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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.
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“A virtuoso mood piece.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Riveting.... Fans of Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum and Arnaldur Indridason will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
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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