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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780385341011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385341011
  • ASIN: 0385341016
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Asa Larsson is as deft at writing heart-stopping scenes ... as she is at getting inside the heads of characters."--"Washington Post"

Asa Larsson is as deft at writing heart-stopping scenes as she is at getting inside the heads of characters. "Washington Post""

About the Author

Asa Larsson was born in 1966; she grew up in Kiruna and now lives in Mariefred. She is a qualified lawyer and made her debut in 2003 with Sun Storm, which was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers Association Prize for best debut novel. The sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004. The books were an immediate success; they have been sold to ten countries, and are being launched in the United States; the film rights have been sold to Sandrew Metronome."


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Being a big fan of Scandinavian 'crime' I was looking forward to this book and am very pleased to say I was not dissapointed. Dark and gritty, miserable anti-heros, strong characters and a good but interweaving theme.
Anna-Mare[inspector] is my kind of lady, no sufferer of fools, and a chancer.however if you want to really enjoy this book try and read the 2 previous 'Sun Storm' and 'The Blood Split' if you you like Mankell you will like this .
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I enjoyed Asa Larsson's two previous books featuring Rebecka Martinsson and Anne Marie Mella, and I thought that this book was the best in the series so far.

Rebecka has moved back home to Northern Sweden, and taken up a job in the public prosecutor's office. She becomes involved in investigations following the murder of a local businesswoman. The murdered woman worked for the Kallis mining company, and the book interweaves her story in with the murder investigation.

I thought that this book was extremely well written, and was particularly strong on characterisation. The storyline was compelling and the plot was well paced. The translation was sympathetic (and I've read a few Scandi-translation clunkers, so I know a good one when I see one!)
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Another major work of crime fiction set in Northern Sweden and like others before her owes some of its plot to shady business practices in the continent of Africa.
Larsson writes so powerfully about the harshness and beauty of the frozen wilderness it is a wonder anything can survive in this landscape.
However when the fear of exposure of a different kind is faced there are no limits that people will go to maintain their secrets even to the point of killing and the brutal taking of life.
The story is beautifully told in terms of relationships and how characters develop and interact with each other. The author again uses the technique of revisiting the past and revealing information to the reader to reappraise the events we have previously learned. These are cleverly done, almost seamlessly until we are placed into a thrilling climax and conclusion that brings all stories up to date and characters interactions have life-ending finality. Great writing.
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This starts out as if it's going to be a police procedural. A woman's body is found in a holiday home and the detectives' first task is to find out who she is. Once this has been done, however, the story moves away from the police team and concentrates on a group of people who knew the victim. It's not an undemanding read because much of it is told in flashback and the plot involves complex financial dealings. This is not really the way to write a crime novel but it worked for me because Larsson is such a good writer. She has a fine economical style and creates interesting characters.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more in the series. However, I can see that it might not appeal to someone who is in the mood for a straightforward detective story.
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I enjoyed this book very much. I have read the author's previous books and found this the best of the series so far. A good plot, excellent characters and it unfolded in a pleasing way. I can recommend this book to anyone who like a good police mystery. You don't have to have a penchant for Swedish thrillers - a good detective story is good in any language. And this one is good.
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By elsie purdon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2015
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This author is one of my favourite Nordic Noir Writers.
She writes on many levels not just the obvious police procedural. Set in very Northern Sweden the location is very different to any I personally know, yet in the novels i can travel there and imagine the deep snow, the cold and the stillness.

This novel is a bit different to the preceding ones. Rebekka Martinsonn is the still th main protagonist around which all the thread revolve but in this one Rebekka is recovering from her injuries, physical and emotional occurred at the end of the previous novel.

The local police are investigating an unusual murder when a wealthy woman's body is found near an ice hole in one of the local's "ark" (small wooden huts to fish from within).
No-one knows who she is or why she is not wearing suitable clothing for the weather.
Rebekka works as a lawyer and is asked to help the police with the research needed. Her story and input winds in and out of the police search for the murderer.

Asa Larsson brings in some fantastic characters, one of which I really took a liking to. She writes from inside that person's mind and I was totally hooked. For me this added a depth I rarely come across in many novels especially crime novels.
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2012
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The latest instalment in Asa Larsson's 'Rebecka Martinsson' series and to my mind, her best to date. Rebecka has seemingly made a full recovery from the horrific attack of the previous book and after her release from the psychiatric unit, finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation with the wonderful female detective Anna-Maria Mella. This is where Larsson excels in her characterisation that portrays Rebecka as an outwardly strong but essentially damaged woman and Anna-Maria, who witnesses so much horror in her day job, as an incredibly grounded and centred character, and who acts as a perfect foil to Rebecka's polar opposite characteristics. The interplay and deep-seated respect and affection between them is even more prevalent in this plot as they work together to uncover some insidious goings on within an extremely influential yet corrupt mining corporation that leads to greed and murder. I think this book is the closest in context that I've read to say 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' or 'The Killing' where the more socio-political plot is given centre stage and I did find the detail regarding the corruption of big business in Third World countries extremely interesting. Obviously this was running parallel with the murder investigation and the strange trinity of the murdered woman, her brother and his friend- the figures at the forefront of the mining corporation- and their interaction and relationships with each other which was equally compelling. An accomplished and highly readable thriller from Larsson who just gets better with every book...
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