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The Painter, The Call Girl and The Men
on 2 August 2013
Many of us have been reading Karin Fossum's detective series featuring the Norwegian Inspector Sejer. This is not a blood and gore series, but a well thought out, intellectual detective who works the clues and with a little bit of luck solves his case.
I have read several books in the series, and, now we have the first book. Why it took so long for the first book to surface is a mystery. It is an excellent novel, maybe not as exciting as some of the others in the series, but it does seem strange to me. Sejer is a fascinating figure in this series. We learn a little bit about Sejer, his daily life, a nightly whiskey with his big dog warming and drooling all over his feet. He lost his wife to cancer. His only child, a daughter, has returned from Africa with a husband and a beautiful grandson. Life should be good, but Sejer does not remember the last time he was happy. He is not depressed, just lonely. His work takes his time, and his new grandson he will make room for.
On an early spring day a body in water is reported by an older woman. She is not the first to see this body, but more of that later. A man has been knifed several times, how long he has been in the water is anybody's guess. It turns out, he was murdered about the same time as a young call girl. Are these murders related? In police work it is unusual for there to be a coincidence. Sejer and his team go to work, clues are uncovered, witnesses, family and any unusual occurrence is scrutinized. Sejer has his work to,do, and with a little bit of luck, the murderers will be found.
Inspector Sejer is one of my favorite of detectives. He is calm, collected, intelligent, thoughtful and kind. He does not need brawn nor threats. He treats everyone with respect. His team follows his command and any loose canon will find their way out. The writing by Karin Fossum is superb, on mark, with terrific character development. Now, on to,the rest of the series.
Recommended. prisrob 08-01-13