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Sun Storm (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Asa Larsson

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Title:Sun Storm
Authors:Asa Larsson
Info:Delta (2006), Paperback, 336 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:Sweden, tax law, religion, fundamentalism, crime fiction

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Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson (2003)

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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. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
dark but very good ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Jul 11, 2016 |
Sun Storm opens with Viktor Strandgard dying for the second time in his life, this time on the floor of a church and later discovered by his peculiar sister, Sanna. After she discovers the mutilated body of the revivalist preacher and her brother laid out in ritualistic style on the floor of The Source of All Our Strength Church, Sanna turns to her old friend Rebecka Martinsson for support. Despite her onerous work schedule as a tax lawyer in a large, very demanding law practice in Stockholm, and her reservations about her own past in connection with the church, Rebecka heads back to the small town and community to help. The chief prosecutor on the case seems to have already decided that Sanna is guilty and she is charged after vital evidence is found hidden in her home. Rebecka reluctantly finds herself trying to provide legal and emotional support to the emotionally fragile Sanna.

The detectives investigating Victor's murder are the heavily pregnant Anna-Maria Mella, who is supposed to be on desk duty until the birth of her child, Sven-Erik Stalnacke, her deputy who will be covering for her maternity leave, and their obnoxious, publicity seeking boss, Carl von Post. The empathy of Anna-Maria and Sven-Erik for Rebecka and Sanna allows the truth of Victor's death gradually to be realized, rather than being brushed under the carpet by the church officials and von Post. To find out what really happened, Rebecka has to come to terms with her own past and the hypocrisy of the pastors.

The story shifts between past and present, rural and city values, old times and modern relationships, are are told in a very compelling way. The story that emerges is well told, believable and intriguing throughout. I plan to pick up the next in the series, The Blood Spilt.
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1 vote Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Bom mas ainda não é um Stieg Larsson. Escreve de forma sombria sobre os ambientes frios da Suécia e apresenta um caso estranho de uma figura religiosa assassinada cruelmente com uma história algo tortuosa por trás. Interessante leitur ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
The frost lay like icing on the birch trees, and right at the top of the hill the mighty Crystal Church soared up into the night sky, surrounded by stars and planets. It stood there like a gigantic illuminated ice cube, shimmering with the Aurora Borealis.

I didn't really like this book very much and I don't think I'll read any more of the series. The protagonist, Rebecka Martinsson, is bad-tempered and unlikeable and is furious at herself for allowing her needy friend Sanna to drag her back to her home town of Kiruna, and I just don't want to read any more books about her.

As for the police, Sven-Erik supposedly resented Anna-Maria when she got the job he wanted, but now that she is about to go on maternity leave he is ridiculously clingy and reluctant to take charge. Not that the police do much investigating, allowing all and sundry to get away with refusing to be questioned, and they are apparently unsure of the law, asking each other whether it would be possible to get a conviction if they can't find the murder weapon. ( )
  isabelx | Jul 20, 2015 |
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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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Andrea, ErdődyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385340788, Paperback)

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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