Until Thy Wrath Be Past

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A vivid tale of suspense from one of Sweden's finest crime writers.

As spring arrives in the far north of Sweden, a young woman's body surfaces through the breaking ice of the River Thorne. At the same time, visions of a shadowy figure haunt the dreams of Rebecka Martinsson, a prosecutor in nearby Karuna. Could the body belong to the ghost in her dreams? And where is the dead girl's boyfriend?

Joining forces once again with Police Inspector ...

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Overview

A vivid tale of suspense from one of Sweden's finest crime writers.

As spring arrives in the far north of Sweden, a young woman's body surfaces through the breaking ice of the River Thorne. At the same time, visions of a shadowy figure haunt the dreams of Rebecka Martinsson, a prosecutor in nearby Karuna. Could the body belong to the ghost in her dreams? And where is the dead girl's boyfriend?

Joining forces once again with Police Inspector Anna-Maria Mella, Rebecka finds herself drawn into an investigation that stirs up long-dormant rumors of a German supply plane that went missing in 1943—and of Nazi collaborators in the town, where shame and secrecy shroud the locals' memories of the war.

And on the windswept shore of a frozen lake lurks a murderer who will kill again to keep the past buried forever beneath half a century's silent ice and snow.

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At the start of Swedish author Larsson's stunning fourth crime novel (after The Black Path), the ghost of 17-year-old Wilma Persson describes how she was murdered during a dive beneath the ice of far-north Lake Vittangijärvi while looking for a downed Nazi airplane. Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson, psychologically fragile from previously killing three men in self-defense, and Insp. Anna-Maria Mella, badly shaken when her impulsive actions nearly killed herself and her detective partner, inexorably uncover old passions and vicious crimes in their search for Wilma's killer, but the real allure of Larsson's meticulously crafted narrative lies in her unflinching dissection of human needs and desires. As doom-filled as Larsson's leitmotif of ravens (in old Scandinavia the messengers of Odin, god of poetry and berserker fury), this remarkable tale of twisted love and vengeance and redemptive nonjudgmental devotion resounds, like its epigraph from the Book of Job, with all the pain of human existence. (Aug.)
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"The fourth Rebecka Martinson novel ...may be Larsson's best book so far. The supernatural elements are worked seamlessly into a complex and engaging mystery...thoroughly compelling. Make sure to suggest this one to fans of James Thompson's Finnish mysteries and those who enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction with strong female leads." —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
 
"This remarkable tale of twisted love and vengeance and redemptive nonjudgmental devotion resounds."— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402787164
  • Publisher: SilverOak
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 789,725
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Asa Larsson grew up in Kiruna, Sweden. She is a lawyer who made her writing debut in 2003 with The Savage Altar, which received the Swedish Crime Writers' Association prize for best debut novel. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004.

Laurie Thompson is the distinguished translator of the novels of Henning Mankell, Hakan Nesser, and Ake Edwardson. He was editor of Swedish Book Review (1983-2002).

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    Past is Prologue

    Blending fact and fantasy, this installment in the Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson series begins with a young woman, Wilma, and a lad, Simon, seeking a crashed WW II German airplane by diving in a Swedish lake. The lake is the setting of a contemporary series of murders which the prosecutor and fellow police officers pursue in their investigations as a result of Rebecka’s dream that she feels the girl’s presence in a shadowy way.

    The story unfolds with Wilma’s ghost observing events and providing background as the plot progresses. As the police and Rebecka follow leads, the guilty parties attempt to cover up their past transgressions during 1943 and their collaboration with the Nazis, who used the Swedish railways and hauling concerns to transport soldiers and materiel between Norway and Finland, as the war turned against them.

    The award-winning author writes suspenseful novels and unexpected subjects with clarity. The books are less police procedural than imaginative stories based on crimes and people. Fourth in the series, it is a study in repression, violence and ruthlessness. A very good read, and one that is recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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