18 April 2013.
At the same time, Sergeant Gunna is brought into an investigation involving helpless Libyan hostages and a missing – and highly incriminating – laptop which some extremely violent criminals will go to excessive lengths to seek and destroy. I, for one, cheered when their aptly-named enforcer, Baddó, got his just deserts.
Quentin Bates is particularly good on teenagers, and Sergeant Gunna herself – calm, determined, dogged and kind – has dealings with several of those. In future books, she is going to find herself coping with the issue(!) of her son Gisla, who has managed to impregnate two women at more or less the same time.
A quietly humorous, extremely well-plotted novel, with solid likable characters. I just wish there were not quite so many of them, all with names that require a great deal of concentration to keep straight … but that is down to Icelandic nomenclature, rather than the author. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Susan Moody