By Quentin Bates
Officer Gunnhildur, lately promoted from her put up in rural Iceland to Reykjavík’s critical Crime Unit, is tasked with weeding out escaped convict lengthy Ommi, who has launched into a spree of violent score-settling in and round the urban. in the meantime, she’s additionally investigating the homicide of a health guru in her personal city-center condominium. As Gunna delves into the situations, she reveals a few unwelcome secrets and techniques and influential pals shared by way of either guru and convict. Set in an Iceland laid low with an ongoing monetary hindrance, Gunna has to take inventory of the whirlwind alterations that experience swept throughout the country—and the truth that on the maximum degrees of strength, the system’s endemic corruption nonetheless leads, unavoidably, to homicide.
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Will do. wakeful? ” “Semi-conscious,” Gunna responded. “They’re on their approach. are you able to discover what he’s taken? I’ve opened the channel so the ambulance crew can name you direct. okay? ” “Thanks. Out. ” Fanney regarded horror-struck within the doorway on the ruin of her son within the mattress. Gunna glanced at her questioningly. “Fanney, may you inform Erla to come back up right here? right away? ” Fanney disappeared, and moments later the clumping of Erla’s heavy footfalls might be heard at the wood staircase. “Is he very well? ” she requested fearfully. “He should be. Now, Erla, come over here,” Gunna suggested, putting Óskar’s hand rigorously throughout his chest and patting the mattress beside her. “I wish you to sit down the following. ” She stood up and recommended Erla into place. “Right, all i would like you to do is carry his hand and consult him. I don’t care what you assert, simply retain speaking. inform him what the weather’s like or whatever. simply so he hears your voice. okay? ” Erla nodded and instantly embarked on a patter approximately how a lot rain there were, whereas Gunna subsidized down the steps. Fanney used to be status on the backside, worry in her face. “Is my boy going to be o.k.? ” “He’s going to be high-quality. yet he shouldn't ever have left sanatorium, and he’s going again there. the place are the children, Fanney? ” “They’re at Jóna’s condo. ” “Jóna? ” “My daughter. the person who lives round the corner to the outdated bakery. ” “That’s high quality, then. Can they remain there for it slow? ” Fanney nodded. “Good. correct, I’m going again upstairs to ensure Erla’s okay. What i need you to do is remain right here by way of front door, stay up for the ambulance to show up after which exhibit them the place to head. okay? ” The outdated girl nodded her contract a moment time, and Gunna climbed the steps back to the place Erla used to be damn via a formative years tale whereas Óskar’s eyes rolled in his head. She held his hand with an unfaltering iron grip. “Skari, my candy. It’s much more straightforward that approach. then you definately don’t need to do it two times like we used to,” Erla rambled. “But for those who can get the outdated motor vehicle fastened, then it might be a lot more straightforward to get to the malls. ” Gunna took within the tiny bed room with its large mattress, the television in a single nook with DVD instances stacked on best of it, the garments spilling out of a rickety dresser and the pile of unwashed outfits heaped by means of the door. She fast swept a set of capsule bottles right into a bag and hunted round for extra. It was once a reduction while she heard the wail of the ambulance. JÓN JÓHANNSSON STRODE throughout the nightfall and the drizzle. He had idea tough approximately easy methods to do that, and knew that brief and candy will be most sensible. His toes crunched at the gravel of the backyard course and he observed with leisure the blackened door of the storage and the shrewdpermanent four x four parked in entrance of it. He stood on the door and rang the bell, listening to it chime sonorously deep contained in the condominium and taking a step again. The door opened and light-weight flooded out. A barefoot Bjartmar Arnarson, wearing a white blouse and swimsuit trousers, glared again at him. “Yes? ” “You don’t comprehend me …” Jón started. “So I don’t comprehend you. What do you need?