He Who Fears the Wolf
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He Who Fears the Wolf

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Inspector Sejer is hard at work again, 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 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. Fossum once again provides extraordinary insight into marginalized lives and richly evokes the atmosphere she captured so brilliantly in Don't Look Back.
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  • Paperback | 283 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 399.16g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156030497
  • 9780156030496
  • 416,104

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"Convincing, subtle and logically plotted, Inspector Sejer is a great addition to the detectives' league." --"The Dallas Morning News"
Inspector Sejer is hard at work again, investigating the brutal murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods. The chief suspect is 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.
Confronting a case where the strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the criminals, Inspector Sejer finds thatsmall-town prejudices warp every piece of information he tries to collect. Fossum once again provides extraordinary insight into marginalized lives and richly evokes the atmosphere she captured so brilliantly in "Don't Look Back. "
"With sharp psychological insight and a fine grasp on police procedure, Fossum is easily one of the best new imports the genre has to offer." --Baltimore Sun
Karin Fossum is the author of many novels and two collections of short stories. Her crime novels featuring Inspector Sejer have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Oslo.
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PRAISE FOR HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF

"A superb writer of psychological suspense."--The New York Times

"Fossum's presentation of her characters is marked by an intelligence and compassion that is not often found in the pages of crime fiction."--The Sunday Times (London)
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PRAISE FOR"HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF"

"A superb writer of psychological suspense."--"The New York Times"

"Fossum's presentation of her characters is marked by an intelligence and compassion that is not often found in the pages of crime fiction."--"The Sunday Times"(London)
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