The Blood Spilt by Asa Larsson

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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, Åsa 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

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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 January 30, 2007 by Delacorte Press. 354 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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There are also moments when one longs for the intervention of a stronger editorial hand somewhere in the flow from author to translator to reader.The jacket copy describes the book as a “taut, atmospheric mystery.” It is atmospheric.

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Reviewing the Evidence

THE BLOOD SPILT is a book well worth your time, but in many ways would work better as a psychological thriller looking at some very damaged people, rather than as a so-so police procedural – especially given the police seem pretty inefficient.

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Spinetingler Magazine

The murder of the woman, Mildred Nillson, a priest, is reminiscent of that of a male priest murdered in the area in the past.

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Mystery Tribune

While this book is certainly an entertaining read, compared to the first book in the series, Sun Storm, which was a very well-crafted piece of fiction, it might seem less appealing: There are pieces of the story which are disjointed and the graphic scenes of animal torture might not be appealing ...

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