Black Seconds

Black Seconds

3.82 (4,546 ratings by Goodreads)
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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 18mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint, Translation
  • 0156034042
  • 9780156034043
  • 756,382

Review quote

Praise for BLACK SECONDS: "It doesn't take a terrorist, a serial killer or some paranormal force to rattle the insular Norwegian communities Karin Fossum writes about in her quietly unnerving thrillers. In BLACK SECONDS, all it takes is the disappearance of a child." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review"What a spare, artful novel this is: how lean, how swift, how bitterly sad." --Washington Post"
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4,546 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,077)
4 44% (2,013)
3 25% (1,137)
2 5% (242)
1 2% (77)
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