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Bad intentions
Karin Fossum
Adult Fiction FOSSUM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fossum's excellent seventh Insp. Konrad Sejer mystery (after 2009's The Water's Edge) focuses on three young men-the disturbingly intuitive Axel Frimann, the bumbling drug addict Philip Reilly, and the painfully sensitive Jon Moreno. They've been friends forever, but something happens that alters the dynamic among them and causes the unbalanced Moreno to abruptly throw himself out of a small boat into a lake outside Oslo called, appropriately, Dead Water. Sejer and his partner, Jacob Skarre, find no evidence of murder, but something is off, as suggested by Frimann and Reilly altering the details of the suicide. When the body of a 17-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, Kim Van Chau, surfaces in another lake, Sejer discovers that the trio were at the same party as Chau the night he went missing. While Sejer isn't as active as in earlier entries in this fine series, his distinctive presence still enriches the story. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Psychiatric patient Jon Moreno is released for a weekend excursion with childhood friends Phillip Reilly and Axel Frimann. When the three young men row to the middle of a lake on a frigid Norwegian night, anxiety-riddled Moreno falls overboard and drowns, and the surviving duo try to pass off the incident as a suicide. But Insp. Konrad Sejer isn't convinced. Guilt consumes the drug-addled Reilly while the reptilian Frimann struggles to maintain his composure as Sejer's investigation uncovers a link between the men and a recent missing-persons case-a connection that may explain the secret behind Moreno's mental illness and the baffling circumstances of his death. VERDICT Fossum checks in with the seventh installment of her psychologically acute Inspector Sejer series after taking a brief detour last year with the stand-alone Broken. Although her prose is as sharp as ever, the characterizations are uncharacteristically thin, and the steely Sejer appears only sporadically. Fossum is one of Nordic noir's most skilled practitioners, but Sejer's faithful fans might be disappointed by his lukewarm return. [See Prepub Alert, 2/14/11.]-Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Konrad Sejer
Male
Age: Middle aged
Widower
Struggling to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes.
Police inspector

Jacob Skarre
Male
Konrad's assistant.
Police detective



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