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Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson
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Sun Storm (2003)

by Åsa Larsson

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Series: Rebecka Martinsson (1)

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Rebecka Martinsson had fled her small town of Kiruna many years ago to become a successful tax attorney in Stockholm. She attempted to escape scandal involving sex and the church and hasn't been back since. You can fill in details between the lines, but readers will not know the exact reason why she disappeared all those years ago until much later in the book. They only know Rebecka reluctantly returns only after being called by an old friend needing legal advice and emotional support. Sanna has been accused of murdering her much beloved evangelical brother, Viktor Strandgard. When all of the obvious evidence, including motive, points to Sanna as the killer Rebecka must dig deep to uncover the truth.
Probably the best part of Larsson's writing is how descriptive she is with people and places. I especially liked how flawed and broken most of her characters were. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 7, 2019 |
Sun Storm is the debut novel of Swedish author Åsa Larsson; it delivers multi-layered characters who aren't very likeable, and a setting in Swedish Lapland that is ridiculously far north and cold, and which functions almost as another character, so vividly is it described. Although the novel is dark and overflows with unspeakable crimes, this fan of Scandinavian noir enjoyed it very much and will definitely be reading more of Larsson's novels.

Rebecca Martinsson is a well-paid lawyer in Stockholm, but was born in the far northern reaches of her country until she was told to leave for reasons that remain a mystery until well into the book. A childhood friend contacts her after the brutal death of her evangelist brother, who is one of the apples of the eyes of the Swedish people, a wildly popular preacher with no known enemies. Rebecca reluctantly flies up north to help her clingy and childish friend Sanna, who is manipulative and incredibly selfish, barely making time for her two young daughters in her life. Things go from unpleasant to worse when Sanna is arrested on suspicion of killing her brother, which leaves Rebecca in the impossible position of caring for two small children and their dog whilst trying to find the evidence to free Sanna from prison.

There are layers upon layers of crimes and malfeasance in this novel, which is violent, cruel, and unsettling. The story itself is ingenious and very well told, the denoument elegantly crafted, and the characters interesting and well-rounded. It is a remarkable debut novel, and I look forward to the next in the series (which I will buy if I can find an English copy that is affordable - so far the least expensive edition I can find is over $60 Canadian, which is ridiculous). ( )
  ahef1963 | Dec 20, 2018 |
Nope. A woman has been so badly abused as a child that she barely functions as an adult. She and her two daughters adopt a little dog who has also been terribly abused but is extremely loving and happy with his new family, so the abuser kidnaps the dog and kills it. I like a book that disparages religion, but I draw the line at animal abuse. They eat lots of sandwiches. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Sep 27, 2018 |
La trama e' piuttosto debole, dopo un consistente "primo tempo" in cui ci si limita a presentare i personaggi e a telefonare il finale, senza quasi nessun colpo di scena; nel secondo si arriva frettolosamente all'epilogo, anche qui colpi di scena ben miseri ed insignificanti. Il tema della setta religiosa e' terribilmente (e mal) riciclato. Solo i personaggi, abbastanza pensati e con possibilita' di sviluppo non minime, salvano dalla noia estrema. Anche il titolo non pare molto appropriato. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
Absolutely loved this book. Love the main character. So glad I have found a new author to follow. Although this is a mystery, the Swedish people and culture feature prominently in the novel. I am of Finnish descent and can relate to the many parallels with between us and the Swedes. What a joy to read. Can't wait to read the next book in the series! Warning for those who prefer cozy mysteries, you may not enjoy the book as much, as there are some really grusome scenes in this story, including the main murder. But for others, I have no hesitation in recomming this read. ( )
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El cuerpo de Victor Strandgard, el predicador más famoso de Suecia, yace mutilado en una remota iglesia en Kiruna, una ciudad del norte sumergida en la eterna noche polar. La herman de la víctima ha encontrado el cadáver, y la sospecha se cierne sobre ella. Desesperada, pide ayuda a su amiga de infancia, la abogada Rebecka Martinsson, que actualmente vive en Estocolmo y que regresa a su ciudad natal dispuesta a averiguar quién es el verdadero culpable. Durante la investigación sólo cuenta con la complicidad de Anna-Maria Mella, una inteligente y peculiar policía embarazada. En Kiruna mucha gente parece tener algo que ocultar, y la nieve no tardará en teñirse de sangre.
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Åsa Larssonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andrea, ErdődyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Østby, Andreas E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bouquet, PhilippeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Marco, KatiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It grows like a tree of rage
behind my brow
with flashing red leaves, blue leaves, white!
A tree
still quivering in the wind

And I will crush
your house, and nothing
will be unfamiliar to me,
not even
what is human

Like a tree from the inside
forces its way out
and crushes
the skull

And glows
like a lantern deep in the forest
deep in the darkness

Göran Sonnevi
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When Viktor Standgård dies it is not, in fact, for the first time.
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Also published in English as The Savage Altar in the UK.
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On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled–and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall....So begins Åsa Larsson’s spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.

Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she’d left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the revivalist church his charisma helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor and a dogged policewoman. But to help her friend, and to find the real killer of a man she once adored and is now not sure she ever knew, Rebecka must relive the darkness she left behind in Kiruna, delve into a sordid conspiracy of deceit, and confront a killer whose motives are dark, wrenching, and impossible to guess....


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"Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the revivalist church his charisma helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor and a dogged policewoman. But to help her friend, and to find the real killer of a man she once adored and is now not sure she ever knew, Rebecka must relive the darkness she left behind in Kiruna, delve into a sordid conspiracy of deceit, and confront a killer whose motives are dark, wrenching, and impossible to guess."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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