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.