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When the Devil Holds the Candle

(2004)
(The fourth book in the Inspector Sejer series)
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Pulling a handbag from a pushchair handle, two teenage trouble-makers, Zipp and Andreas, unwittingly commit murder when the baby inside is thrown to the ground. Unaware of what has happened, the pair move on to their next target. Having followed home Irma, an elderly lady who lives nearby, Andreas enters her house armed, with his trusty flick-knife. Zipp waits nervously outside, but his friend never reappears. He will never see him alive again. Fossum toys with the roles of victim and killer and pens the inner monologue of her characters to chilling effect. There are no red herrings in this narrative as the crime is played out on the page, but it is the mental processes behind the murderer's sinister act that are the real pieces of this puzzle. Gradually, they fall into place as Irma and Andreas talk to each other. We are forced to question the familiar stereotypes: people are not always what they seem and it is not always bad people who do bad things. While the reader knows the truth of this crime, the police remain flummoxed. There is no reason for Sejer and his colleague Skarre to see a connection between the infant's death and the reported disappearance of a town trouble-maker.

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Used availability for Karin Fossum's When the Devil Holds the Candle

Hardback Editions

June 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer Mysteries, Book 4)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 0-15-101188-5 / 978-0-15-101188-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 0-09-956548-X / 978-0-09-956548-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer Mysteries)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 0-15-603212-0 / 978-0-15-603212-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: When The Devil Holds The Candle (Inspector Sejer)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 0-09-946112-9 / 978-0-09-946112-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: When The Devil Holds The Candle
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 1-84343-091-6 / 978-1-84343-091-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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Audio Editions

June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle
Author(s): Karin Fossum
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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June 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle
Author(s): Karin Fossum
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle
Author(s): Karin Fossum
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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July 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Sound Library)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
ISBN: 0-7927-4061-0 / 978-0-7927-4061-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer Book 4)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer Mysteries Book 4)
Author(s): Karin Fossum
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon