Bad Intentions

Bad Intentions

Book - 2010
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Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.

Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that the surviving pair has something to hide. Weeks pass without further clues, and then in a nearby lake the body of a teenage boy floats to the surface.

Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, c2010.
ISBN: 9781846552922
1846552923
Characteristics: 184 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barslund, Charlotte

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CMLibrary_csmith Mar 20, 2016

In this 8th Inspector Sejer mystery, Karin Fossum once again delivers a well crafted psychologically rich story. In her usual style, less emphasis is placed on how the crime/situation is solved and more depth placed into characterization and the human condition. Even a tragic outcome can bring unexpected positivity to the characters she develops.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

Axel, Reilly and Jon are three childhood friends with a secret that is preying on their minds. They all have different ways of coping with their nagging consciences—drugs, denial and despair. Fossum delicately builds the tension as once again the police become involved in their lives and Inspector Sejer leads the investigation into suicide, murder and bodies in the cold, black Norwegian lakes.

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maipenrai
Feb 24, 2014

*** stars Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.
Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that the surviving pair has something to hide. Weeks pass without further clues, and then in a nearby lake the body of a teenage boy floats to the surface. **** I really enjoy Ms. Fossum's mysteries set in Norway. She writes well and creates interesting characters and good mysteries. This is the 9th book in the Inspector Sejer series and is more of a psychological study of guilt than a who done it. I have one small objection to the book which involves animal cruelty. I thought it was not unexpected, but I think it is unnecessary. With that small caveat, I recommend the book. If you would like to follow this Norwegian series, the first book is "In the Darkness" which was finally translated into English in 2012. The first book that I read was "Don't Look Back" which was translated in 2002. One of the middle books is being published in the US this year, so reading this series in order is not the easiest task. Found a good list of the books and order of writing + year of translation in Wikipedia under the author's name.

akarenina Sep 21, 2011

Excellent characterizations and psychological depth.

One loose end.

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jquickmsw
Sep 09, 2011

Fossum seems increasingly to be off her game. Broken (a non Inspector Sejer novel) was tedious, convoluted, murky, almost unreadable. This latest Sejer story is thin (literally; the book is skinny compared to most), the always interesting Sejer and Skarre barely figure in it, and instead of leaving you wanting more, as the others in the series did, it made this reader want to quit reading her books. Pity.

debwalker Aug 03, 2011

Seventh Scandinavian crime novel featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer.

mayfairlady Oct 12, 2010

short and sweet mystery

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