Roald Dahls samlede short stories er en stor bok med få, om noen, dødpunkter. Den har blant annet min favorittkrimhistorie over alle andre, nemlig Lamb to the slaughter. Det er historien om det perfekte mord, -ihvertfall var det det før dagens teknologi og så videre- og den har sittet spikret i hukommelsen siden jeg leste den på barneskolen. En fantastisk historie, jeg fryder meg like mye over hvordan det gjøres hver gang.
«Sit down,» he said. «Just for a minute, sit down.» It wasn’t till then that she began to get frightened.
«Go on,» he said. «Sit down.» She lowered herself back slowly into the chair, watching him all the time with those large, bewildered eyes. He had finished the second drink and was staring down into the glass, frowning.
«Listen,» he said. «I’ve got something to tell you.» «What is it, darling? What’s the matter?» He had now become absolutely motionless, and he kept his head down so that the light from the lamp beside him fell across the upper part of his face, leaving the chin and mouth in shadow. She noticed there was a little muscle moving near the corner of his left eye.
«This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I’m afraid,» he said. «But I’ve thought about it a good deal and I’ve decided the only thing to do is tell you right away. I hope you won’t blame me too much.»
And he told her. It didn’t take long, four or five minutes at most, and she say very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he went further and further away from her with each word.
«So there it is,» he added. «And I know it’s kind of a bad time to be telling you, bet there simply wasn’t any other way. Of course I’ll give you money and see you’re looked after. But there needn’t really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn’t be very good for my job.»
Nå som jeg drev og googlet etter en god smakebit fra den fant jeg også til min glede at den har blitt filmatisert i Tales of the Unexpected, med Roald Dahl som presenterer den, fra 1979. Jeg foretrekker novellen, men det er jo en gøy liten snutt. Har du tips om en krimhistorie med det perfekte mord vil jeg gjerne høre. God søndag!