Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop of the Little Drummer By Kjell Ola Dahl 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 show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Orenda Books
Release date: 26 05 2022
Price*: Kindle £4.27 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.79 (GBP)
Kindle $6.15 (USD)/ Paperback $15.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 276
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Description of the book: When a woman is found dead in her car in a Norwegian parking garage, everyone suspects an overdose … until a forensics report indicates that she was murdered. Oslo Detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda discover that the victim’s Kenyan scientist boyfriend has disappeared, and their investigations soon lead them into the shady world of international pharmaceutical deals.
While Gunnarstranda closes in on the killers in Norway, Frølich and Lise, his new journalist ally, travel to Africa, where they make a series of shocking discoveries about exploitation and corruption in the distribution of foreign aid and essential HIV medications.
When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, all three investigators face incalculable danger, spanning two continents. And not everyone will make it out alive…
Extract from the book:
At that moment she thought about the woman in the adjacent car and bent down to look through her car windows into the next vehicle. The woman was still sitting there, her head resting at an unnatural angle.
Her nose and half-open mouth were pressed against the glass, but there was not a drop of condensation. The woman in the car wasn’t breathing.
Lise Fagernes – a full-time employee at Verdens Gang who now had six and a half minutes to make her appointment with the middle-aged social commentator whose career was in such steep decline that he had written a book – felt with every pore of her being what her consciousness would not accept: this person was not alive.
For a second Lise was rooted to the spot. The feeling of panic that she always kept under control finally had the upper hand. It started with this paralysis, which gradually wore off under the pressure of her surroundings: the echo of the underground car park, the vibration of a stray grain of sand knocking against the wall of the ventilation shaft, the hum of the neon tube flashing incessantly above the blue metal door covered in graffiti tags. Lise was alone with a dead body, forced to inhale the nauseous smell of concrete and stale exhaust fumes. As her gaze shifted wildly from car to car, she felt a frosty finger bore between her shoulder blades and into her body, an icy chill that spread down her arms and spine, where the feeling changed and became warm, making a cold sweat break out on her skin. She gasped and instinctively took two to three clumsy steps to the side then, as if in a dream, set off at a run between the rows of cars, terrified, not daring to turn to examine the cause of the terror that was propelling her legs. She passed bumper after bumper, the click-clack of her shoes echoing in her ears, and she cursed her high heels and the ridiculous outfit she was wearing for the interview that would never take place, while her breathing lacerated her lungs, as if with a sharp knife. There wasn’t a soul around, until she turned the bend and saw a young mother unloading a pram from the boot of a Volvo. The sight of this woman, the sight of such harmony, poise and self assurance, allowed Lise Fagernes to regain her composure. She pulled up at once and stood gasping for breath. Now she knew what she had to do. She took the mobile from her bag and tapped in a number.
She called Verdens Gang. Lise Fagernes was a journalist. What she needed now was a photographer.
About the author: One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published thirteen novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.
Website: kjelloladahl.no / Twitter: @ko_dahl
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