Eva's Eye: An Inspector Sejer Mystery [NOOK Book]

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“No one can thoroughly chill the blood the way Karin Fossum can.” —Los Angeles Times

Eva Magnus and her daughter are out walking by the river when a man’s body floats to the water’s surface. Eva goes to call the police, but when she reaches the phone, she dials another number altogether.

The police find the body anyway Inspector Sejer and his team quickly determine that the...
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Eva's Eye: An Inspector Sejer Mystery

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Overview

“No one can thoroughly chill the blood the way Karin Fossum can.” —Los Angeles Times

Eva Magnus and her daughter are out walking by the river when a man’s body floats to the water’s surface. Eva goes to call the police, but when she reaches the phone, she dials another number altogether.

The police find the body anyway Inspector Sejer and his team quickly determine that the man, Egil, died in a violent attack. But Egil has been missing for months and the trail to his killer is cold. It’s as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer’s desk: the murder of a prostitute, found dead just before Egil went missing. Sejer sets to work piecing together these two impossible cases; it's not long before he realizes that they aren’t as separate as they previously seemed.

“Fossum crafts remarkably incisive psychological suspense: novels that carry the headlong momentum of thrillers and the acuity and weight of literary fiction.” —Washington Post
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Expect high demand for the debut title in Fossum's popular series (first time available in English). No excuses for not meeting the compelling Norwegian Insp. Konrad Sejer now. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/13.]
Publishers Weekly
Originally published in Norway in 1995, Fossum’s entertaining first Insp. Konrad Sejer mystery is finally available in English (after 2012’s The Caller, the eighth series entry to be published in the U.S.). While walking along the riverbank of an unnamed small town, divorced artist Eva Magnus and her seven-year-old daughter, Emma, spot a dead body floating in the river. In front of the inquisitive Emma, Eva pretends to call the police, but instead calls her father. When the police discover that the body is that of a murdered prostitute who used to be a friend of Eva’s, suspicions arise. Eva’s transition from struggling painter and single mother to something new and unpredictable will delight fans searching for the next diverting Scandinavian mystery. While Eva steals the center stage from Sejer, her increasingly fraught decisions give this dark police procedural warmth despite the frigid environs. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Inspector Sejer's first case. Egil Einarsson's employment at a brewery and his drinking bouts with his buddies at the King's Arms seem to have been the high points in a singularly uneventful life. When his thoroughly stabbed body washes up under the eyes of hardscrabble painter Eva Marie Magnus and her daughter Emma six months after he disappeared, Inspector Konrad Sejer can't resist making a connection: Einarsson went out, ostensibly to show his Opel Manta to an interested buyer, only three days after the smothering of prostitute Maja Durban in her room a stone's throw from the King's Arms. Since Maja was an old school friend of Eva's, and the two, after not seeing each other for 25 years, had dinner together the night before Maja died, Sejer naturally assumes that Eva is the key to both cases--especially once he satisfies himself that after she found Einarsson's body, Eva only faked a call to let the police know. But Eva's not saying a thing; she's not even admitting she didn't place that phone call. Working as phlegmatically but effectively as ever, Sejer makes modest progress on the case. Halfway through the tale, however, Fossum switches over to a long, virtuoso flashback that reveals everything her hero has only guessed. This hoary trick shouldn't work, but it does, gathering tremendous suspense as it builds to a shattering climax. Originally published in Norway in 1995, this tour de force doesn't have the remorseless wall-to-wall creepiness of Sejer's most chilling cases (The Caller, 2012, etc.). But it's more than a worthy introduction to one of Norway's leading cops for newcomers and a treasure for fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547738772
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Inspector Sejer Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 51,677
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Enjoyable book

    I have been hooked on reading crime mysteries by Scandinavian authors for the past several years. When I came across Karin Fossum last month I suddenly had many new stories to read. I enjoy her Inspector Sejer novels. I like her character development. I have just finished book #5 of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    liked a great deal

    I have read most if not all of the Inspector Sejer series. Karin Fossum brings her characters to life and is an excellent writer of mysteries.

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