When the Devil Holds the Candle

When the Devil Holds the Candle

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., [2006]
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151011889
0151011885
Branch Call Number: MYS FOSSU-K
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: David, Felicity

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CMLibrary_csmith Feb 07, 2016

Unlike other police procedural mysteries, less emphasis is placed on how detective Sejer solves the crimes, allowing the characters to be developed into a well-crafted and thrilling mystery. When two young Norwegian delinquents cause mischief in a small town, a series of events transpire that results in major consequences.
One of the delinquents, Andreas, decides to steal from an older reclusive woman, Irma, to dire results. When things go wrong with the theft, Andreas becomes trapped in Irma's house. Much of this mystery is written in first-person narrative, giving a chilling insight into Irma's feelings.
What is Andreas's secret and why does this result in tragedy?

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LauraSteinert
Oct 25, 2015

Rather than following in Dickens' (or Clancy's) footsteps of drawing seemingly random events into a cohesive whole, Fossum just presents fragments that bump into each other.

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bayougal
Jan 11, 2014

Karin is a sick, twisted lady....and I LOVE IT!
Every book, even though it features Inspector Sejer, follows a different, crazy path.
Her writing is dark and somewhat disorienting, as you often don't realize whose voice she is speaking in, but her books keep you enthralled from start to finish.
I've never been to Norway...if people there are anything like the ones she writes about in her book, I will likely never go. But I enjoy going there with her.
I already have the next two books in the series on hold and look forward to finding out what twisted path she will take me down next.

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meyoubou
May 31, 2013

Once again, Karin Fossum has written a great book and has provided the reader with a great read. Suspenseful.

hermlou Jul 31, 2011

Andreas and his friend Zipp are out looking for money. They rob a young mother and then follow an older woman home. Andreas goes in with a knife, and Zipp waits outside for hours and finally goes home. Andreas is reported missing, which brings in Inspector Sejer and his younger colleague Skarre. Zipp refuses to talk, even though he might help find Andreas, and the suspense builds. This is the third book I've read by Fossum, and I would call her the Norwegian Ruth Rendell because of the creepy characters she writes about. Very gripping.

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msummers57
Feb 01, 2011

Not as good as the previous Sejer novels.

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