The Black Path Paperback – 1 Dec 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 .
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!)
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, I'm hooked on the Rebecka Martinsson series nowPublished 5 months ago by Maria Mallon
Loved all the Asa Larson books but this was my least favouritePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Alexandra S. Turton
I read this book when it first came out in the UK. Although it's a well written story I prefer the previous books with R Martinsson. Still worth reading though.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a good book but i thought the ending was rushed and obvious, it was good though, esters character was confusing and it was a bit drawn out in the middle but was engaging for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sam Giddings