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The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Asa Larsson
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Before Stieg Larsson, there was Asa Larsson . . . the follow up to The Savage Altar, The Blood Spilt is a truly absorbing, atmospheric and fast-paced thriller featuring lawyer Rebecka Martinsson, a fantastic character in the mould of The Silence of the Lambs' Clarice Starling.

It is midsummer in Sweden - when the light lingers through dawn and the long winter comes to an end. Now, in this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike, and the murder of a female priest sends shockwaves through the community.

It has been almost two years since attorney Rebecka Martinsson returned to her birthplace, Kiruna, in order to stop an eerily similar murder spree. Now she is back in Kiruna, where a determined policewoman works on the case and the people who loved or loathed the victim mourn or revel in her demise. As Rebecka is drawn into a mystery that soon will claim another victim, the dead woman's world consumes her: a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

'Nail-biting . . . A suspense-filled mystery by yet another talented Swedish writer' Sunday Telegraph on The Savage Altar

'A labyrinthine conspiracy, superlative storytelling' Independent on The Savage Altar

Asa Larsson was born in 1966 and lives in Sweden. Her first novel, The Savage Altar, was a Top 10 bestseller in Sweden, winning the Best First Crime Novel award, and is available from Penguin now.

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Asa Larsson was born in 1966 and lives in Sweden. This is her second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1977 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385339828
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00358VI9Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good people? Bad people? 27 Jun. 2010
First let me begin by pointing out something that will become obvious to anyone who reads the book but isn't obvious from the way Larsson's books are marketed (which emphasises their religious/ritualistic aspect): this is not Dan Brown with added reindeer.

Larsson is a student of human psychology: the complexity of relationships; the way in which well intended actions can have catastrophic consequences; the lives lived on a knife edge of emotional tension; and the secrets hidden behind a veil of conformity.

Bitterest of all, she illuminates the cruel irony by which those gifted with the ability to love everyone can lack the ability to love anyone, any particular person that is - and indeed can fail to understand people as individuals rather than a concept.

Cruelty is a defining feature of Larsson's world: murderers kill in cruel ways and animals and vulnerable human beings suffer cruel, undeserved fates. This makes for some disturbing reading. Strangely, the book as a whole is rather beautiful - almost poetically so - and this is only partly due to the wild setting in northern Sweden.

As for the whodunnit aspect of the story, it's not the hardest mystery to untangle. But then that's not the mystery Larsson's interested in: how did it happen? she asks. And why?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Asa Larsson - The Blood Spilt 29 July 2007
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Bravely, Asa Larsson begins her second book in exactly the same way as her first: with a religious leader found dead in a church. You'd think it might be asking for trouble, concocting a plot so similar to her debut novel, when most writers would try to do something markedly different for their second novel so as not to repeat themselves. However, somehow Larsson pulls it off, as there's no sense of repetition.

One morning a female priest is found hanging by a chain in the local church. Mildred Nilsson has made friends and enemies in equal measure since her posting. A staunch feminist, she has put together a popular local women's group, but has also managed to alienate most of the village's men. She's also endeavoured to set up a wildlife fund to help a local lone she-wolf that has somehow found its home in the local wood, and this has upset many of the local priests. So, there isn't a particular shortage of suspects.

However, no progress is made on the investigation for three months, and it is gradually stepped down. Inspector Anna-Maria Mella returns to work from maternity leave, and is given the case alone to ease her back into the job. A combination of that, and the return to the area of Rebecka Martinsson (who comes for work and stays to get away), kicks the case into touch again. It's when Rebecka finds that Mildred Nilsson had a locker in the parish office, that no one has told the police about, that she starts to get dragged into the case.

I have had a mixed reaction to both Larsson's books so far. On the one hand, she has some excellent qualities as a writer: she has a real understanding of human relationships and motivations, and a good handle on the dynamics of relationship conflict in particular.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Alpha female of crime fiction 20 Oct. 2012
A wonderful piece of writing.
After our first encounter with Rebecka Martinsson the story moves on with her trying to piece her life together in this second book.
Dark and broody. About place and the status quo. A novel again around the brutal killing of a priest.
Slowly we learn of the deceased's influence for good or ill on her flock and the influence she has on others and the various motives/responses she draws out of others who either love her or detest her in equal measure.
Beautifully told in terms of the surrounding countryside and the interaction of humankind and nature with special insights into this world through the contrasting fortunes of a wolf pack.
You journey backwards from the murder through the everyday recollections of the principle cast of characters - it seems the additional introduction of a fresh outsider, another woman in the form of our secretive recovering lawyer, Rebecka, brings about new memories, fresh evidence and growing tensions. These ultimately place her at a similar risk from the original killer who initially appears to have got away with murder.
A clever literary form that keeps the structure of the story compared to others who run parallel stories that merge at a later time. Larsson shows great skill as she weaves her narrative and has arrived as a major force in this difficult genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all this series 19 Jan. 2015
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I love all this series.Great characters ,and some real heartbreaking twists in this second book.Bear with it tho, the next book is better for Rebecka( thank goodness).The writing reminds me of Stephen King in his prime. You really care about the people and learn a lot about Scandi lifestyle and places.
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I have decided to read all this series by Asa Larsson. She is a gifted author who gets inside the skin of all her characters, not just those in the lead. The Lapland setting is unusual and adds a good deal of atmosphere and colour to the crime theme around which each novel is built. This time the author returns to the revelation that the church is full of evil as well as good and that the guilty have a certain innocence. Clever and compelling this is a book well worth reading which will not disappoint. I would have given it five stars but for the fact that once again Rebecka Martinsson, the heroine, ends up badly injured in a final scene where the quality of the writing made the degree of personal violence unnecessary.
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