Hello, Book Dragons! How are you all? Did you have pancakes yesterday? What is you favourite topping? Mine would be flavoured Greek yogurt and anything with chocolate. 🙂 Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Smoke Screen By Jørn Lier Horst And Thomas Enger and I would like to share an extract from the book, with all of you. Thank you very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Orenda Books
Release date: 18 02 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $0.99 (USD)/ Paperback $7.49 (USD)
Pages: ~ 276
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Description of the book: Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…
Terrorism, Blix thought. Christ.
A shout close behind him made him spin round. Two well-dressed men were pointing into the dark water. There was a body floating face down, arms outstretched.
Blix tore his earpiece out, pulled his jacket off and detached his duty belt. He took a step to the edge of the quay and dived in. He hadn’t stopped to think about how cold it would be, but when he broke the surface he felt like he’d leapt into a pool of ice. The muscles of his face froze. It felt like a hard, cold clamp was tightening around his head. The water penetrated through his shirt, seeped into his trousers, filled his boots. His chest clenched. He had never tried this hard to move his limbs before, but they refused to obey him.
His buoyancy sent him back up to the surface. He struggled to catch his breath, and had to stop and wait for his muscles to relax.
He could hear someone shouting at him from up on the square.
‘Ten metres, to your left.’ It was Kovic’s voice. ‘Be careful!’ she added.
Blix drew in a breath and tried to command his body to swim, but his clothes were weighing him down, sticking to his skin. The intensity of the cold water was making his movements slow and ineffective. It felt as if he were barely moving, and his heavy boots were dragging him down.
‘Just five more metres! Further left.’
Blix propelled himself forwards with a few wide strokes, stretching out his hand on the final one. He made a grasping motion, as much of a grab as he could command his fingers to make. Clothes, a frozen, lifeless hand. Blix clutched the body just as it began to dip below the surface. He tried to roll the person over but only managed to turn them halfway before they slipped out of his grip. The effort sent him below the water again. He swallowed a mouthful, spluttered, coughed and spat. He had no choice but to wait until his body had stopped protesting, so that he could concentrate on turning the lifeless person onto their back.
It was a woman.
Her face was partially concealed by her long, dark hair, which was pasted across her severely burned skin. Blix took hold of her under her armpit and swam backwards towards the square.
‘Over here!’ he heard Kovic yell.
He turned his head and saw his colleague standing with one foot down on the jetty, ready to pull them up. His body stiffened with each kick. He spat and gasped as he struggled to keep the woman’s head above water.
Behind him, Kovic took another step down into the water. His body was about to give out. He managed to grab one of the steps and draw himself and the woman up onto the ladder. His right foot found one of the steps. With one last push he hoisted the limp body out of the water so that Kovic could grab her jacket collar. More people were rushing over to help. Blix was finally able to let go of the woman, and he clung to the jetty, gasping for air.
‘Do you need a hand?’ he heard Kovic shout down to him.
Blix coughed a few more times before shaking his head and attempting to heave himself up and out of the water. But his legs would not obey him. His arms were frozen stiff. Kovic reached down anyway and grabbed his forearm with both hands. Someone else came over to help. Together, they managed to haul him up.
The paramedics up on the square were already seeing to the lifeless woman. Blix leaned forwards and rested his hands on his knees, letting the water drain off him. He was not trained for this. Not in the slightest. He usually sat behind a desk. He investigated crime scenes, questioned witnesses. It had been nearly twenty years since he had last been on active duty. He had only volunteered to work on New Year’s Eve so that his younger colleagues with children could celebrate with their families at home.
He expelled the water from his nose, straightened up slightly and noticed that he was bleeding from a cut on one of his hands.
The explosions of the New Year fireworks merged with the sound of sirens. Kovic appeared with a woollen blanket and wrapped it around him. A woman was standing beside her. Blix hadn’t noticed her at first, but, recognising who it was, he attempted to smile.
‘Hi, Emma,’ he said.
About the authors: Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger ’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved was Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger ’s first co-written thriller. They are currently working on the third book in the Blix & Ramm series.
Jørn Lier Horst – Instagram: @lierhorst / Twitter: @LierHorst
Thomas Enger – Instagram: @thomas_enger_books / Twitter: @EngerThomas / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Enger-251904641532991/ / Website: http://www.thomasenger.com/
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