin Fossum has established herself as one of the Nordic Noir stars. Her books have much in common with those of the aforementioned authors: bleak landscape and winter weather settings, police procedural formats and a realistic approach, without bells and whistles, to solving crimes. Her books can be found on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library.

Ms. Fossum began her writing career as a poet before turning to mysteries. Her newest book The Murder of Harriet Krohn, is one in the Inspector Konrad Sejer series. In debt, a man murders a woman and steals her money so he can start a new life. Thinking he has committed the perfect crime, he is surprised that policeman Sejer is using a miniscule clue to begin proving him guilty. Readers who like psychological mysteries will enjoy this novel as well as other Sejer mysteries Don’t Look Back and The Indian Bride.
 
Winner of the Los Angeles Times prize for best mystery in 2008, The Indian Bride is about a small town bachelor who returns home, much to the surprise of his townspeople, married to a woman from India. When she is murdered a few weeks after coming to Norway, Inspector Sejer tracks down the killer, but holds many of the neighbors responsible for the surprising crime.

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