Black Seconds by Karin Fossum
(Inspector Sejer Mysteries)

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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.

 

About Karin Fossum

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KARIN FOSSUM is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller.
 
Published August 10, 2009 by Mariner Books. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But even after they’ve identified a suspect who almost certainly knows what happened to Ida, it’s by no means certain that they’ll be able to prevent him from retreating into a silence that seems to hang over the entire community like a dark cloud.

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Ida Joner is a beautiful nine-year-old girl who is the shining light in her mother, Helga's, life.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Ida Joner can hardly wait for her tenth birthday, only ten days away.

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Reviewing the Evidence

If you enjoy Barbara Vine's books, Fossum is worth your time, even though her books often appear rather lightweight and predictable by comparison.

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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.

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