The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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'The writing is of the highest quality. The confrontations with the bear are electrifying' Sean Farrell, Belfast Telegraph. (Belfast Telegraph)
'One of the brightest stars in the current Nordic firmament' Barry Forshaw, Independent. (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Åsa Larsson was born and grew up in Kiruna, Sweden. She is a qualified lawyer. The Savage Altar was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers' Association prize for best debut. The Blood Spilt was chosen as the Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004.
Laurie Thompson is the distinguished translator of novels by Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser. He was editor of Swedish Book Review until 2002.
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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
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
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
Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is initially assigned to the murder investigation, until one of her colleagues (Carl von Post) contrives to have her removed. He takes over the investigation and Martinsson takes leave. But she doesn’t stop thinking about the case, or looking into it.
There’s a second older story woven through the novel. One hundred years earlier when Kiruna was a new town, Elina Pettersson, a young school teacher arrives determined to make a new life for herself. She falls in love, is betrayed and then brutally murdered. The story of who betrayed Elina and who murdered her and why makes sad reading.
The story moves between the contemporary investigations into Sol-Britt Uusitalo’s murder, the fate of her grandson Marcus, and the story of Elina Pettersson. The connections between the stories gradually become clearer as does the motive for murder. Rebecka Martinsson has to make a number of choices, and one of them tore at her heart (and mine).
This is my first Åsa Larsson novel, and I’ll be looking to read the others. Rebecka Martinsson is an intriguing character, as are some of the others who people the novel. Dogs are also important in this story, with one in particular being a hero. It’s black and bleak, but there’s hope as well – for some. I found this novel challenging and while I recommend it, it’s not for the squeamish.
‘The moon is like a cold white goddess in the black sky.’
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a writer who puts more store in characters than plot, which is generally fine by me when it is as well done as this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. Pj Martin
Excellent just as good as the previous books. Hopefully we get another rebecca Pattinson book. It has made me want to read more Scandinavian novels. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs Hilary Cole
Dark and bleak yet beautiful. Another wonderful book by Åsa Larsson. Read them all they are wonderful. I would award more stars if possible.Published 10 months ago by Phil Sackett
One of her best books to date. She is one of my favourite writers, surpassing Mankell and Nesbo. Can't wait for her next books.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first Larsson book I have read I thought the plot line very good and I liked the 3 main characters. A real page turner.Published 12 months ago by victoria ferguson