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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474661
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the very best of the new wave of Nordic crime writers... She evokes brilliantly the claustrophobia of rural Norway" (The Times)

"Searingly convincing. A fine novel" (Independent on Sunday)

"Crime master Fossum returns...Intelligent sleuthing" (Herald)

"Fossum writes humane thrillers which perturb and chill" (Observer)

"Sejer belongs alongside the likes of Adam Dalgliesh and Inspector Morse - a gifted detective and a troubled man" (Boston Globe)

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Inspector Konrad Sejer returns on the trail of a violent killer in small-town Norway.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Oct 2005
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Gunder Jomann is a quiet, middle-aged man who lives a peaceful if remarkably unremarkable life in the quiet village of Elvestad, Norway. Many think him "simple", and possibly this is so, but he is still an intelligent, noble and gentle figure, and manages to surprise everyone when they hear he has returned home from India a married man. However, on the same evening his bride Poona is due to arrive at the airport Jomann's sister is the victim of an accident, and he has to send a local taxi-driver to collect her instead. But she is nowhere to be found, and he returns without her. The next day, the small town is rocked with the news of an Indian woman found bludgeoned to death in a nearby field.
Inspector Konrad Sejer is horrified by the brutality of the attack, and vows to find the person responsible among a town where no-one seems to be telling the complete truth, everyone seems to have secrets to keep, and everyone's behaviour is distorted by the fact one of their own may be a guilty of this horrendous crime.
Calling Out For You is a novel with an immense emotional power. It would, I imagine, be almost impossible to read this without total emotional involvement in the characters and what's happening to them. The opening fifty pages, during which lonely Gunder travels to India and finds a wife, only to have her vibrant presence in his life snuffed out on the night she, a stranger in a strange land, arrives to be with him, are at first touching and then ultimately shattering. Fossum's ability to pin-point how completely barbaric the crime, how monstrous, desolate and even beyond words it is, is stunning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ethel the Unready on 12 Feb 2007
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A quiet community is shocked by the brutal murder of a stranger who turns out to be the new Indian wife of an unlikely romantic hero, Gunder Jomann the local farming machinery salesman.

A chain of unlucky events sets off this tragedy and it falls to the unassuming Inspector Konrad Sejer and his sidekick Jacob Skarre to solve the crime. I have read the previous Inspector Sejer books but don't think it would spoil anyone's enjoyment if this were their first encounter with this author. There are some domestic scenes with Sejer "the grey beanpole" and his girlfriend but they don't detract from the main thrust of the story.

Over time the villagers puzzle over the mystery and who the wounded personality that committed the murder might be. The pace is slow and measured which may not suit everyone but it's worth the wait to see Sejer catch the killer. In addition, the increasingly unhinged behaviour of one witness keeps up suspense and as the previous reviewer commented, there is enough ambiguity about the apparent conclusion to make the reader pause for thought.

Incidentally I noticed that this book was originally published with the title "Beloved Poona"; wonder why they changed it to "Calling Out For You"?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 May 2006
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Gunder Jomann is a quiet, middle-aged man who lives a peaceful if remarkably unremarkable life in the quiet village of Elvestad, Norway. Many think him "simple", and possibly this is so, but he is still an intelligent, noble and gentle figure, and manages to surprise everyone when they hear he has returned home from India a married man. However, on the same evening his bride Poona is due to arrive at the airport Jomann's sister is the victim of an accident, and he has to send a local taxi-driver to collect her instead. But she is nowhere to be found, and he returns without her. The next day, the small town is rocked with the news of an Indian woman found bludgeoned to death in a nearby field.

Inspector Konrad Sejer is horrified by the brutality of the attack, and vows to find the person responsible among a town where no-one seems to be telling the complete truth, everyone seems to have secrets to keep, and everyone's behaviour is distorted by the fact one of their own may be a guilty of this horrendous crime.

Calling Out For You is a novel with an immense emotional power. It would, I imagine, be almost impossible to read this without total emotional involvement in the characters and what's happening to them. The opening fifty pages, during which lonely Gunder travels to India and finds a wife, only to have her vibrant presence in his life snuffed out on the night she, a stranger in a strange land, arrives to be with him, are at first touching and then ultimately shattering. Fossum's ability to pin-point how completely barbaric the crime, how monstrous, desolate and even beyond words it is, is stunning.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2007
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A word of warning. This book is the 2007 United States release of the UK released CALLING OUT FOR YOU from 2006. This version has the title THE INDIAN BRIDE and if you have already read or bought CALLING OUT FOR YOU, please AVOID this novel!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2005
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You can't help comparing Karin Fossum and Henning Mankell. They're both Scandinavian writers of police procedurals, and both have a strong central detective character - Sejer in Fossum's case and Wallander for Mankell.
Mankell's Wallander is arguably more famous, and inspires people to make the pilgrimage to Ystad in Sweden. Karin Fossum hasn't rooted her novels quite so explicitly, but this one is more Mankell like in that respect, being set firmly in the village of Elvestad in Norway.
What this does is make you compare the two novelists even more closely. And what you discover is that Karin Fossum is beating Mankell at his own game.
'Calling Out For You' is beautifully constructed and written. It's clear to me now that Fossum is much the better writer: her characters are finely drawn, her dialogue real, her writing much more subtle and convincing. And yet she's just as good at creating tension, describing the workings of her star detective and his appealing sidekick, Skarre.
Where Mankell clumsily describes his characters, Fossum does it with great skill. In fact, Karin Fossum's greatest talent is getting a handle on the psychological twists and turns of a murder and its subsequent investigation. Instead of focusing entirely on one character, we see the events through all the characters, and I'm particularly impressed this time. The way the people of Elvestad individually and collectively react to a murder in their midst is exceptionally well woven. By the time you reach the end, you will have a very strong impression of what the murder has done to every character.
It's a neat story too, simple in itself but revealing and creating all kinds of complications and unexpected results.
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