In the Darkness: An Inspector Sejer Novel (Inspector Sejer 1) - Karin Fossum 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 a 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...

"The trouble with loving Scandinavian crime fiction is that often the books in any particular series will suffer from TOOO syndrome – translated out of order".

However the Konrad Sejer series suffers less than most - I have read them in totally random order, as in whatever was available from work and can’t say that it made much difference.

Sejer is such a “nice” person; none of the maverick, issues with authority, angst ridden policing for him. No, he is old-fashioned, traditional, polite to women and children and his biggest vice is one hand rolled cigarette in the evening whilst sipping a whisky and petting his dog. He understands things are never black and white and why people are driven to horrendous violence and murder through desperation or sheer bad judgement/luck.

All her stories begin simply enough but the threads become more twisted and tangled, the exquisitely drawn characters leap off the page and into your mind.

Fossum’s novels have a haunting rather melancholy quality that stay with you as you ponder the “what would I have done” scenarios – but they are always believable.

The mood of this brilliant series can be summed up in this following quote from In The Darkness; Eva and her father are talking about why good people can do bad things:

‘It’s a sort of threshold they cross’ he said pensively. ‘I wonder what it is, what it means. Why some people overstep it, and others could never dream of doing so.’

‘Everyone can” Eva said. ‘It’s circumstances which dictate. And they don’t step over either – they stray over. They don’t see it until they’re on the other side, and then it’s too late.’