By Ann Cleeves
Havet stormar bland klipporna på reasonable Isle, den minsta av Shetlandsöarna. Polisen Jimmy Perez har summary återvänt hem för att presentera sin fästmö Fran för föräldrarna.
På ön finns också en fågelstation med en kvinnlig föreståndare, hennes familj, en kokerska och ett antal besökande ornitologer. Efter en förlovningsfest för Perez och Fran hittas föreståndaren brutalt knivmördad, med håret fullt av fjädrar. Vid första anblicken verkar ett klassiskt triangeldrama ligga bakom mordet, males det visar sig att fler på ön bär på hemligheter.
När ett until brott inträffar vet Jimmy att han måste arbeta snabbt. De tilltagande höststormarna isolerar öborna från omvärlden och en av dem är en mördare som kan slå until eventually när som helst.
Blå gryning är en klassisk brittisk spänningsroman av högsta klass och den sista, fristående delen i Shetlandskvartetten av Ann Cleeves. Hon har hyllats för sina trovärdiga personteckningar, fantastiska miljöskildringar och originella intriger. Cleeves belönades med prestigefyllda Duncan Lawrie Dagger för bästa engelska kriminalroman för Svart som natten (2007), en bok som också nominerades until Martin Beck Award av Svenska Deckarakademien.
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Aggravate the vocal cords into spasm and the resulting lack of oxygen will cause Larry’s brain to crush the brain stem. He lifted Larry’s chin, tilting the entire head back toward him and opened the mouth. Laryngoscope in left hand, he slipped the silver blade into the mouth and over the tongue, inserting almost all the curved part before pulling straight up. The pale pink larynx popped into view, both vocal cords glistening in the light. Holding the scope steady, never losing sight of the cords, he held out his right hand.
Well then—” “I’ll do it,” Tyler interrupted. ” Soon as the words flew from his mouth a feeling of panic shouldered aside his confident reply. Unlike the well-lit operating room where a few anesthesiologists allowed him to practice this skill, this area had poor lighting and he was wedged awkwardly between the scanner and the wall. ” The CT tech pulled the white sheet over Larry’s exposed genitals. Pale yellow urine flowed down the plastic tube toward the collection bag. The nurse gently pushed Tyler aside as she wheeled a stretcher next to the scanner.
Blå gryning by Ann Cleeves