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 eventually 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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He stammered, not meeting Tremain’s eyes. “My name’s Fabriano, sir. ” With that, Fabriano instantly began to walk away, obviously SINK THE SHIGURE 27 frustrated and ﬁghting to hold back the painful memories that fueled the ill-temper within him. “Thanks for the light, Fabriano,” Tremain called after him trivially. Fabriano stopped in his tracks, but did not turn around to face him. “That was my brother’s name, too, sir,” he said lowly, then briskly marched away. Tremain stared after him for a moment, taking long drags on his cigarette, contemplating the signiﬁcance of the sailor’s last statement.
Men began to emerge on deck from every hatch and door, some passing damage control equipment, some tending to the wounded, some moving the dead, some grabbing tools and heading below to try to salvage the Chevalier’s rapidly ﬂood ing engine rooms. The ship was listing heavily to starboard, and Tremain suspected the collision with the O’Bannon had ripped her hull away below the waterline. He recognized the ship’s executive ofﬁcer gathering men on deck in an attempt to jettison any loose equipment from the starboard side to give up some weight in an effort to keep her from capsizing.
It seemed that the enemy ships had been caught with their pants down. Remarkable, considering the prior warn ing they must have received from the reconnaissance aircraft. Now they were quickly trying to correct their blunder, closing formation in an attempt to bring all guns into range of the American destroyers. The American task group commander had been handed a stroke of luck and now needed only to ex ploit it. Tremain couldn’t imagine why the column hadn’t opened ﬁre yet on the closest enemy destroyer.