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The Black Path (2006)

by Åsa Larsson

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Series: Rebecka Martinsson (3)

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A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide in a masterpiece of suspense.
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This was a fascinating mystery set in Sweden, with six primary characters, all of whom were vivid from the author's writing. There was an outlaw big businessman, a very interesting & unusual brother & sister. There were other outlaw, or at least ruthless, businessman involved as well as two female police detectives in whose personalities we readers were allowed to delve. An international aspect of the mining interests of the businessmen was centered around gold mining in Uganda.

I enjoyed this book very much; the storylines were well developed, there was mystery not only as to who was doing what ... and why, but there were some background and underlying issues with which some of the characters lived. I will read more of her work. ( )
  RickGeissal | Aug 16, 2023 |
(reminder, 3 stars = I liked it.) ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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  olivier67 | May 29, 2023 |
3rd book in the series. i've really become comfortable with the far north setting and look forward to seeing what's happening now, and these are really engaging continuing characters. for my taste the ending goes a little glossy action movie, where the whole setup is designed to be small and claustrophobic, but we'll chalk that up to an experiment that didn't quite suit her style. ( )
  macha | Apr 16, 2023 |
This began as an OK example of Scandi noir, but soon resolved into a bit of a mess, with an assortment of characters heading off in different directions, and no single protagonist that the plot coheres around. I was still prepared to give this three stars, but the ending just descended into silliness that you'd have to believe in magic to find credible. ( )
  gjky | Apr 9, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Larsson, Åsaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolstad, Kari, nOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delargy, MarlaineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giménez, MayteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haefs, GabrieleÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide in a masterpiece of suspense.

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sa Larsson writes very well. In short, she tells a good story and has expanded well on the character development from the earlier two novels. I find the entire series so much more satisfying than Donna Leon's series. Here, the political and religious comments are much more a part of the people, culture and character traits of the Swedes. I would strongly recommend this series, but it might be best to start at the beginning - with Sun Strom and then read The Blood Split. You can better understand what Rebecca is going through. Although in this 3rd novel, the author has expanded the lead characters to make the story much more interesting.
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