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Burned: A Novel (The Henning Juul Series)

By Thomas Enger

Uncovering classification divisions, racial conflicts, and tangled feelings, this gritty, surprising

novel of suspense heralds the arriving of an enormous new talent.

Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo, Norway. A awful hearth killed his six-year-old son, reduce scars throughout his face, and ended his marriage, and on his first day again on the task after the bad tragedy a physique is found in a single of the city’s public parks. a gorgeous girl university scholar has been stoned to demise and buried as much as her neck, her physique left bloody and uncovered. The brutality of the crime shakes the complete nation, yet regardless of his personal contemporary trauma – and the truth that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend can be at the case - Henning is given the project. whilst the victim’s boyfriend, a Pakistani local, is arrested, Henning feels definite the fellow is blameless. This was once no longer easily a center Eastern-style honor killing within the face of adultery – it was once a much more complex gesture, and one who will drag Henning right into a darkness he’s by no means dreamed of.

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Henning’s eyes are interested in them, simply because they're him. they usually keep on him, even if the lighting have now replaced to eco-friendly. The tram in the back of the minicab beeps its horn and the Mercedes slowly speeds up. Henning’s eyes stick to the minicab because it turns correct into Nordregate and disappears in the back of the library. after all, it may be not anything, he thinks. however it may be the complete opposite. He swallows the remainder of his espresso, tosses the paper cup into an already overflowing bin and heads for the junction. He seems to be for the Mercedes, which has became left into Toftesgate, yet fails to get the car’s registration quantity or its licence quantity at the roof. Henning attempts to push aside the incident, yet it’s hard. He merely had time to determine that the 2 males within the vehicle appeared related. either darkish, with black hair, darkish beards. Brothers very likely? they usually have been immigrants. accident? possibly he may still get a stream on, ahead of the silver Mercedes returns? He goals for the steep incline among Markvei and Fredensborgvei, the place the sleepy present of the River Aker flows lower than the bridge, yet makes a decision on a whim to visit the off-licence. For as soon as, it has not anything to do along with his mom. He stands on the window within the off-licence, hiding at the back of the shoppers and flicking via a leaflet whereas he exams the line. Many Mercedes, a lot of them silver, yet none containing darkish males. a superb whereas later, he is going again outdoor, glances to the left and the proper, prior to marching in a timely fashion towards Westerdal tuition of conversation. His respiring is quicker than basic. And he retains having a look over his shoulder. whilst he ultimately places the site visitors at the back of him and is again on collage premises, his respiring begins to sit back. He makes a decision that if the minicab duo was once maintaining him lower than surveillance, they have been beautiful dead at it, provided that he controlled to lose them so simply. both that or they have been doing an excellent task, on account that he couldn’t see them any further. they may simply have bogged down to stare at his face. He makes a decision to fail to remember all approximately it. it truly is approximately ten o’clock. Time for a talk with Henriette Hagerup’s manager. bankruptcy 36 the realm round the collage has replaced within the final days. The cameras have long gone and with them the faux mourners. Hagerup’s shrine continues to be there, yet no tea lighting fixtures are burning. He notices extra playing cards, a number of bouquets of plants and roses that are already wilting, yet no sobbing scholars in entrance of her photograph. The few those who find themselves outdoor chat without hint of unhappiness of their eyes. scholars, one male, one woman, are smoking on the university front. maybe it’s the tip of time period, Henning thinks, might be they're taking their final checks? Or they may have already got damaged up? this may make the tale significantly tougher to enquire or, certainly, resolve. He turns into conscious that the people who smoke are gazing him as he enters the most construction. once he will get inside of, he sees a reception region to his left with a semi-circular counter with humans at the back of it.

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