Karin Fossum: “I just don’t care about the plot”

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Ran across this “article in the Ireland Herald.ie where Karin Fossum discusses what interests her most about crime fiction:

“People always talk about the plot: is it clever, is it smart and so on. I just don’t care about the plot,” laughs Fossum, “I care about the people, the psychology, the tragedy and sorrow . . . I’m far more interested in the human consequences of people’s actions.”

I am too. I’ve always been more character focused than plot focused. After reading the article, I went to my digital reader and pulled up The Indian Bride and am reading it now. Here is the description of the book that is apart of her Inspector Sejer series set in Norway.

When long-time bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. Then, on the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found on the outskirts of town. The “good people of Elvestad” can’t believe that anyone among them could be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his quiet way, Inspector Konrad Sejer understands that no one is completely innocent—not the café owner who knows too much, the girl who wants the attention that comes with being a witness, or the bodybuilder with no outlet for his terrible strength.

The first translated book in the U.S. is Don’t Look Back if you have an interest in the reading the series. Karin Fossum is regarded as one of the most respected and successful crime writers in Europe. One of my reading goals was to read her this year so I am happy to be doing just that.

In other news, I started Headhunters by Jo Nesbo before going to work yesterday evening. The story is written in first person narrative and is very verbose and very boring. I have to be in the mood to read this book so I’ve set it aside for later. I won’t be zipping through it like I did the Harry Hole books I see. I pray that it gets better once the plot kicks in.

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4 Comments

  1. Diane R Ivone says

    If the quote “article in the Herald” in your note about Karin Fossom’s lack of interest in plot was intended to be a link, please note that the link is broken. Also, it’s somewhat confusing not to specify which “Herald” you’re referring to. There are many newspapers, for example, that contain the word “Herald” in their titles. Thank you.

    • Hi Diane, thank you for telling me about the broken link and I appreciate the additional feedback and will do better.

  2. Dympna says

    I have recently started reading various Scandanavian crime writers and really like them. I’ve just finished The Caller by Karin Fossum. OMG I have never read a book that left me feeling more miserable :( I wouldn’t really call it a crime novel – there are absolutely no resolutions just an awful lot of misery. I don’t think I’ll be reading another Fossum.

    Dympna

    • Hi Dympna, Karin Fossum writes psychological crime fiction. She seems to enjoy writing about people’s actions and reactions in regards to a crime. She won’t be to everybody’s taste and she certainly doesn’t write the kind of stories that will leave you smiling at the end. Her stories are pretty tough and about as realistic as they can get in fiction. I would recommend all the authors on my side-bar to you if you are enjoying Scandinavian crime fiction :-)

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