THE ALIBI: A BOOKED EZINE

Issue 13, December 9, 2005
ISSN: 1715-9105

Watch BOOKED Investigates Karin Fossum's
He Who Fears the Wolf (all times EST):

  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 11PM on ACCESS Television
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12:30PM and 8:30PM, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4AM on BookTelevision
  • Friday, Dec. 16, 9PM, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 1AM, on CLT
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7AM, 6PM, and 11PM on CourtTV Canada
BOOKED ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Alibi is going on hiatus until January. Watch for us in your inbox in the new year. Happy Holidays!
CASE BOOK: CATHY OAKDEN, HOMICIDE DETECTIVE

Cathy Oakden is a homicide detective with Edmonton's Police Service.

“The best and the worst parts of this job are dealing with the families. The worst part is the next of kin notification. It's emotionally draining and sad. The best part is telling the families that you've put the bad guy in jail. I keep the family in the loop of how the investigation's going, so a lot of what I do is driven by the families of the people that are our victims. They drive us to keep on working and keep on trying to find that one last clue that'll turn the case around.”

There are 12 detectives on Edmonton's homicide team, with 4 on call at any given time. "We work as a team in homicide," explains Oakden, "there are 12 homicide detectives, and we rotate through the different positions on the homicide team. The main position is the lead investigator who's in charge of the flow and direction of the file, assigning tasks, and is the detective everyone reports to. Then there are the people who go to the scene and conduct interviews and work with the identification team. Then there's next of kin notification, and liaison with the medical examiner's office.”

Detective Oakden is quick to point out that the homicide team doesn't work alone, but instead calls on a wide variety of experts to help them in their investigations. “DNA analysts and blood spatter experts are just some of the people that we'll use as a resource. We don't do this alone. Everything is very much a team effort.”

EXPERT PHOTO: CATHY OAKDEN

“My next-door neighbour was a police officer, which I thought was a really cool job. He invited me to go on a ride-along with him, and I just loved it. Every part of the job, everything he talked about, I thought 'This is exactly what I want to do.'

-Homicide Detective Cathy Oakden

BOOKED TELEVISION: DECEMBER 10-21
BOOKED TELEVISION THIS WEEK: KARIN FOSSUM'S HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF

He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum ISBN: 0099455226

BOOKED experts discuss the role of mental illness in crime as they look inside the minds of Fossum’s unusual characters and deconstruct Inspector Sejer’s murder investigation. These are a few of the things our experts had to say about the novel:"I love the psychology", "5 daggers out of 5 - I want to read everything she's written", and "beautifully drawn characters".

In this episode, our host Fred Yackman is joined by:

BOOKED EXPERT ID CARDS
WRITER RAP SHEET: KARIN FOSSUM
AUTHOR PHOTO: KARIN FOSSUM

"Norway's Queen of Crime", Karin Fossum, lives in Oslo. She had her literary debut in 1974 at the age of 20 when her first poetry collection was published. She has since created an impressive body of work, marked by the runaway success of her Inspector Sejer series. Four of the series are currently available in English, He Who Fears the Wolf, Calling Out for You, When the Devil Holds the Candle, and Don't Look Back.

Karin Fossum revealed that she has a particular sympathy for 'outsiders' because of her experience working at psychiatric institutions in a Bookbrowse interview. Her De Galnas Hus, set in the 1970s, takes place in a psychiatric clinic, and in Norway is often compared to Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

 
LAST WORDS

Clearly, “the weed of crime bears bitter fruit”. The Alibi will be going on hiatus over the holidays, and will be back in your inbox in January with new forensic experts, new crime fiction authors, and more contests! We will also update you on when you can catch episodes of BOOKED Television.

Is there an expert or author that you'd like to see covered in The Alibi? Send your story suggestions to ezine@booked.tv. If you'd like to submit an article of your own, please feel free, but be sure to check the terms and conditions before you do so.

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The views expressed in this ezine are those of the individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Reel Girls Media Inc.

For those of you that missed them the first time, BOOKED Television episodes will be airing again. If you'd like to read the novels ahead of time, here is the complete list:

Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
The Torment of Others - Val McDermid
Strange Affair - Peter Robinson
Out - Natsuo Kirino
Dark Places - Jon Evans
The Closers - Michael Connelly
Blackfly Season - Giles Blunt
Blood Memory - Greg Iles
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Memory Book - Howard Engel
Shock Wave - James O. Born
Cross Bones - Kathy Reichs
He Who Fears the Wolf - Karin Fossum

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