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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press; UK airports ed edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857051733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857051738
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the brightest stars in the current Nordic firmament' Barry Forshaw, Independent.

'The writing is of the highest quality. The confrontations with the bear are electrifying' Sean Farrell, Belfast Telegraph. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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As dawn breaks over the freezing tundra of the far north of Sweden a hunt begins. A brute of a bear, all the more dangerous for being wounded, is on the rampage. When it is finally brought to earth the hungers are shaken by a grisly discovery. Across in Kurravaara, a woman is found murdered, dispatched with savage, frenzied brutality, crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed. Her young grandson - who lost his father to a road accident and his mother to her new lover - is nowhere to be found. Only Rebecka Martinsson connects the bear and the bloodshed. But dropped from the case thanks to a jealous rival, she now stands alone against an elusive killer who brings death to young and old, spawned by a horrifying crime that festers after one hundred years on ice.
The Second Deadly Sin is Martinsson's most twisted and unpredictable case to date, a tale that thrills on every level, as a page-turner and as a skeleton key to the cruellest vices of the human heart.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MH on 10 Jan. 2014
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I like these stories, although they never quite grab me the way some books do, you want to finish them and know how things turn out, and sometimes that's enough. I'll read the next one, assuming there is one, hope it'll be as intriguing as the first, at least as good as this one and that just for once the central protagonist doesn't end up hospitalised.... the fact that she always does would be my only gripe!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Lagden on 15 Feb. 2014
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This is the second book I have read from this author and a enjoyed it more. I have got into recognizing the Scandinavian names and appreciating the description of the countryside in the story. I found the story fast paced and I read well into the night to finish the book although I knew ' who doneit' I needed to know how Rebekka and Marcus had escaped. The inter relationship with the dogs was very well written and although I am not a dog lover I would have gladly given any of the dogs a home. The love interest is gently done and I look forward to seeing what transpires in future books. The second story woven into the main story of the ancestors was not distracting as it so often is. On the whole a very good read and I can see this making another television series to rival the Killing and the Bridge!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
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The author is a distinctive and distinguished voice in Swedish crime
fiction.Her novels feature District Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson
whose troubles have led her to return to work and live where she was
brought up,north of the Arctic circle in Lapland,which is where the novel
is set.
The complex tale begins with a bear hunt.The remains of a human is found
in the dead animal's stomach. Martinsson is then asked to assist her
neighbour in locating an elderly woman who has not appeared at her work,
she is found to have been brutally murdered,and her young grandson has
disappeared.
When Martinsson is taken off the case she continues with her own enquiries.
Juxtaposed with the main plot is the story of a young female schoolteacher,
many years before,who falls for the local mine owner and is murdered.
This is a highly accomplished novel,expertly plotted ,with strong characterisation,
and a vivid sense of place. It is a tale about the limits some go to serve their
avarice.Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred J. Coombs on 31 Jan. 2014
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I am a great fan of Asa Larsson's work and The Second Deadly Sin certainly does not disappoint. Larsson develops her characters so the reader gets a good feel for their personality. There is plenty of action to keep the reader involved. Larsson has a great ability to set the scene which gives the story atmosphere and, at the same time, gives a look into life in a small Swedish town. Add to all of this the politics of the police and the ineptness of a defense attorney who nearly botches the case. Although this is a stand alone mystery, I would recommend beginning with the first Rebecka Martinsson book to get a feel for how she's evolved over the several books in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justine Carroll on 24 Dec. 2013
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I have read them all and they have all been brilliant. Rebecca always ends up battered and something really horrible that makes you cry tends to happen. The book didn't disappoint on both those counts. Can't wait for the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
The newest entry in the Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson series begins with the discovery of the carcass of a massive bear, evidence indicating that he had mauled and feasted upon a human victim. Not long after, in distant Kurravaara, Martinsson is assigned the investigation into the brutal killing of a woman, Sol-Britt Uusitalo, the daughter of the man identified as that victim, murdered in her bed; her seven-year-old grandson, who lived with her, is nowhere to be found. As the investigation continues, it soon appears that Sol-Britt’s grandfather and grandmother had years ago each also been murdered, in separate incidents, and three years earlier her son was run over in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident. Like police everywhere in the world, neither Rebecka nor any of her colleagues believed in coincidence. As always, there are office politics in play as Rebecka is soon officially taken off the case. But that’s never hampered her before, nor does it here.

Essential to the tale are glimpses into Rebecka’s private life, including her on-again-off-again romance with one of the partners in the Stockholm law firm where she used to work, and her colleagues, chiefly mother-of-four Inspector Anna-Maria Mella and Krister Eriksson, the police dog handler (learning to live with the fact that he and Rebecka are destined to be no more than friends), and her neighbor, Sivving, who is “closer to her than anybody else in the world,” and all their respective canine pets, who become as much a part of the tale as any of the humans. The writing is lovely, e.g.: “Who can love perfection? No, love requires solicitude, and solicitude requires the loved one to have faults, requires wounds, frailty. Love wants to heal. Perfection has no need of healing.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book but I hate not being able to write an adequate review for it without giving away crucial and important details, so I will try to keep this to a minimum. This is an excellent mystery from the very beginning scenes with the bear to the very last page. This book makes a lot of other mysteries look bad.

The execution of the plot was right on throughout the story and the author never wavered. I loved the characters and how real they seemed. You get the chance to not only know them and their personalities, but feel as if they are sharing the story with you personally. The writing style of this author is witty and brash at times, but never leaves you feeling offended or like you are missing something important to the story.

I thought this was some of the best dialogue I have seen for a long while. It was fluent and kept the book moving at a rapid pace even when there was a slower paced scene happening.

I strongly recommend this book to those who like action adventure and excitement as well as a difficult to solve mystery. An excellent book and an author that I will be adding to my read again list.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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