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Asa Larsson , Hillary Huber , Marlaine Delargy
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30 Jan 2007
It’s midsummer in Sweden—when the light lingers through dawn and a long, isolating winter finally comes to an end. In this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike. A female priest—who made enemies and acolytes in equal number—has been found hanging in her church. And a big-city lawyer quite acquainted with death enters the scene as police and parishioners try to pick up the pieces....

Not long ago, attorney Rebecka Martinsson had to kill three men in order to stop an eerily similar murder spree—one that also involved a priest. Now she is back in Kiruna, the region of her birth, while a determined policewoman gnaws on the case and people who loved or loathed the victim mourn or revel in her demise. The further Rebecka is drawn into the mystery—a mystery that will soon take another victim—the more the dead woman’s world clutches her: a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and, above all, of sacrifice.

In prose that is both lyrical and visceral, Åsa Larsson has crafted a novel of pure entertainment, a taut, atmospheric mystery that will hold you in thrall until the last, unforgettable page is turned


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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (30 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786171685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786171682
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Asa Larsson was born in 1966 and lives in Sweden. This is her second novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good people? Bad people? 27 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
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Addictive reading. Cant wait for price to drop from £12 on book 5...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Strange 6 Jun 2014
By Huge
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I got to the end of this somehow but nearly gave-up because I thought the writing rather strange. Not as good as The Black Path
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scandicrime 1 Jun 2014
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Another class novel from Larsson, whose main character is so typically flawed yet immensely believable in the way that Mankell's Wallander is. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new author for me! 2 April 2014
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Excellent, well written. I've read 3 on the trot and have really enjoyed them. Interesting style, different to other authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The. Blood Spllt 18 Feb 2014
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A difficult book to get into , with several plots running throughout, as times difficult to keep a pace of
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SWEDISH CRIME THRILLER
First novel I have read by As a Larsson, won't be the last though. Excellent believable characters and with a great sense of place, set in the far north. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Spilt
You can't expect me to review a Christmas gift before Christmas!! I'm sure I will love it because Asa Larsson is one of my favourite authors!!
Published 6 months ago by Pauline Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down
Having read Savage Altar and enjoyed it I bought this book to continue the Rebecka Martinsson character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Another Larsson winner. The novel sucks you into the Nordic world and is written in such a manner that you can easily imagine being there.
Published 8 months ago by Vulcan
4.0 out of 5 stars nice read
Well written. Character depth is good but obscures the plot a little if you not able to read in big chunks. John
Published 8 months ago by JOHN E FISHER
5.0 out of 5 stars The blood split
5stars and worth it excellent read from start to finish definitely looking forward to her next book hope who ever reads this book enjoys it as much as I
Published 10 months ago by Janice robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandi crime at its best
Great plot, characters, writing. What more could you want? If you enjoy Karin Fossum and Camila Lackberg you will like Asa Larsson. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sharon Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book.
I have read all the Rebecka Martinsson books so far and they are so good I would recommend to anyone to read them.
Published 11 months ago by morganly
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