*** stars Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.
Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that the surviving pair has something to hide. Weeks pass without further clues, and then in a nearby lake the body of a teenage boy floats to the surface. **** I really enjoy Ms. Fossum's mysteries set in Norway. She writes well and creates interesting characters and good mysteries. This is the 9th book in the Inspector Sejer series and is more of a psychological study of guilt than a who done it. I have one small objection to the book which involves animal cruelty. I thought it was not unexpected, but I think it is unnecessary. With that small caveat, I recommend the book. If you would like to follow this Norwegian series, the first book is "In the Darkness" which was finally translated into English in 2012. The first book that I read was "Don't Look Back" which was translated in 2002. One of the middle books is being published in the US this year, so reading this series in order is not the easiest task. Found a good list of the books and order of writing + year of translation in Wikipedia under the author's name.