Fear Not by Anne Holt

By Anne Holt

The silent, snow-covered streets of Oslo are an ideal scene of Christmas tranquillity. yet over the tolling of bells for the final Sunday of creation, a black notice sounds. A boy's physique washes up close to the coastline of the city's Aker Bridge. His corpse is bloated via the water, nearly unrecognisable. not anyone has even troubled to document him lacking. One week later, the bishop of Bergen is located stabbed to dying on a abandoned highway. Eva Karin Lysgaard is a well-liked public determine, a sixty-two year-old grandmother: why was once she on a lone errand within the abandoned urban, at the evening ahead of Christmas? Johanne Vik, felony researcher and police profiler, is named in to untangle the inducement at the back of the bishop�s homicide. yet together with her husband on the head of this more and more high-profile research, Vik�s organization with the case is less than severe scrutiny. And why does Lysgaard�s stunning dying lead her in the direction of the sorrowful loss of life of an unknown boy?

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He ended the call. ‘Six,’ Johanne groaned. ’ She took a swig of her wine and sat down on the sofa. ‘We’ve had a really lovely evening,’ said Adam, flopping down beside her. ‘Your father was both pleasant and enervating, as usual. Your mother … your mother …’ ‘Was vile to me, kind to Ragnhild, good with Kristiane and patronizing to you. And utterly charming to Isak when he finally turned up. As usual. ’ Johanne nodded at the mobile on the coffee table. ‘Oh. ’ ‘When they ring you on Christmas Eve, I assume it’s going to be difficult.

The boy wobbled towards the ambulance. When he had almost reached the edge of the quay, he stopped for a moment. The salty gusts of wind blowing in from the fjord suddenly made him realize how close he had been to death. He was on the point of bursting into tears. Embarrassed, he pulled the blanket over his eyes. He had to take a little sidestep, and tripped over the edge of the blanket. In order to keep his balance, he grabbed hold of the nearest thing. It was the tarpaulin covering the body on the stretcher.

It’s called a kirtle! And it was your idea! This ghastly hairstyle and this hotel and bringing Kristiane with us. ’ She was overcome by tears, and slowly let go of her daughter. The man with the strong arms gently took the child, and together they walked up the stairs. Neither of them said anything. ’ * ‘She’s asleep, Johanne. The doctor said she was fine. There’s no point in going home now. It’s …’ The man glanced over at the silent TV screen, where the hotel was still welcoming Mr & Mrs Stubo.

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