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Black Seconds by Karin Fossum

By Karin Fossum

Ida Joner will get on her brand-new motorbike and units off towards city. A good-natured, chuffed woman, she is calling ahead to her 10th birthday. Thirty-five mins after Ida must have come domestic, her mom starts off to fret. She telephones shop vendors, Ida’s acquaintances, someone who can have noticeable her. yet not anyone has.Suspicion instantly falls on Emil Mork, a neighborhood personality who lives by myself and hasn’t spoken on account that formative years. His mom insists on cleansing his condo weekly—although she’s occasionally fearful of what she may well locate there. A mother’s worst nightmare in both case: to lose a toddler or to imagine a toddler in a position to homicide. As Ida’s family members achieve the brink and the media frenzy surrounding the case starts, Inspector Konrad Sejer is his ordinary calm and reassuring self. yet he’s wondered. And disturbed. this can be the strangest case he’s obvious in years.

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Skarre noted down the name and address of the agency. Joner started talking about his work. It was a welcome distraction from this terrible situation and it seemed to cheer him up. His face took on a boyish expression. He radiated the instant appeal people acquire when they love their work and are given a chance to talk about it. "Helga's on disability," he said. "Because of her migraines. " His face darkened because his daughter was once more foremost in his mind. "Ida is very forward," he said suddenly.

She reversed the Volvo out of the garage and Helga got in. First they went to Laila's Kiosk and spoke briefly to the owner. They had a look around outside. They were searching for clues that Ida had been there, even though Laila Heggen said she had not. Then they went into the center of Glassverket. They wandered round the square scanning the passing faces and bodies, but no sign of Ida. Just to be sure, they went past the school where Ida was a Year Five pupil, but the playground lay deserted.

He could make himself believe that it had never happened, that it was all a bad dream. " Willy said without looking up at him. Tomme thought about it for a while. "It was horrible," he said. "Just walking around searching like that. Loads of people had turned up. They're looking everywhere. " Willy asked. " He looked across to his older friend. Willy was quite skinny, he thought. He had a lean face with a protruding chin, and bony shoulders. His knees were sharp underneath the nylon coverall. Now he was rubbing some dirt off his cheek with his finger, while trying to decipher the text and illustrations in the book about car repairs.

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