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The Second Deadly Sin Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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"Compelling . . . Larsson excels at creating engaging, complex characters whose interactions and development provide as much forward momentum as the search for the killer."―Publishers Weekly
"With a more literary approach to the genre... Larsson remains one of the brightest stars in the current Nordic firmament... perceptive touches quicken the narrative throughout, and the characterization of the bloody-minded Rebecka (who Larsson really puts through the mill here) keeps The Second Deadly Sin firmly grounded."―Barry Forshaw, The Independent
"A must read series for me and the novel's ending hints at new directions for Rebecka which should shake up future books a little."―Louise Welsh, Crimepieces
"shows that Larsson is yet another powerful Nordic storyteller"―Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Åsa Larsson's books have a strong feeling of female empowerment, and not just through the strong female leads of Rebecka and Anna-Marie. This book manages to cleverly pass comment on how arrogance, pompousness and at times, weakness in a subset of men can lead to undesirable outcomes (though I should say that most men in the story are depicted in a much more favourable light!). It also shows how strong ties and co-operation between women are important in finding solutions. Rebecka's vulnerability and sense of past, combined with her strong-mindedness determination, thoughtfulness, and ever-developing character is something the reader can empathise and engage with. An interesting plot, combined with intriguing characters, means that all I want now is to read the next outing in the series! And, as always, there is a great translation from Laurie Thompson."―EuroCrime
"I'm a big Åsa Larsson fan: the first two books in the series are some of my favorites. Rebecka is not a typical heroine, her cases are tough on her, and the setting in extreme northern Sweden is vivid."―Ms. Wordopolis
"engrossing . . . The story is unique, well-written and keeps you guessing on who the murderer(s) is. I would definitely recommend this."―BooksGalore
"Fascinating . . . The reader's attention is held hostage from the onset with action and suspense."―Terrific Reads
"I must go back to the beginning and read this series."―Books Movies Reviews Oh My
"The author has in previous novels proven herself masterful and this is no exception . . . having finished this author's "Until Thy Wrath Be Past," this equally intriguing tale was another treat, and is also recommended."―Gloria Feit, Midwest Book Review
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Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is initially assigned to the murder investigation, until one of her colleagues (Carl von Post) contrives to have her removed. He takes over the investigation and Martinsson takes leave. But she doesn’t stop thinking about the case, or looking into it.
There’s a second older story woven through the novel. One hundred years earlier when Kiruna was a new town, Elina Pettersson, a young school teacher arrives determined to make a new life for herself. She falls in love, is betrayed and then brutally murdered. The story of who betrayed Elina and who murdered her and why makes sad reading.
The story moves between the contemporary investigations into Sol-Britt Uusitalo’s murder, the fate of her grandson Marcus, and the story of Elina Pettersson. The connections between the stories gradually become clearer as does the motive for murder. Rebecka Martinsson has to make a number of choices, and one of them tore at her heart (and mine).
This is my first Åsa Larsson novel, and I’ll be looking to read the others. Rebecka Martinsson is an intriguing character, as are some of the others who people the novel. Dogs are also important in this story, with one in particular being a hero. It’s black and bleak, but there’s hope as well – for some. I found this novel challenging and while I recommend it, it’s not for the squeamish.
‘The moon is like a cold white goddess in the black sky.’
In THE SECOND DEADLY SIN, I am unsure of what sin the author is going for in here as it seems to heavily hint at avarice which is the third deadly sin not the second. But no matter, the story has two story lines with one of them set in the past during WWI and goes into the origins of Kiruna, a mining town, that was instrumental in providing iron ore to other countries during the war. The present day investigation involves the suspicious deaths of several people throughout the most recent years and the present murder of a woman found stabbed to death in her bed. Her grandson, who probably witnessed the murder, is traumatized by the incident. The story tries to untangle the family tree to point to links to will lead to a viable motive.
What made this story less compelling was the WW1 storyline that involved a doomed school teacher. It was cliched and predictable. The present day murder case was a bit convoluted with Rebecka being pulled off the preliminary investigation for no good reason only for her to do some sleuthing on her own. The office politics thatI usually enjoy was more of a nuisance in this entry. The ending was a mixed bag with over the top action sequences.Read more ›
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Have read all Larssons previou books and enjoyed them very much. This one, however is her best to date.Published 14 days ago by Gary B. Clark
Well done, consistent lead character whose conscience and devotion to duty are unswerving.Published 25 days ago by Barbara A. Gots
A circle of friends and I love all of Asa Larrson's books so far, and can hardly wait for the final volume in the series!Published 2 months ago by Chris Seitz
Another very good book in the series with a "grab you" opening. I love the setting in northern Sweden. Hard to put down.Published 3 months ago by Audrey
This is book #5 centered on the tenacious prosecutor Rebecka Martinson. I am hooked on the series and could not wait to read this latest offering from Larsson. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nitenurse
And also a historical perspective on the treatment of servants and mine workers in the early 20th century. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RD
I have enjoyed Larsson's books up til now, but her misandry is getting over the top. It may sell, but not to me.Published 5 months ago by C. Hansen
The writing is really good.
The narrative structure using the classic technique of alternating chapters: one chapter in the present and one in the past, but very well... Read more