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The Blood Spilt (original 2004; edition 2007)

by Asa Larsson

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Title:The Blood Spilt
Authors:Asa Larsson
Info:Delta (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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A bit like chewing glass. This was too elliptical and depressing to enjoy. I gathered it must have been part of a series but the connection to Rebecka Martinsson seemed tenuous and simply existed to pour more trauma upon her head along with most other people in the book. Even the policeman lost his cat. It's hard to read something where any character or plotline that even hints life may contain a moment of joy is crushed and extinguished by bitter feelings, broken relationships and violence. Probably not my finest choice of easy going holiday reading! ( )
  culturion | Aug 1, 2015 |
The second Rebecka Martinsson mystery, in which Rebecka is trying to recover from the trauma of the first story, and must revisit Kiruna, where some months before, a female priest has been killed. Another dark, dark Swedish mystery, with a couple of strong female protagonists. Larsson can create some especially interesting secondary characters, but some of her plot devices are rather baldly telegraphed. Still, nice twists, and I really like the various levels of commitment, confusion and personal situations of her ensemble players. ( )
  ffortsa | Nov 28, 2014 |
to me this was an average mystery read. not gripping ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Oct 15, 2014 |
The second in Asa Larsson's Rebecka Martinsson series. This one follows Rebecka's recovery from the trauma she suffered at the end of the first book, and her return to Kiruna to heal. Naturally, while there, she gets caught up in another murder. The character development here is excellent, though the story--involving the murder of yet another clergyman--bears a little too much resemblance to the plot in the first. Also, why do dogs have to die in every installment of this series?! Now I know why, in the afterword to the fifth book (which was the first one I read), she apologizes, sort of, for "mak[ing] a mess of Martinssson's face, and kill[ing] dogs." Still: if you're a fan of female detectives and/or Nordic Noir, don't let that stop you from giving these books a try. ( )
  rvhatha | Jun 28, 2014 |
I found this rather hard going and eventually abandoned it after reading about a third.
  edwardsgt | Jul 6, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385340796, Paperback)

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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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.… (more)

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