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Publisher Description

“A truly great writer and explorer of the human mind.” — Jo Nesbø

“What grips readers is the enormous amount of emotion [Fossum] works up as we get closer and closer to reliving the murderous event in question . . . Hell Fire is close to heartbreaking, and there are not many novels, thrillers or otherwise, you can say that about.” — Los Angeles Times
A gruesome tableau awaits Inspector Konrad Sejer in the oppressive summer heat: a woman and a young boy lay dead in a pool of blood near a dank trailer. The motivation behind the deaths of Bonnie Hayden and her five-year-old son, Simon, is mysterious—there is no sign of robbery. Who would brutally stab a defenseless woman and her child? In a parallel story, another mother, Mass Malthe, navigates life with her adult son, Eddie. It’s a relationship some would call too close, since Eddie’s father, a man he obsesses over, abandoned them many years ago. As Sejer searches for the truth behind the seemingly senseless killings, Hell Fire deftly probes why we lie to those closest to us, and what drives people to commit the most horrific of crimes.
“There’s always something dark hovering on the edge of the page, something about getting what you wish for and the crushing irony when that gift proves your undoing.” — New York Times Book Review

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 30
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

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Love her books. Karen writes better than all the European mystery writers!

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Hell Fire

This is an awesome book that I enjoyed reading in one sitting! I couldn't wait to know who killed Bonnie and Simon and why! I love these Inspector Sejer mysteries. He is an amazing detective with perfect skills. The evil antagonist is truly a monster who should never be allowed freedom to kill or hurt again. He should never have been told the truth -- this is one case where secrets and lies are justified. Very sad for everyone!

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