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When the Devil Holds the Candle

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When the Devil Holds the Candle

By Karin Fossum; Felicity David (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011889, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2006


When the theft of a purse from a stroller results in an infant's death, two teenagers are in trouble. Unaware of the enormity of their crime, Zipp and Andreas are intent on committing still another. They follow an elderly woman home, and Andreas enters her house with his ever-reliable switchblade. Motionless in the dark, Zipp waits for his friend to come out.

Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre see no connection between the infant's death and the reported disappearance of a local delinquent. And so while the confusion in the world outside mounts, the chilling, heart-stopping truth unfolds inside the old woman's home.

Unflappable as ever, Sejer digs below the surface of small-town tranquillity in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives. Another brilliantly observed, precisely rendered psychological mystery from the highly acclaimed Karin Fossum.

Praise For When the Devil Holds the Candle

"A superb writer of psychological suspense . . . In spare, incisive prose, [Fossum] turns a conventional police procedural into a sensitive examination of troubled minds and a disturbing look at the way society views them."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A stunning U.S. debut from a European standout . . . Rarely in a modern novel are the characters so vividly rendered . . . The plotting is flawless."--THE PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland)

"[T]he story is so chillingly told that we can only marvel at the author's skill at illustrating how a random sequence of events can cause so many lives to intersect in so many horrifying ways."

-Marilyn Stasio

"This is not your usual police procedural -- Fossum's third Sejer novel ... is psyhcological suspense at its best."
-Jo Ann Vicarel