This is book number 12 in the Inspector Sejer Mysteries series.
KARIN FOSSUM is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller. She lives in Norway.
“What grips readers is the enormous amount of emotion [Fossum] works up as we get closer and closer to reliving the murderous event in question…Hell Fire is close to heartbreaking, and there are not many novels, thrillers, or otherwise, you can say that about.”--Los Angeles Times "A masterfully-plotted police procedural with strong characterization."--Crime by the Book "Strong stuff...satisfying stuff."--Sullivan County Democrat "Fossum’s superb 12th Inspector Sejer mystery (after 2015’s The Drowned Boy) opens on a hot summer day in 2005. Inside a disused recreational vehicle, parked in a cluster of trees in rural Norway, lie the bodies of single mother Bonnie Hayden and her four-year-old son, Simon. “Evil incarnate had snuck across the field and stabbed them with a knife,” Sejer muses as he examines the crime scene. Flashbacks to December 2004 show Bonnie, a generous woman who cleans the homes of the elderly and infirm, performing her menial duties with stoic dignity. These background scenes also focus on another single mother, Thomasine “Mass” Malthe, and her intelligent but odd 21-year-old son, Eddie, who has trouble dealing with the real world. Fossum explores many themes—most notably, the cruelties of fate—in what is less a police procedural than a portrait of a society in crisis. Few readers will be surprised by the murderer’s identity, but the slow, deliberate revelation of the story behind the crime is dramatic and heartbreaking."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED —