Cold Comfort (A Sergeant Gunnhildur Novel)

By Quentin Bates

Officer Gunnhildur, lately promoted from her publish in rural Iceland to Reykjavík’s critical Crime Unit, is tasked with removing 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 condo. As Gunna delves into the instances, she reveals a few unwelcome secrets and techniques and influential pals shared by means of either guru and convict. Set in an Iceland stricken by an ongoing monetary predicament, Gunna has to take inventory of the whirlwind adjustments that experience swept in the course of the country—and the truth that on the maximum degrees of strength, the system’s endemic corruption nonetheless leads, necessarily, to homicide.

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Being answerable for a brand new research unit used to be a metamorphosis that will take a few being used to after the years working the police station in rural Hvalvík, the place weeks may move with not anything extra severe than a stolen bicycle. The provide of promoting and the shift to the Reykjavík urban strength had come as a shock, and dealing as a part of a bigger set-up used to be already taking a few being used to. even though she had lived there long ago and knew the town in detail, Gunna felt vaguely uncomfortable in Reykjavík. a lot had replaced throughout the years she had taken it effortless in her coastal backwater. The city’s velocity of lifestyles had speeded up gradually for years till the challenge that observed the banks nationalized and the rustic plunged right into a recession stopped development lifeless in its tracks. She had moved into the intense Crime Unit’s new place of work because the protests outdoors Parliament have been changing into gradually angrier, looking at her uniformed colleagues disconcerted on the public fury they have been at the receiving finish of at demonstrations each weekend, whereas a lot of them felt a mystery sympathy with the protesters and their impotent rage. Gunna had flatly refused to maneuver residence from Hvalvík, and the forty-minute force used to be proving a problem within the mornings, however the trip domestic had turn into an oasis of helpful considering time. “Gunna? ” Helgi requested back. “Æi, sorry. considering not easy for a second. in case you try to work out what the lady’s hobbies have been over the past couple of days, I’ll take on the following of relatives. ” “Fine by way of me. I’m nonetheless searching for lengthy Ommi as a concern in addition, you recognize? ” “Fair sufficient. Eiríkur will be the following in part an hour and you’d higher fill him in on all this so he can acquire every thing that is available in from the knocking on doorways. I’m definite the lad could have a few form of concept he learn in a e-book that’ll boil right down to traditional logic. Pathology will let us know what they could, yet I reckon we’ve obvious it already. Blunt device to the pinnacle, unmarried blow aimed to kill. ” “Any principles? ” Helgi requested confidently. “I was once approximately to invite you that,” Gunna sighed. “On the skin, it appears simple adequate. while someone’s killed like this, it’s both a junkie who doesn’t understand what he’s doing, or it’s cash or anger. Svana Geirs should have pissed an individual off, otherwise she’d ripped anyone off. ” “Jealousy? ” “Certainly plausible. You’d greater discover who she used to be shagging, if so. I can’t think she lived like a nun. It’d be convenient to understand what she did for a dwelling. I doubt by some means flat like this comes reasonable. ” “I’ll see what i will be able to dig out by way of the morning. Be in early, will you? ” Helgi requested. “Nope. Bjössi in Keflavík requested me to prevent by way of the medical institution there and glance in on a person within the morning, a chum of your buddy lengthy Ommi, because it occurs. ” “All correct. supply him my regards, will you? Bjössi, that's, no one who could be a chum of lengthy Ommi’s. ” Friday twelfth A community OF strains fanned out from the corners of the nurse’s eyes. operating too demanding, Gunna concept. “This approach, please,” the nurse acknowledged quietly, her gaze flickering backward and forward.

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