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By Quentin Bates

It's a sour iciness morning whilst Sergeant Gunnhildur is termed to the scene of a violent killing in an deserted commercial unit. Gunna and her sidekick Helgi speedy locate that the battered sufferer had no scarcity of enemies.

The case takes Gunna round Reykjavík's darker part and Helgi to the grim rural district he grew up in as they determine who was once ready to take a grudge so far as murder.

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Gunna requested. ‘You very well? the place are you, besides? ’ ‘Yeah. nonetheless right here. I’m within the petrol station in Blönduós. No, I’m unsure Reynir’s buddy would need to visit court docket, by some means. ’ ‘Ah. Like that, is it? good, I’ll go away you to it. Stuff to be facing right here. ’ Helgi smiled thinly as Anna Björg sat subsequent to him the place Mæja have been sitting, stretching out within the uncomfortable seat and grinning at him. ‘Where are you taking this? ’ Helgi requested. ‘Any leads? ’ ‘To be sincere, I’m simply hoping you going up there wasn’t a wild-goose chase, as Laxdal will bounce on me to your expenditures another way. yet we've whatever to head on. I’m emailing you a number of photos of the Land Cruiser that position it correct the place we'd like it on Sunday afternoon. You’d top get to the station in Blönduós and take a look at them sooner than you cross a lot additional, very well? How for much longer do you reckon you’ll be up there? ’ ‘Depends what those photographs express, I reckon,’ Helgi acknowledged, warding off Anna Björg’s eyes. ‘Good, that fits me. Tinna Sigvalds acknowledged there has been whatever approximately it that rang a bell and she’s having a look into urban centre pictures, so if she comes up with something I’ll tell you. How’s Anna Björg? visible her but? ’ ‘You understand her? ’ Helgi requested, startled. ‘Of path i do know Anna Björg. We have been in school jointly. supply her my regards, could you? ’ ‘Will do, leader. Will do,’ he stated, and ended the decision. He sat again and reached for his paper cup, shaking his head. ‘Good morning,’ Anna Björg acknowledged. ‘Up early this day? Sleep good, did you? ’ He resisted an urge to put his hand on hers, and felt his face redden. ‘Like a log,’ he admitted. ‘Look, Anna Björg, approximately the day gone by. i love you many, yet . . . ’ ‘I know,’ she stated soothingly. ‘You’re a married guy and also you are looking to cross domestic in your spouse with no feeling too in charge. Is that it? ’ ‘Yeah. i guess so. ’ She placed out a hand and patted his reassuringly. ‘Don’t fear, Helgi. I’ve heard all of it earlier than and I’ve been 5 mins’ weak point on a married man’s half a couple of times sooner than, so don’t fear approximately it. I’ll simply be a delightful reminiscence you won’t point out to somebody, won’t I? ’ He may well see the fear in her eyes. ‘Of direction. I’m now not somebody who must brag,’ he stated, damage that she notion he could boast approximately his evening together with her. ‘I simply desire you loved it,’ he stated softly. ‘Because I definitely did. ’ ‘Hafdís? ’ Gunna requested. The tall lady sitting within the interview room regarded her up and down. ‘That’s me. you're? ’ ‘Gunnhildur Gísladóttir. I’m investigating your husband’s demise. ’ She close the door and took a seat whereas Hafdís appeared someplace among bored and aggravated. ‘I’ve been right here for nearly an hour,’ she acknowledged. ‘Just so you’re conscious. ’ Gunna desired to snap again that she were on her ft given that earlier than six that morning, yet bit again the answer she knew might do no reliable. ‘I take pleasure in your coming in. i think you spoke to my colleague Helgi the previous day? regrettably he’s been known as away so issues aren’t as delicate as they need to be. anyways, apologies for making you wait. the place do you reside now?

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