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Translated from Norwegian, this is the second book I have read by Karin Fossum. The first was "The Indian Bride." Both books feature Inspector Konrad Sejer. In "Black Seconds," a nine-year-old girl has gone missing. Inspector Sejer and his crew will embark on a tangled case that will affect the whole village.

Karim Fossum is a talented author, absolutely worth any reader's time. ( )
  phillipfrey | May 28, 2017 |
Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer mysteries just keep getting better. In this one, a 9-year-old girl disappears without a trace. As the investigation begins, we are introduced to members of the community, and Fossum gives us deep insight to their lives and thoughts. She makes them sympathetic figures, while suspense slowly builds about possible involvement in the case. Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre methodically work through the evidence, uncovering clues to the girl’s disappearance and piecing together a possible timeline. As they solve the mystery, a significant subplot gathers steam, and at the end you know Sejer will soon have more work to do. I look forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  lauralkeet | Apr 22, 2017 |
“But now the wall clock in Helga Joner’s house was approaching 7 p.m. and Ida had still not come home. Helga experienced the first prickling of fear. And later that sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach that made her stand by the window from which she would see Ida appear on her yellow bicycle any second now ... But Ida did not come.” (Ch 1)

Nine-year-old Ida Joner vanishes, seemingly into thin air, after setting off on her brand new bike one afternoon to buy candy. The police are called in, and hundreds of volunteers comb the neighbourhood and surround area – nothing. Helga, Ida’s mother, reaches her breaking point, and other close relatives follow suit. Sejer struggles to remain reassuring. He knows that when missing children are not found within 48 hours, the result is most often tragic.

Fossum introduces several suspect characters: Willy Otherhals, an auto body tech, well known to police; Emil Johanes, a mentally challenged neighbourhood man; Tomme Skarre, Ida’s first cousin, who is keeping company with Otherhals and behaving furtively around family. But Sejer has precious little to go on. Finally, as the search is called off, he discovers letters that Ida has exchanged with a pen pal in Hamburg – which just might hold a lead. And, at last, the story begins to unravel. Still, even as the case is seemingly solved, something still does not sit right with Sejer: “They considered the case closed. Sejer did not.” (Ch 28)

Black Seconds is a well-written, intriguingly layered mystery. I love that Fossum keeps Sejer so personal. Here, I was taken, again, with Kollberg, his faithful dog – struggling now with old age, but still a part of Sejer’s routine every evening. Novel and series highly recommended. ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Feb 25, 2017 |
Best one of her books so far as it's a whodunnit rather than a Columbo type book where you know before the policeman does. Although I did work out the plot twist quite early on. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
This is one of the darkest of the Fossums I have read, as it involves the disappearance and death of a girl who is anticipating her 10th birthday. The reader suspects several people almost immediately, but all is not as it appears. As always, Fossum is at her best at creating characters who seem real, including damaged people, and also a suspenseful mood. It was hard for me to put this book down, but it was ultimately very disturbing.
  rebeccanyc | Nov 26, 2015 |
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Ida Joner gets on her brand-new bike and sets off toward town. A good-natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her tenth birthday. Thirty-five minutes after Ida should have come home, her mother starts to worry. She phones store owners, Ida’s friends, anyone who could have seen her. But no one has.

Suspicion immediately falls on Emil Mork, a local character who lives alone and hasn’t spoken since childhood. His mother insists on cleaning his house weekly—although she’s sometimes afraid of what she might find there. A mother’s worst nightmare in either case: to lose a child or to think a child capable of murder. As Ida’s relatives reach the breaking point and the media frenzy surrounding the case begins, Inspector Konrad Sejer is his usual calm and reassuring self. But he’s puzzled. And disturbed. This is the strangest case he’s seen in years.

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Ida Joner gets on her brand-new bike and sets off to buy sweets. A good-natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her tenth birthday. Thirty-five minutes after Ida should have come home, her mother, Helga, starts to worry. She phones the shop and various friends, but no one has seen her daughter. As the family goes out looking for Ida, Helga's worst nightmare becomes reality, and they contact the police. Hundreds of volunteers comb the neighborhood, but there are no traces of Ida or her bike. As the relatives reach breaking point and the media frenzy begins, Inspector Sejer is calm and reassuring. But he finds the case puzzling. Usually missing children are found within forty-eight hours. Ida Joner seems to have vanished without a trace.… (more)

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