The Return by Håkan Nesser (Hakan Nesser), Laurie Thompson (translator)

By Håkan Nesser (Hakan Nesser), Laurie Thompson (translator)

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Take care! When he was lying on the table, drugged and carved up, he should avoid getting carried away and doing something silly. He must remember that. He was aware that the only one who hadn’t been in touch was Erich, but of course it was possible that he’d tried earlier in the afternoon. The match with Münster and the visit to Adenaar’s had taken a lot of time, and he’d been at home for only a couple of hours or so. No doubt there were restric- 57 tions even on such things as telephone calls when you were in prison.

Cause of death will be just as hard to pin down, I fear. The only thing that’s obvious, of course, is that he died some considerable time earlier. . Before he was dumped in the ditch, that is. At least twelve hours, no doubt about that. Maybe as much as twentyfour hours. There is no blood on the carpet, and not much in the body either, come to that. The decapitation and mutilation took place at an earlier stage. ” Münster asked. “In an amateurish way,” said Meusse. “An axe, presumably. ” He emptied his glass.

We had orders to that effect. Seems fair enough. ” Le Houde gave a laugh. Took out a handkerchief and wiped his brow. “Quite a lot,” he said, pointing at a collection of black plastic sacks in the patrol wagon with the back doors open. “Six of those. We’ve collected everything that didn’t ought to be in a forest . . from an area equal to about twenty soccer fields. ” “Hmm,” said Van Veeteren. “We’ll be sending a bill to Behren’s Public Cleansing Department. ” “Do that,” said Van Veeteren. ” 37 “Good luck,” said le Houde, closing the doors.

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