Bad Intentions

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 9, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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In the wake of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, readers are discovering the rich trove of modern Scandinavian crime fiction. If you’ve devoured the Millennium trilogy and are looking for your next read, Karin Fossum and her bone-chillingly bleak psychological thrillers have won the admiration of the likes of Ruth Rendell and Colin Dexter (of Inspector Morse fame). 

In Bad Intentions, the newest installment in the Inspector Sejer series since The Water’s Edge in 2009, Konrad Sejer must face down his memories and fears as he struggles to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes. 

The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better. His psychiatrist said so, and so did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little-girl-lost looks. He was racked by a mysterious guilt that had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. But when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide. 

Then another corpse is found in a lake, a Vietnamese immigrant. And Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him. Does he still have the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil?

This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE MURDER OF HARRIET KROHN.


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What happens when life long friends share an evil secret? In this book Karin Fossum explores this, the psychological consequences of covering up a crime and also gives us great insight into what motivates people. Karin Fossum is an author with a clean writing style that never allows her descriptions to get in the way of the story but rather uses wonderful banter, dialog and interactions between characters to convey their inner most thoughts and keep the plot moving. In this story Fossum layers in many moral and ethical subtleties for the reader to think about and throws in plot twists to keep things fresh. The main characters are memorable. Inspector Sejer is charming; a pensive soul who relies on his intuition to know when something is amiss and is driven to make things right for the victims of a crime. The three young friends, Jon, Alex and Phillip have distinctly different personalities and also varying levels of tolerance for dealing with guilt. This of course creates tension and unrest between them as the story unfolds
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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.

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