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E traits of human nature Mr Sejer has #too few of those so "Maybe That Is Why "that is why cannot assign the novel the rating of 1010Further #few of those so maybe that is why I cannot assign the novel the rating of 1010Further Fossum s novel despite in fact being a police procedural wonderfully slow muted and uiet one is indeed a mystery I mean we ind of now who did it from rather early in the text and we are right But not just uite right I am unable to write any on that topic in order not to spoil the mystery This just not uite is an extremely strong asset of Black Seconds if one reads mysteries for the mystery I do not care much about the mystery factor but here it is strongly present And the method used by Inspector Sejer to finally understand what happened is refreshingly clever Finally don t miss the last paragraph of the novelFive stars The following is my review after 2009 reading I have been reading mystery novels for over forty years at a pace of about a hundred books a year Karin Fossum s Black Seconds is her third book I read and to me it is the best I began with When *the Devil Holds the Candle and I liked it I loved Don t Look Back *Devil Holds the Candle and I liked it I loved Don t Look Back the masterful way the author teases the reader at the beginning by way of a false start I found Black Seconds among the very best books I have ever read Yes it is a mystery and it sort of eeps you guessing to the end but that is not important at all The psychological portraits of the characters are drawn so well that I felt I had Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family known these people for years The gentle interrogations towards the end of the book are reminiscent of Dostoyevski s Crime and Punishment There is not much action but there is so much truth about people instead Ms Fossum writes extremely well and the translator did a splendid job in managing not to spoil the dry to the point style A piece of real literature My objection to this book has nothing to do with the subject matter I read a lot of really dark crime novels and everything to do with the shoddy police work What was actually a really obvious solution as improbable and absurdly coincidental as it was remained obscured until the end because the cops just didn t ask the right uestions the obvious uestions to ask It s several days into a child s disappearance before you bother to find out why her parents are divorced You can tnow that s irrelevant until you solve the mystery I had high hopes for this book given the Norwegian ueen of Crime hype and I was pretty disappointed It did make me want to be a cop though just because I would be better at it than these clowns This is a wonderful series I ve read two others but didn t realize that ALL of Fossum s books are now available on Kindle through my local library Wow I am going to start from the beginning and Karin Fossum nows well the edginess and anticipation her readers feel as they plunge into extraordinary crime She drives them to continue reading How and why did the event happen Who did it What are the inescapable feelings of the family and the accusedInspector Konrad Sejer continues to thrill me with his probing uestions Mild and assuming he puts a subject at ease He waits for them to fill the silence Then he pounces on their statements Not proud but correct and professional He s moralistic and will always tell the subject what they did was wrong Not satisfied with a conviction he wants only the truth If not to settle the case but to complete his searching curiosity Something terribly wrong was done and there must be an answerFossum euips Sejer with an intellect and ingenuity that are astounding in their simplicity It s very satisfying reading another Fossum mystery and I look forward to reading. Neighbourhood 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 tra.

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Svarte Sekunder Konrad Sejer #6The disappearance of a young child and the ensuing police hunt is a well worn trope in crime fiction I ve read so many crime tales of this nature I no longer bother with them but I decided to make an exception for Karin Fossum s Black Seconds because she s an author I can trust to cover such a crime in a compassionate thoughtful wayIn the past I have read many of Fossum s books both her standalone titles and those that are part of her Inspector Sejer series and she has an acutely perceptive eye on what happens after the crime is committedHer novels usually tackle the psychological impacts on both the victim s family and the perpetrator highlighting how criminal acts can never be seen in isolation and how they cast long shadows on a wide circle of people and the communities they inhabit These themes are also present in Black Seconds To read the rest of my review please visit my blog Creepy is an understatement when talking about Karin Fossum s detective series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre In Black Seconds readers get a glimpse into a dark world not too many authors can create as powerful #and troubling as FossumFrom the beginning of the series in Don t Look Back until now in Black Seconds Fossum #troubling as FossumFrom the beginning of the series in Don t Look Back until now in Black Seconds Fossum how to create a believable and realistic sketch of her characters and their aging lives As evidence Konrad Sejer is not the same man we have seen in Don t Look Back or even in The Indian Bride He is vulnerable in private and in public life Behind closed doors we see his beloved dog Kollberg struggle with the aging process He can hardly walk any or find his cozy surroundings comfortable Late one night while Sejer comes home from work he sits in his favorite chair by the window and stares across the room at his dog who walks in circles a few times until he collapses on the floor His hind legs hit the floor first then his paws and finally his heavy head falls in front of him It is too difficult for Sejer to look his dog in the eyesAt work Sejer deals with a case that he finds most puzzling to date As he
