The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson Series #2)

The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson Series #2)

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by Asa Larsson
     
 

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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

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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.

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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Publishers Weekly

Huber's slightly nasal, vaguely Middle-American drawl is a strange fit for a murder mystery set in northern Sweden. I The strategy is mostly effective, though, rendering Larsson's novel about the puzzling death of a priest more familiar to American listeners than it might otherwise appear. In her reading, Sweden is just next door to Michigan, and the aggressive normalcy of Huber's no-nonsense voice brings the terrible conundrum of lawyer Rebecka Martinsson, embroiled in guilt and anger and a desire to understand after an accidental death, to life. Huber makes no effort to sound Swedish, other than pronouncing names and places properly, and in the end, this gives Larsson's mystery a familiar, well-worn feel it might otherwise lack. Simultaneous release with the Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 20). (Feb.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Stockholm attorney Rebecka Martinsson, still recovering from the bloodbath that ended Sun Storm (2006), gets a dose of the best possible medicine: another murdered pastor in a small town up north. Long before she was clubbed to death and hung from the choir loft in her church in little Jukkasjarvi, it was obvious that Mildred Nilsson polarized her congregation. Stefan Wikstrom, the dean of the church council, made no secret of his wish to keep her and every other female priest out of his bailiwick. Torbjorn Ylitalo, the church forestry officer, resented the fact that she threatened to cancel the hunting club's sweetheart lease on its church-owned lodge unless they accepted women as half of the club's membership. And there was widespread opposition when she took up arms on behalf of a fund to protect Yellow Legs, a she-wolf that had wandered onto church lands. Even those who accepted Mildred, like her lover Lisa Stockel, chair of the church's Magdalena Society, had an uneasy relationship with her. So when she's killed, there's certainly enough mystery to engage two detectives: Inspector Anna-Maria Mella, just back from maternity leave, and Rebecka, who happens on the case en route to a remote cottage where she's supposed to be resting. Instead, Rebecka takes a part-time job as a cleaner at Micke Kiviniemi's bar and befriends Lisa's cousin Lars-Gunnar Vinsa's son Nalle, whose brain damage wrecked his parents' marriage. Both the professional investigator and the reluctant amateur know that the Arctic midsummer, with the endless daylight that plays havoc with sleep rhythms, can be just as deadly as the deep winter. But neither one anticipates the violence that will follow Mildred's murder. Avirtuoso mood piece that works endless changes on its unforgiving landscape.
From the Publisher
“A virtuoso mood piece.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Riveting.... Fans of Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum and Arnaldur Indridason will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440336631
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Series:
Rebecka Martinsson Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
114,628
File size:
619 KB

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Disc 1:; International pilot; James Roday's audition tape; Psych revealed; Inside the writers' room; Character profiles; Audio commentary; Blooper reel; Disc 2:; Deleted scenes; Audio commentaries; Disc 3:; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary; Disc 4:; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary

Meet the Author

Åsa Larsson was born in Kiruna, Sweden, in 1966. She studied in Uppsala and lived for some years in Stockholm but now prefers the rural life with her husband, two children, and several chickens. A former tax lawyer, she now writes full-time and is the author of Sun Storm, winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award, and The Black Path, which Delacorte will publish in 2007.


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Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Three years have passed since Rebecka Martinsson killed three men in self defense and saving the lives of children, but she has not gotten pass the trauma. She cannot sleep and rarely goes to work. When one of the layers at her firm asks her to accompany him to Kiruna, a place she has avoided, she reluctantly agrees to help him try to win the church as a client.-------------- When their business is completed, Rebecka decides to stay there in order to confront her demons. She makes friends with a person who has a man¿s body but a child¿s mind. When church officials ask her to get the key to a murdered priest¿s locker, she does before giving it to them she copies his papers and hands them to the police, which enables her to find peace for the first time in years until another priest is killed and she begins to wonder if another serial killer exists in the area.------------ The first book in this series won Sweden¿s Best Crime Novel Award and readers will agree that THE BLOOD SPLIT is worthy of at least further nominations. This is a literary crime tale with a cast of memorable realistic characters. The audience will feel sorry for Rebecka who has suffered much trauma due to the priest killings. Asa Larsson follows up the terrific SUN STORM with an excellent thriller.------------ Harriet Klausner
igorOR More than 1 year ago
I have read the series and found them to be very good. I could not stop thinking about whatever book I was on. She is a little dark for some readers. Really enjoyed her writing.
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The evil gray she-cat padded in, gazing around with cold blue eyes in content. "This will do." She said to herself, before sitting down and waiting.