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He Who Fears The Wolf by Karin Fossum
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It was an okay story but I think it must have lost something in the translation. Too much description of things that really had nothing to do with the story. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
A woman is found murdered shortly after a schizophrenic escapes from the nearby mental institution. The witness is an overweight young man who lives in a home for boys with behavioral problems. Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer, who is called to investigate the crime, gets sidetracked by a bank robbery/ hostage situation. Eventually, it appears that the hostage taken by the bank robber is none other than the escaped mental patient. I enjoyed the fascinating insight Fossum provides into the thought processes and actions of the mentally disturbed characters.

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  terran | Jan 13, 2016 |
When an elderly woman is found murdered just outside her rural home, suspicion lands on a young schizophrenic man who recently escaped his group home and was spotted at the scene of the crime. When the man later becomes a hostage in a bank robbery, Inspector Sejer is challenged to apprehend the robber, free the hostage, and ultimately solve both crimes.

As part of his investigation, Sejer becomes smitten with the doctor treating the schizophrenic man and wrestles with feelings of guilt, since he still mourns his wife Elise. This subplot never becomes dominant in the novel, but Karin Fossum leaves little bread crumbs for her readers, that develop the inspector's character well beyond his role in law enforcement.

Like any good mystery, things are never quite what they seem and the perpetrator is often hiding in plain sight but with enough other stuff to cast doubt and keep you guessing. This third book in the series was better than the last, with more elegant translation, leaving me eager for more. ( )
1 vote lauralkeet | Nov 8, 2015 |
I continue to be impressed by Karin Fossum's mysteries; this is my third. This one features a trio of misfits, who Fossum treats with great compassion. One is a young schizophrenic man who has escaped from the asylum where he was being involuntarily held and who witnesses -- or did he commit? -- a brutal murder of an elderly woman on a remote farm. One is the fat boy who apparently discovers the woman's body, sees the young schizophrenic man in the woods, and runs to report the crime to the police; he is a resident of a home for troubled boys and has snuck out to practice his archery, which is the only thing he takes an interest in besides eating. And the third is a bank robber who takes a hostage, the young schizophrenic man who, initially, because of his long hair, he thinks is a girl (and initially the police think so too, from the grainy video in the bank). As the bank robber and the schizophrenic man escape together, the tension between them intensifies and morphs in surprising directions (including an inescapably gory one). Eventually, through an accident, they are joined in their cabin in the woods by the fat boy. The police, with dogs, close in on them and a tragedy is revealed, as well as ultimately the real killer. Inspector Sejer investigates both these crimes with discretion and, as with the other Fossums I've read, the reader never knows more than he does. (He might have a new love interest too.) I don't know how much Fossum investigated schizophrenia, but she convinced me that she got inside the young man's head.
  rebeccanyc | Aug 24, 2015 |
He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum is a story of psychological suspense set in rural Norway. This is part of her series that features Inspector Konrad Sejer. In this instance he is investigating both a brutal murder of an older woman on a remote farm and a bank robbery that has turned into a hostage situation. These cases take a bizarre turn when it turns out that the suspect in the murder case, an escaped mental patient, is also the hostage of the bank robber. To make it even stranger, a young boy who is a witness to the murder also comes into contact with both the bank robber and the hostage in a deserted cabin in the woods.

He Who Fears the Wolf is a more of a character study with tragedy and murder as a backdrop rather than a straightforward mystery. Well written and intriguing this became quite a page turner for me as I wanted to see how it would all work out. Karin Fossum plumbs the psychological depths of her characters and creates a simple, compelling story that plays out over the course of one very hot summer day.

I found this a much more satisfying read than the first book in the series, Don’t Look Back which was more of a straight forward police procedural, and I am curious to find out in what direction she takes the next book in the series. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Feb 4, 2015 |
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Following her critically acclaimed debut, Don't Look Back, Karin Fossum's next mystery finds Inspect Sejer at the scene of a brutal murder in a stark, strange town.

 

Inspector Sejer is hard at work again, investigating the murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods. The chief suspect is another loner, a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution. The only witness is a twelve-year-old boy, overweight, obsessed with archery, and a resident at a home for delinquents. When a demented man robs a nearby bank and accidentally takes the suspect hostage, the three misfits are drawn into an uneasy alliance. Shrewdly, patiently, as is his way, Inspector Sejer confronts a case where the strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the criminals, and where small-town prejudices warp every piece of information he tries to collect.

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Inspector Sejer is investigating the brutal murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods. The chief suspect is another loner, a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution. The only witness is a twelve-year-old boy, overweight, obsessed with archery, and a resident at a home for delinquents. When a demented man robs a nearby bank and accidentally takes the suspect hostage, the three mistfits are drawn into an uneasy alliance. Shrewdly, patiently, Inspector Sejer confronts a case where the strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the criminals, and where small-town prejudices warp every piece of information he tries to collect.… (more)

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