The Consorts of Death (Eurocrime series) by Gunnar Staalesen

By Gunnar Staalesen

Whilst detective Varg Veum takes a phone name in his place of work, his brain is by surprise push back 25 years, to his days as a toddler security officer and the case of a small boy separated from his mom less than tragic situations. This similar boy has surfaced in different different instances, in reference to a surprising demise in his new foster domestic and, a decade later, in a dramatic double homicide in Sunnfjord. Now that boy is an grownup at the run in Oslo, made up our minds to take revenge on these accountable for destroying his life-among them his former baby defense officer, detective Veum.

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She’s still at the hospital and … I suppose it’ll all come out at some point. ’ Briefly I told her what I could remember of the flat on the Rothaugen estate that July day three and a half years ago. ‘What’s the background of the foster parents? ’ ‘No. We haven’t been told anything as yet. They’re called Skarnes. Svein and Vibecke. That’s all I’ve been told. ’ ‘No one else? ’ ‘OK, so let’s get cracking. I’ll see if I can get him to loosen up. But I don’t want to push him too much. If you and Cecilie wouldn’t mind waiting out there, then …’ We walked into the waiting room together.

He looked from me back to the policemen. ’ Boe gazed at him from under weary eyelids. ‘We’ve been assigned to surveillance duties outside the house. In case she turns up. ’ I winked at Ellingsen. ‘Yes, if Elling’s here then …’ His face instantly went scarlet. ‘Veum! ’ ‘You have indeed. But has that scared me off? ’ I looked at the other two. ‘Now I have witnesses anyway. ’ ‘Alright, alright,’ Boe said, with impatience. ’ ‘Fine,’ I said, looking at the dark garden around the house. ‘I’m going to the hospital,’ Langeland said.

She had immediate eye contact with Jan, who, after the statement he made while being lifted into the car, had been as silent as a trapeze artist. ‘Hello,’ she said, smiling at him, then laying a friendly hand on his shoulder. ’ He looked at her without saying a word, without any visible reaction. She turned to Cecilie and me. ’ ‘Yes,’ I said. ’ ‘I’ll look after Jan in the meantime,’ Cecilie said. ’ She sat down with him on one of the upholstered benches in the waiting room and took a weekly from the shelf under the coffee table.

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