The whisperer / Karin Fossum ; translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In this tense and twisty latest from Norway's maven of crime, time shifts between Inspector Sejer's interrogation of the accused Ragna Reigel and the shocking events that led up to her arrest. How did this lonely, quiet woman come to kill a man--or did she?"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Ragna Riegel likes to sit on the same seat on the bus every day and she likes to buy the same things at the local shop each day. She must have order in her life. And she does, until one day she receives a letter with a threat written in block capitals on the sheet inside. Facing an unknown enemy, she must use all her means to defend herself. When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer thinks it is an open-and-shut case. But Ragna may be hiding a dark secret.... -- adapted from jacket
    • Notes:
      "First published with the title Hviskeren in Norway by Cappelen Damm in 2016. First published in Great Britain in 2018 by Harvill Secker"--Title page verso.
    • Other Titles:
      Hviskeren. English
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    • ABNT:
      FOSSUM, K.; DICKSON, K. The whisperer. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. ISBN 9781328614193. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Fossum K, Dickson K. The Whisperer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2019. Accessed December 15, 2019.
    • APA:
      Fossum, K., & Dickson, K. (2019). The whisperer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fossum, Karin, and Kari Dickson. 2019. The Whisperer. An Inspector Sejer Mystery Series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Harvard:
      Fossum, K. and Dickson, K. (2019) The whisperer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (An Inspector Sejer mystery series). Available at: (Accessed: 15 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fossum, K & Dickson, K 2019, The whisperer, An Inspector Sejer mystery series, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 15 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Fossum, Karin, and Kari Dickson. The Whisperer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fossum, Karin, and Kari Dickson. The Whisperer. An Inspector Sejer Mystery Series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fossum K, Dickson K. The whisperer [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 15]. (An Inspector Sejer mystery series). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

It takes a steady hand to craft a 336-page mystery that takes place almost exclusively in an interrogation room as a Norwegian detective questions an oddly detached suspect. In Fossum's thirteenth Konrad Sejer mystery (following Hell Fire, 2016), the award-winning author proves up to the challenge posed by the restrictive setting. Ragna Riegel has confessed to a crime. The solitary shop worker relishes the safety of her cell and the chance to tell her story to the sympathetic Sejer. Though the reader does not know what crime has been committed or who from Ragna's small group of acquaintances may have been involved, we do learn that it all started with an anonymous card deposited in Ragna's mailbox that read, "You are going to die." As Ragna, speaking only in a whisper, describes the events leading up to her crime, Sejer reconstructs what she says in such a way as to create another version of what happened—one that Ragna does not recognize. A wonderfully tense psychological crime novel by a master storyteller. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 March #1

Soft-spoken Ragna Riegel is accused of murder, but initially she was the victim: she had been receiving increasingly threatening notes that caused her life to unravel. But Inspector Konrad Sejer soon realizes that this case is not so obvious.

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LJ Reviews 2019 July

In her 13th "Inspector Sejer" book (after Hell Fire), the "Norwegian Queen of Crime" explores the complex territory of the human mind. How does society define mental illness, by what people think or by what they do? When Insp. Konrad Sejer finds himself facing murder suspect Ragna Riegel in the interrogation room, he knows he has to go slowly and use every ounce of his intuition and detective skills to tease out the truth. A horrific crime has been committed. There is a mutilated body. There is Ragna's confession. But Sejer wants more than that. Ragna needs more, deserves more, too. This story about a compassionate police inspector and a shy, introverted woman who can only whisper, never shout, because of a mangled operation will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats. VERDICT Those who like Scandinavian mysteries and the subtle buildup of psychological thrillers will enjoy this book. An essential purchase, even if Fossum's previous works are not in the collection. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]—Susanne Lohkamp, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 June #1

Fossum's engrossing 13th Inspector Sejer mystery (after 2016's Hell Fire) opens quietly, with Sejer interviewing Ragna Riegel, the whisperer of the title, who's in police custody. Flashbacks tell the story of Ragna, whose vocal chords were damaged in an operation, causing her difficulty in speaking. She lives alone in the house she grew up in, works in a discount store, and has little social interaction outside work. She has a son (after a one-night stand), who has grown up and moved to Berlin, but the two have no relationship except for the occasional exchange of greeting cards. Ragna is virtually unseen and unheard—but not unhappy, until she finds an unsigned note in her mailbox that reads, "You are going to die." It's the first of several ominous messages that suggest she has committed a crime. Over the course of several interviews with a sympathetic Sejer, the nature of her crime eventually emerges. Fossum has rendered Ragna's plight with great precision and empathy in this acute psychological study of loneliness and grief. Fans of more nuanced Scandinavian crime fiction will be rewarded. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.