The Black Path by Asa Larsson

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A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide memorably in Åsa Larsson’s masterpiece of suspense—a tale of menace, hope, longing, and darkness beyond imagining.

The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman—found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them—was a key player in a mining company whose tentacles reach across the globe. Anna-Maria needs a lawyer to help explain some things—and she knows one of the best.

Attorney Rebecka Martinsson is desperate to get back to work, to feel alive again after a case that almost destroyed her. Soon Rebecka is prying into the affairs of the dead woman’s boss, the founder of Kallis Mining, whose relationship with his star employee was both complex and ominous. But what Rebecka and Anna-Maria are about to uncover—a tangled drama of secrets, perversion, and criminality—will lay bare a tale as shocking as it is sad…about a man’s obsession, a woman’s lonely death, and a killer’s cold, cold heart.


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About Asa Larsson

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Ã…sa Larsson was born in 1966; she grew up in Kiruna and now lives in Mariefred. She is a qualified lawyer and made her debut in 2003 with Sun Storm, which was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers' Association Prize for best debut novel. The sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004. The books were an immediate success; they have been sold to ten countries, and are being launched in the United States; the film rights have been sold to Sandrew Metronome.
 
Published July 29, 2008 by Delta. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shifting between present and past with disconcerting rapidity, Larsson reveals the intricacies of Inna’s past with her brother Diddi, an incompetent who ends up handling Kallis Mining’s finances, and Mauri Kallis, a local boy who makes good beyond his wildest dreams.

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The Bookbag

Each will read well as a standalone novel but you will find hints - clues - as to what happened in earlier books.

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Reviewing the Evidence

All that said, Larsson has a definite gift for developing intriguing characters and putting them in dramatic situations that draw out their complexity.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Her second appearance, The Blood Spilt, won best Swedish crime novel of the year but reduced her to the plight in which we find her at the start of this, the third Larsson book to be translated.

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Shots

Going to work as a Special Prosecutor in Kiruna, Martinsson becomes involved in the investigation surrounding the murder of lawyer Inna Wattrang, who was found frozen in a fishing ark in the middle of northern Sweden.

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