One of the standouts of the Nordic thriller boom. New York' The queen of Norwegian crime fiction . . . Prolific and brilliant. Men s Journal' A truly great writer and explorer of the human mind. Jo Nesbo A new addition to the captivating Inspector Sejer series, the first since 'The Caller, 'from Norway s finest crime writer Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyardpond. When Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, Carmen reports that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Down syndrome, wandered into the garden while Nicolai was working in the basement and she was cleaning the house. Skarre senses something is off with Carmen s story and consults his trusted colleague, the famed Inspector Sejer. An autopsy reveals Tommy s lungs to be full of soap. When Sejer and Skarre revisit the couple, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, confessing that she d been knocked unconscious by aseizurewhile bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond. But Skarre and Sejer s doubtis not appeasedand the case is reopened. What more could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will shetake to cover her guilt? As Carmen s own family starts to doubt her, Skarre and Sejer work to find the truth. '