The Murder of Harriet Krohn

The Murder of Harriet Krohn

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Available for the first time in English, the seventh entry in the beloved Inspector Sejer series from Norway's Queen of Crime, Karin Fossum

On a wet, gray night in early November, Charlo Torp, a former gambler who's only recently kicked the habit, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn's apartment, flowers in hand. Certain that paying off his debt is the only path to starting a new life and winning his daughter's forgiveness, Charlo plans to rob the wealthy old woman's antique silver collection. What he doesn't expect is for her to put up a fight.

The following morning Harriet is found dead, her antique silver missing, and the only clue Inspector Sejer and his team find in the apartment is an abandoned bouquet. Charlo should feel relieved, but he's heard of Sejer's amazing record -- the detective has solved every case he's ever been assigned to.

Told through the eyes of a killer, The Murder of Harriet Krohn poses the question: how far would you go to turn your life around, and could you live with yourself afterward?

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780544273399
Branch Call Number: M FOS
Characteristics: 242 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, James (Translator)


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Jun 15, 2015

I really liked this one. It is told from Charlo Torp's view. He tells about his anxiety, troubled past, and his burglary and murder of Harriet krohn. I didn't find it dark, but interesting to get a perspective from the killer, the hiding and lies he's had to tell to himself, his daughter and finally inspector Sejer.

alexica Nov 24, 2014

Fossum is a terrific writer. All her books concern societal problems that we can relate to. Her villians aren't necessarily terrible people who are totally evil, but pretty average folks who resort to extreme measures due to their circumsstances. Is it excusable? No, but you can understand how they got there and that is what is fascinating about Fossum's books. That being said, this is not a book that I would recommend to a first time Fossum reader. It's very clever, but it pretty much goes on in the primary actor's head and that makes for a slooowwww, sometimes boring, read. You have sympathy for the child involved because she is caught in terrible circimstances, but sadly, you realize that she is an example of the many who live her life in reality.

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