Only One Life: A Novel
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Jealousy, obsession, and family honor have fatal consequences for an immigrant community on the fringes of seemingly idyllic Copenhagen society
It was clearly no ordinary drowning. Inspector Louise Rick is immediately called out to Holbaek Fjord when a young immigrant girl is found in the watery depths, a piece of concrete tied around her waist and two mysterious circular patches on the back of her neck.Her name was Samra, and Louise soon learns that her short life was a sad story. Her father had already been charged once with assaulting her and her mother, Sada, who makes it clear that her husband would indeed be capable of killing Samra if she brought dishonor to the family. But she maintains that Samra hadn’t done anything dishonorable. Then why was she supposed to be sent back to Jordan? Samra’s best friend Dicta thinks it was an honor killing. A few days later Dicta is discovered, bludgeoned to death, and Samra’s younger sister has gone missing.Navigating the complex web of family and community ties in Copenhagen’s tightly knit ethnic communities, Louise must find this remorseless predator, or predators, before it is too late.
details when you talk to him,” Storm interrupted, then he asked Louise and Mik to start preparing to question the photographer, so they would be ready for the preliminary examination. An hour later, news of his confession was everywhere. The local TV news team was getting ready to do a live interview with Storm when they went on the air around nine o’clock, and the Dagbladet journalists had already started gathering in the lobby of the police station, waiting for the press conference Storm had
called for immediately after his television appearance. Louise was trying to block out all the commotion so she could concentrate on Michael Mogensen’s questioning, which she and Mik were going to begin as soon as the uniforms were done processing the arrest. The crime-scene specialists had just arrived in town and had started turning the photographer’s apartment upside down. The car and the sailboat at Cape Tuse would be brought in for thorough examinations, but even after just a cursory look
Hønsehalsen.” His Danish was very good considering he’d only been living in the country for four years, Louise noted, although he did have a tough time pronouncing Hønsehalsen. “I’m not saying you were,” Mik interrupted. “I really just want to know if anyone else might have driven that car out there.” Samra’s brother shook his head. “Did your sister have a boyfriend?” Mik had changed topics so quickly that it seemed as if Hamid needed a moment to reboot before he answered the new question.
if people see my name next to a page-nine girl?” he asked, outraged and angry. Louise couldn’t restrain herself. “I don’t give a rat’s ass how you look. How do you think Dicta looks? Now, you tell me what the fuck went on between the two of you. I don’t want to hear any more bullshit about you and your actual intentions.” He pulled back slightly in his chair and seemed more surprised than threatened. “There’s nothing else to tell.” Louise took a deep breath before she spoke again. “I’m sorry
my cell. Bye.” Camilla Lind stepped up her pace so she’d be able to make it to Markus’s independent boarding school on time and then take the subway with him all the way back to the Frederiksberg Community Center so he wouldn’t be late to his break-dancing rehearsal at Hot Stepper again. She had planned to buy a bottle of water and some fruit for him on the way, but she dropped the idea when she looked at her watch at Nørreport Station, bounding instead down the stairs and darting onto the