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Emil Mork and mother Elsa Sejer discovers how rewarding and debilitating his line of work really is At one point in the novel when Sejer uestions Elsa about her son s anger management problems Sejer is seen as weak and scared for the first time He sees Kollberg in her story I think and takes her confession personallyThe end of the story is Fossum at her best with the writings of nature and the human condition Wonderful and haunting at the same time I look forward to Inspector Sejer and Skarre mysteries and hope we get a better look at Skarre s personality and private life I really like these characters and pray we get cases soon Not all crimes are driven by malice and some of the best mysteries are not whodunnits but rather the how and why This book crosses the T on that Inspecter Sejer with his calm and refined pursuit for the truth than the criminal is definitely one of the most charming fictional detectivesIda Joner a young girl goes missing along with her bicycle under the watchful eyes of her mother Inspecter Sejjer nows when a young girl is idnapped the girl will turn up dead or alive very soon However when she does not turn up despite a volunteer search it becomes a *puzzle The fact that you get to see the plot into *The fact that you get to see the plot into who and what does not still solve the puzzle and therein lies the book s charm The tension in the initial few pages after the id goes missing is affecting and is a credit to the author There were some parts which I felt were not linked back once the plot started developin. A little girl has vanished without a trace Inspector Sejer must find her before it’s too late another gripping novel in Karin Fossum’s acclaimed mystery seriesIda 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. ,
G but then I am just being picky Loved THE FAMILYACCUSED INTERROGATIONS DONE BY SEJER AND SKARR WHICH familyaccused interrogations done by Sejer and Skarr which to have a basic care in the tone and non threatening A clean police work that is eual parts methodical and clever Good non gory mystery Black Seconds is the sixth instalment in Karin Fossum s outstanding series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre and begins with every parent s worst nightmare a missing child Released in Norway in I plan on giving all of my Karin Fossum reviews the same statement because I don t even want the hint of a spoiler on this woman s fantastic work Fossum s writing gave me my love of Scandanavian mystery writers and I seek those writings out Hands downthough Fossum s work is the best I have come across so far A young girl goes missing and Inspector Sejer is assigned the case Definitely not a high octane thriller but a well written though with an understated style tale of suspense set in Norway I had begun reading mysteries in about 1970 but it was only in 1998 when I began rating them for my own amusement being a computational mathematician I love numbers I did not rate all of the mysteries that I read but I did most of them A few #Days Ago I Looked #ago I looked ratings up and found out that among about 1300 mysteries I have rated there are just two that have received the highest rating of 95 out of 10 in my scale One of them is Karin Fossum s novel Black Seconds published in 2002 in Norway and the other is The Chill 1964 by Ross Macdonald I read Black Seconds for the first time in 2009 when it was published in the US and then copied my enthusiastic review from com to Goodreads Being a skeptic I believe that people are constantly wrong and that I am wrong often than others so I decided yesterday to read the novel again to check the extraordinarily high ratingI stubbornly stand by my opinion this is probably the best mystery book I have read in my life Most of you who have read it will certainly disagree with me Yes it is pretty good well written with realistic characters but best mystery ever Come on don t be silly Well I will try to justify my outrageous claimI have read nine books by Ms Fossum She is the absolute master of psychological observation The mother s terror when her daughter does not come home at expected time is described with clinical accuracy The overpowering fear the senseless seeking for reasons for hope the deal making with God with fate Ida the girl who disappears has always dreamed about a pet Her birthday is coming and the mother said no Now she promises to buy all sorts of pets when Ida comes back Can you imagine the pain of an almost 50 year old lonely woman losing a beautiful well behaved 10 year old daughter who was the only thing for which her life was worth living Now she is gone forever I believe most parents went through the hell of fear of losing a child when he or she is half an hour late But in almost all cases the ids come back lateThe most beautiful absolutely outstanding feature of Ms Fossum s book is her compassion toward people Weakness is the essence of the human nature we are stupid vain self centered greedy for stuff and for power insensitive to others pain Yet in Black Seconds the only person who is presented in negative light is not guilty of Ida s disappearance All characters in the novel are real people they are not just the templates of the murderers and the victims or agents of the bad and the good as happens in most crime books The only exception is of course Inspector Sejer Police inspectors are human like all of us meaning they exhibit all the negativ. 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 policeHundreds of volunteers comb the. .