At Moveien care home the residents seem frightened, scared, and confused. Lately there have been exceptionally many deaths following an unusually tough flu season, and at the same time there is little money for maintenance. One of the patients with dementia, Alma Lien, broke through the closed doors and was found frozen to death outside.
The string of deaths worries pathologist Silje Andersen, and she suspects something might be seriously wrong. But how can she prove it? Elderly people dying is completely natural.
Under Pain of Death is Hanne Gellein’s second crime novel and is a character-driven psychological crime novel inspired by reality. It shows to what extent a distorted human mind can decide to defend its gruesome actions. Religious fanaticism, distorted self-image, and the art of trusting oneself are key themes in this novel.
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