Karin Fossum

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Karin Fossum
Karin Fossum in 2008
Karin Fossum in 2008
Born (1954-11-06) November 6, 1954 (age 64)
Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
GenreCrime fiction

Karin Fossum (born 6 November 1954) is a Norwegian author of crime fiction,[1] often referred to as the "Norwegian queen of crime".[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Karin Mathisen was born on 6 November 1954 in Sandefjord,[1] in Vestfold county, Norway. She currently lives near Oslo. Fossum debuted as a poet with Kanskje i morgen, her first collection published in 1974 when she was just 20. It won Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris. For a time she worked in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted with rehabilitation of drug addicts.

Writing career[edit]

Fossum began her literary career as a poet.[3] She is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer series of crime novels, which have been translated into 25 languages and honoured with several awards.[4][5]

She won the Glass Key award for her novel Don't Look Back, which also won the Riverton Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in 2005 for Calling Out For You.

La ragazza del lago, internationally released as The Girl by the Lake, is a 2007 Italian thriller-drama film directed by Andrea Molaioli, in his directorial debut. It is based on the 1996 novel Don't Look Back (Se deg ikke tilbake!).


Inspector Sejer Series[edit]

(also featuring Inspector Jakob Skarre):

  • 1995 - Eva's Eye / In the Darkness (Evas øye); English translation 2012
  • 1996 - Don't Look Back (Se deg ikke tilbake!); English translation 2002
  • 1997 - He Who Fears the Wolf (Den som frykter ulven); English translation 2003
  • 1998 - When the Devil Holds the Candle (Djevelen holder lyset); English translation 2004
  • 2000 - Calling Out For You (Elskede Poona); English translation: 2005; American translation: The Indian Bride, 2007
  • 2002 - Black Seconds (Svarte sekunder); English translation 2007
  • 2004 - The Murder of Harriet Krohn (Drapet på Harriet Krohn); English translation 2014
  • 2007 - The Water's Edge (Den som elsker noe annet); English translation 2009
  • 2008 - Bad Intentions (Den onde viljen); English translation 2010
  • 2009 - The Caller (Varsleren); English translation 2011
  • 2013 - The Drowned Boy (Carmen Zita og døden); English translation 2015
  • 2014 - Hell Fire (Helvetesilden); English translation 2016
  • 2016 - The Whisperer (Hviskeren); English translation

The character of Sejer appeared in a series of Norwegian TV adaptations starring Bjørn Sundquist in the role, with Christian Skolmen as Sejer's partner Jacob Skarre.

Other writings[edit]

  • 1974 - Kanskje i morgen – poetry
  • 1978 - Med ansiktet i skyggen – poetry
  • 1992 - I et annet lys - short stories
  • 1994 - Søylen - short stories
  • 1999 - De gales hus - novel
  • 2002 - Jonas Eckel - novel
  • 2003 - The Night of November 4th (Natt til fjerde november);
  • 2006 - Broken (Brudd); English translation 2008
  • 2011 - Jeg kan se i mørket (English translation 2013 I Can See in the Dark)
  • 2012 - Natten er et annet land - poetry (The Night is Another Land)



  1. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Karin Fossum". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ Christian House (12 July 2009). "Karin Fossum: 'I knew a murderer; I knew the victim too'". The Independent. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Jeremy Megraw (10 July 2013). "A Guide to Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer". Crime Fiction Lover. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. ^ Die Biografie der Autorin Karin Fossum (schwedenkrimi.de)
  5. ^ Karin Fossum (Couch Medien GmbH & Co. KG.)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anders Heger
Recipient of the Brage Prize, open class
Succeeded by
Annie Riis
Preceded by
Jan Jakob Tønseth
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
Succeeded by
P. Carmona-Alvarez,
Ingeborg Arvola,
Ørnulf Hodne,
Anne-Lise Gjerdrum