By Gunnar Staalesen
Whilst detective Varg Veum takes a mobile name in his workplace, his brain is unexpectedly beat back 25 years, to his days as a baby defense officer and the case of a small boy who was once separated from his mom below tragic conditions. This related boy has surfaced in different different cases-in reference to a unexpected loss of life 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 security officer, detective Veum.
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I’m sorry I’m a bit late. ’ ‘We’re still in Fjellveien. ’ She pointed to a bench. ‘Perhaps we could sit down? ’ She looked at me, waiting, but I didn’t follow it up. ’ She paused as we sat down. ’ That gave me a jolt. ’ That made her blush, but that was not why I’d said it. It had been like that. Johnny boy. At six, at seventeen and now …? ’ She gave a faint sigh. ‘He’s done a runner. In Oslo. ’ ‘Oh Christ. Again? ’ ‘Yes, Varg. Again. ’ ‘What! ’ I sat in silence. Slowly my eyes wandered down to Byfjord and back a quarter of a century.
You were so perilously low over the tarmac that any head-on collision would put you well in the running for the flat-as-a-pancake award. On the other hand, you could almost always tuck yourself into a parking gap however tight it looked and petrol consumption was not a lot more than for a medium-sized cigarette lighter. The crime scene was in Wergelandsåsen, a hillside dotted with large detached houses lying like a buffer zone between Landås and Minde, Landås with its fifties and sixties blocks of flats, Minde with its sedate twenties residences.
Yes, of course …’ I bent forward and kissed her. ’ In October I heard that Johnny boy had been placed in a foster home. He had suffered terrible emotional damage, I was told, and it was difficult to communicate with him. According to the reports, the mother was not too good, either, and Terje Hammersten was up in court on a GBH charge. He was found guilty: six months’ unconditional imprisonment. Life on the outside went on as before. I didn’t expect to see any of them again. Which just goes to show how wrong you can be.
The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen