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The caller
Karin Fossum
Adult Fiction FOSSUM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the outset of Fossum's unsettling eighth Inspector Sejer mystery to be published in the U.S. (after 2011's Bad Intentions), Karsten and Lily Sundelin fear the worst after they discover their eight-month-old baby girl covered in blood in their front yard. Fortunately, someone has only doused their child in blood and left her unharmed. Sejer and his junior partner, Jacob Skarre, soon discover more disturbing occurrences, from an elderly woman reading her own obituary in the local paper to a man suffering from ALS who's approached by a mortuary before he is dead. Meanwhile, the reader is privy to the thoughts of the unhappy 17-year-old perpetrator, Johnny Beskow, who has a grudge against his alcoholic mother and "a distinct talent for mischief." Fossum manages to create menace without a high body count, and strikes a realistic note by not allowing her investigators to wrap up everything. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

A most unusual villain terrorizes a quiet Norwegian community by preying on people's worst fears: dousing an unattended infant in animal blood while her unknowing parents sit nearby; ordering a news-paper death notice for a senior citizen who is very much alive; crank-calling a mother and telling her that her daughter is in a hospital emergency room. Although physically unscathed, the victims and their families struggle with the psychological wounds left by these incidents. The typically calm Insp. Konrad Sejer is also unsettled, both by a spate of dizzy spells and by an ominous note left at his door: "Hell begins now." But when the "pranks" take a lethal turn, the tragedy is worse than anything he could have expected. VERDICT Fossum is back on track with her eighth Sejer mystery (after 2011's underwhelming Bad Intentions). Getting into the heads of the detectives, victims, and perpetrator, she offers a chilling morality play reminiscent of Ruth Rendell or even Patricia Highsmith. Good stuff for admirers of the clever and creepy. [See Prepub Alert, 2/12/12.]-Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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