Monday, December 12, 2011

Another First (Fossum)

It's rumoured that Jo Nesbo's first Harry Hole book, The Bat Man will be out in 2012 but there's no official confirmation yet. But, Karin Fossum's first Inspector Sejer is finally getting an English translation. In the Darkness, translated by James Anderson will be published on 19 July 2012, ten years after book two, Don't Look Back, was first published in English to much acclaim. The tenth in the Sejer series (and currently the last entry) was published this year in English, but English readers can hope that the missing seventh book also gets translated in due course (and we can find out where the psychiatrist girlfriend went perhaps?).
(Euro Crime bibliography is here)

The blurb from amazon:

Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether.

The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of very violent killer. But the trail has gone cold. It's as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer's desk: the murder of a prostitute who was found dead just before Egil went missing.

While Sejer is trying to piece together the fragments of a seemingly impossible case, Eva gets a phone call late one night. A stranger speaks and then swiftly hangs up. Eva looks out into the darkness and listens. All is quiet.

Gripping and thought-provoking, In the Darkness is Karin Fossum's first novel featuring the iconic Inspector Sejer.


Maxine Clarke said...

Great news, thanks. One trouble with these TOOO books is that if you are like me you can't even remember what you have missed. I do dimly recollect Sejer's putative girlfriend but nothing about those earlier (first translated book) plots. And I don't really want to go back and start again once we do have a series translated in proper order..

Is The Bat Man the one set in Australia?

Karen (Euro Crime) said...

I think Bat Man is set in Australia. I'm assuming it'll be out in the Sep/Oct slot.

I'd forgotten that we'd missed a Sejer until I rechecked the list! It's not as important to read them in order as it is with some series I think.

Bernadette said...

Harry in Australia? I honestly cannot imagine it.

Anonymous said...

Karen - This really is good news, for which thanks for sharing. It will be really good to start at the beginning...