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The Blood Spiltby Asa Larsson
Synopses & Reviews
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, sa 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
A virtuoso mood piece.-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Riveting.... Fans of Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum and Arnaldur Indridason will be rewarded.-Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.
The brutal murder of a female priest at the height of the Swedish midsummer sends shock waves through the local community and brings attorney Rebecka Martinsson face to face with a nightmare as she is drawn into the investigation into the case and into the heart of a lethal mystery that threatens to consume her. By the author of Sun Storm. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
sa 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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