MYSTERY

The Whisperer

Houghton Harcourt. (Inspector Sejer, Bk. 13). Aug. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781328614193. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781328612939. THRILLER
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In her 13th “Inspector Sejer” book (after Hell Fire), the “Norwegian Queen of Crime” explores the complex territory of the human mind. How does society define mental illness, by what people think or by what they do? When Insp. Konrad Sejer finds himself facing murder suspect Ragna Riegel in the interrogation room, he knows he has to go slowly and use every ounce of his intuition and detective skills to tease out the truth. A horrific crime has been committed. There is a mutilated body. There is Ragna’s confession. But Sejer wants more than that. Ragna needs more, deserves more, too. This story about a compassionate police inspector and a shy, introverted woman who can only whisper, never shout, because of a mangled operation will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats.
VERDICT Those who like Scandinavian mysteries and the subtle buildup of psychological thrillers will enjoy this book. An essential purchase, even if Fossum’s previous works are not in the collection. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

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