The Man in the Window by K.O. Dahl

By K.O. Dahl

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The stranger's partner had got up from an armchair by the window and stood ill at ease, nervously wringing her hands. She was in that indefinable age between thirty and forty, with long, dark, curly hair, wearing a navy blue outfit, which created a sense of formality, although her skirt emphasized her legs. Reidar raised his arm and greeted everyone politely. She stuck out a slender hand, which she swiftly retracted, and flicked back her long, dark hair, releasing an aroma of perfume around her.

The vet will fix your dog,' he assured his brother. 'It's another matter with Reidar. We need his name on the contract. ' Chapter 4 In Medias Res On the way down the stairs after leaving his two brothers, while stuffing his emotional shock into a dusty old drawer in his psyche, Reidar was planning his next move. At first he stood still, shivering, in the freezing snow on the pavement in Uranienborgveien as he racked his brain to decide the best way to locate a taxi and a telephone box. That is perhaps the most irritating thing about days like this, he thought.

Yes,' Reidar intoned. ' The other end of the line was quiet. The rear door of the Mercedes opened, and the passenger got out. ' he asked. 'Yes,' said Ingrid, his wife, in a barely audible voice. 'I assume this will be the last time I find you in the house of another man,' Reidar said. 'But it is your choice. If you wish to stay married, I expect to see you at home at seven. ' The white taxi started up and turned into the street where he was standing. Reidar raised his arm and hailed the taxi, which pulled up by the kerb.

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