Asa Larsson 's Rebecka Martinsson series was included on a list of Top Mysteries Every Woman Should Read by Oprah Winfrey, who called Rebecka Martinsson a "brilliant, believable" female detective. Now in The Second Deadly Sin Rebecka Martinsson's courage to the test once more in her most twisted and unpredictable case yet.
After successfully tracking down and killing a rogue bear in the wilderness of northern Sweden, a group of hunters is shaken by a grisly discovery when they dress the bear carcass: human remains in the stomach. Far away in the remote village of Kurravaara, an elderly woman is found murdered with frenzied brutality, crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed. Her young grandson, known to live with her, is nowhere to be found.
Only Kiruna prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson sees a connection between the two events, but thanks to the machinations of a jealous rival, she is dropped from the case. Continuing to pursue answers in an unofficial capacity, and with the reluctant assistance of her friend and police inspector Anna-Maria Mella, Rebecka stands alone against a ruthless killer. At the root of it all is a horrifying, century-old crime, the tendrils of which continue to hold the small community in their grip.
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About the Author
Asa Larsson was born and grew up in Kiruna, Sweden. The former lawyer's first book, The Savage Altar, was published in 2003 and won the Swedish Crime Writers' Association prize for best debut novel. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004. The previous Rebecka Martinsson novel is Until Thy Wrath Be Past.
Laurie Thompson is the distinguished translator of the novels of Henning Mankell and Hakan Nesser, among others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The newest entry in the Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson series begins with the discovery of the carcass of a massive bear, evidence indicating that he had mauled and feasted upon a human victim. Not long after, in distant Kurravaara, Martinsson is assigned the investigation into the brutal killing of a woman, Sol-Britt Uusitalo, the daughter of the man identified as that victim, murdered in her bed; her seven-year-old grandson, who lived with her, is nowhere to be found. As the investigation continues, it soon appears that Sol-Britt’s grandfather and grandmother had years ago each also been murdered, in separate incidents, and three years earlier her son was run over in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident. Like police everywhere in the world, neither Rebecka nor any of her colleagues believed in coincidence. As always, there are office politics in play as Rebecka is soon officially taken off the case. But that’s never hampered her before, nor does it here. Essential to the tale are glimpses into Rebecka’s private life, including her on-again-off-again romance with one of the partners in the Stockholm law firm where she used to work, and her colleagues, chiefly mother-of-four Inspector Anna-Maria Mella and Krister Eriksson, the police dog handler (learning to live with the fact that he and Rebecka are destined to be no more than friends), and her neighbor, Sivving, who is “closer to her than anybody else in the world,” and all their respective canine pets, who become as much a part of the tale as any of the humans. The writing is lovely, e.g.: “Who can love perfection? No, love requires solicitude, and solicitude requires the loved one to have faults, requires wounds, frailty. Love wants to heal. Perfection has no need of healing. Perfection cannot be loved, merely worshipped.” The action takes place in the winter in the far north of Lapland, whose atmosphere is wonderfully well-evoked by the author, as “forbidding as the creaking, squeaking, relentless midwinter.” The present-day chapters frequently alternate with flashbacks to the period between 1914, when the was in Europe is escalating into WWII, through the end of the war in 1919, and for the next several years up to and including 1926, when their relevance is made crystal clear. The author has in previous novels proven herself masterful in using this device, and this is no exception. After just having finished this author’s “Until Thy Wrath Be Past,” this equally intriguing tale was another treat, and is also recommended.
This book, the fifth Asa Larsson novel with protagonist Rebecka Martinsson has brought Ms Larsson's writing to a higher level. The plot is is complex and entertaining. Prosecutor Martinsson is more fully revealed, sympathetic and can be compared to Henning Markwell's, Kurt Wallander as a fully formed complex human being. This book is a great read.
This kept my attention. Enjoyed the book
I have been a fan of this series since the first book, however, after reading this book, I won't be reading another. No fewer than 3 dogs died in this book, which I find disturbing as it was not a book about someone who kills dogs, so to kill 3 is just too creepy for me. It's too bad, because there are other things about the character and series I like, but I can't get past the dead dogs. Good-bye, Rebekka.