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Release date: August 14, 2012 | Series: Inspector Sejer (Book 8)
"An intimate study of broken lives that showcases Fossum’s poet past." —Bloomberg

In this chilling addition to the internationally best-selling Inspector Konrad Sejer series, the detective must face down his memories and fears as he investigates the deaths of two troubled young men. The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better after a mysterious guilt had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. His psychiatrist said so, as did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little-girl-lost looks. So when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide.

Then the corpse of another young man is found, 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? A harrowing, masterfully wrought mystery from the celebrated Karin Fossum.

“Fascinatingly readable and very cleverly done.” —Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series
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  Suzanne_Mitchell | Dec 28, 2013 |
Detectives Sejer and Skarra take a back seat psychologically in this riveting novel of three friends. Jon is severely depressed and Alex and Reilly decide to sign him out of the mental hospital for a trip to their cabin in the woods near Dead Water Lake. Jon takes anti-anxiety pills every hour and suffers from paranoia, but what does he have to fear from his friends? They decide to go out in the boat at night during a full moon and suddenly Jon stands and falls overboard. Neither Alex nor Reilly do anything, knowing that in his heavy boots and coat, and being unable to swim there is little they could accomplish anyway. Rather than have to answer a lot of questions, Alex decides it would be best if they simply said he wondered off in the morning and they have no idea where he might be. So they call for help the following morning. But why, wonders Detective Sajer, since Jon cold not swim, would his body wind up 100 meters from the shore?

When another body is discovered in a different lake nearby, Sajer and Skarra know there must be a connection but ultimately the dots are connected by the boys themselves. Not really a police procedural since Sejer and Skarra spend most of their time musing rather than investigating. The relationship between the mothers of the two boys seemed almost irrelevant to the story, but it remains an excellent examination of evil, conscience, and charisma. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
When an institutionalized young man, suffering from a nervous condition, is found at the bottom of Dead Water lake after a night camping out with 2 of his friends, a verdict of suicide, is released. However, Inspector Sejer is not convinced that foul play didn't have a hand in his death, despite evidence to the contrary. There's just something about the way he died, and the statements made by the man's therapist and girlfriend, which didn't seem to indicate he was in the frame of mind to do away with his own life. But when the body of a Vietnamese man surfaces, a very tenuous link emerges and the pressure Inspector Sejer puts on 2 individuals brings out cracks in stories and accelerating panic which culminates in a surprising end.

This is a much leaner book in the Inspector Sejer series, but no less complex and enjoyable. In this, the author focuses on 3 main characters, and identifies the culprits from the start. But what she keeps from us, is the mystery behind the roles they play in each others' lives and the secret they share which needs to be kept at all costs. The psychological anguish a heavy guilt lays on a couple of the characters and the escapism they adopt to cope is well analyzed in this story. ( )
1 vote cameling | Aug 1, 2012 |
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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  Princetonbookreview | Nov 5, 2011 |
My first of this series (Konrad Sejer)but he didn't have a very big role in the story. It didn't need him - the story grabbed my attention quickly and never let go. The very creepy events begin in Norway at a place called Dead Water Lake where three friends have gone for a weekend retreat. When there is an unexpected accident, more secrets about the friends' past are revealed. Inspector Sejer investigates the incident, but has a limited part. Some of his past is hinted at, making me wish I could read the previous books in the series. Really enjoyed this, even though it's dark and depressing. The characters were interesting and realistic. ( )
  lauri804 | Oct 7, 2011 |
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Ze zijn al vrienden sinds ze kleine jongens waren. De geslaagde en charmante Axel Friman is de vanzelfsprekende leider, de slordige Philip Reilly is de filosoof van de drie met zijn eeuwige citaten uit de Koran, terwijl de kleine, tengere Jon Moreno alleen maar voorzichtig is en last heeft van zijn zenuwen. Tijdens een tocht naar een vakantiehuisje aan een meer valt Jon uit de roeiboot en verdrinkt.De andere twee jongens doen niets om hem te redden. Is het gewoon een ongeluk of zit er meer achter? Vlak daarna vindt iemand het lijk van een andere jongen, ook in een meer. Is de jongen verdronken of is hij het slachtoffer van een misdrijf? Rechercheurs Sejer en Skarre hebben nauwelijks aanknopingspunten behalve de vraag: waarom zou iemand twee zulke schuchtere jongens dood willen?
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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. As Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him, he wonders if he has the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil.… (more)

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