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Published by Mariner, 3 November2015. ISBN: 978-0-544-57019-1 (PB)
This newest book by the author of
the lauded Inspector Sejer series is presented from the point of view of Charles
Olav (“Charlo”) Torp, a widower just over 50, unemployed for the past two years
after he was found to have pilfered a relatively small amount of money,
following the discovery of which he was fired on the spot. An inveterate
gambler, and in serious debt, he is terrified by the thought of what the
unsavory people from whom he borrowed the money have in mind for him as his
debt grows ever larger. And worst of all, his greatest humiliation comes
from the fact that money he had promised to his 16-year-old daughter has been
gambled away, along with everything else. He has been completely
estranged from her ever since.
He comes to the conclusion, out of utter despair,
that he must steal a valuable antique silver collection owned by a wealthy
woman in her late seventies so he can pay off his debts and start a new life,
and familiarizes himself with her habits and the area where she lives.
The reader sees all of this from Charlo’s point of view, the events leading up
to the planned burglary, and the crime itself which, as the title intimates,
results in the woman’s death when Carlo becomes violent after his victim does
not simply succumb and give him her money and valuables.
The question for the reader becomes: Do I
want to go inside the mind of a murderer? Surprisingly, I found myself
sympathizing with him, despite the brutality of the crime, to the extent that
when Charlo things that “perhaps he’ll get away with it. Some people do
escape,” this reader couldn’t help but think, “maybe he will,” and wants him to
The author’s series protagonist, Inspector Sejer,
makes a critical appearance relatively late in the novel, and what ensues is a
battle of wills as much as anything else. There is nothing that Charlo
will not do to try to salvage his new life and his re-established relationship
with his daughter, but who will prevail? This is a very different kind of
book, from this author and to this reader, but I do not hesitate to recommend
by Gloria Feit
Karin Mathisenwas born on 6 November 1954 in Sandefjord
county, Norway. She currently lives near Oslo. Fossum debuted as a poet with Kanskje i morgen, her first
collection published in 1974 when she was just 20. It won Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris. For a time
she worked in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation of drug addicts. She
is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer series
of crime novels, which have been translated into 25 languages and honoured with
several awards. She won the Glass Key
award for her novel Don't
Look Back, which also won the Riverton
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.