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The Blood Spilt by Asa Larsson
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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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Rebecka Martinsson returns after killing three people in The Sun Storm. That seems pretty incredible when you consider Rebecka is a tax lawyer. But, she had a good reason. (In other words, read the book.) When we catch up with Martinsson in The Blood Spilt she has been on sick leave and struggling with post traumatic stress.
Police woman Anna-Maria Mella and her partner, Inspector Sven-Erik Stalnacke are also back in Blood Spilt. They are dealing with the murder of Mildred Nilsson, a controversial and strongly disliked and equally liked priest who was found murdered. To catch you up on Anna-Maria, she was pregnant during Sun Storm and is now on maternity leave a year and a half later after giving birth to her son, Gustav.
Back to the plot.
Anna - Maria and Sven-Erik have their work cut out for them. Any number of people could have killed Mildred. Husbands in particular had the strongest motive. Mildred's life work was rescuing battered women from abusive spouses. She was responsible for households torn apart leaving the menfolk left to care for the children left behind and the upkeep of their homes. Additionally, Mildred was on a crusade to save the grey wolf which put her at odds with farmers and hunters alike. Personally, I could have done without the Yellow Legs subplot. I think the story would have held up just fine without it.
Rebecka inevitably gets caught up in the murder when she befriends a mentally challenged boy who might have witnessed the crime.
As an aside, if you are an animal lover this book will be really hard to read. Just saying! ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 18, 2019 |
La scrittura e lo svolgimento della trama sono molto confusi, e se non fosse per questa confusione il finale sarebbe abbastanza telefonato. Lascia veramente poco. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
Foi uma desilusão. Personagens masculinos religiosos e complexados. Mulheres um pouco ou totalmente perturbadas psicologicamente. Muito pouca capacidade de prender em termos de leitura. Aguardo por um outro autor nórdico que me faça acreditar que pode existir um equivalente a Stieg Larsson. ( )
  bruc79 | Mar 27, 2016 |
Somehow I've managed to read this series in nearly reverse order 1,4,3 & now 2, but it hasn't made any difference to my enjoyment. Definitely one of the best writers in her genre. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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