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The Black Path (Rebecka Martinsson) Paperback – July 29, 2008
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Yes, there is a central mystery. Yes, there are police people searching out clues. Yes, there is CSI-like pathology stuff. But, by the third book, The Black Path, it is almost secondary.
Asa Larsson and her interpreter have an AMAZING way with words! The images conjured up are amazing and breathtaking. And she builds incredibly rich characters that you watch grow and change and evolve throughout the story. And they are so unforgettable! Rebecka and Sivving and Nalle and Mans and Swen-Erik....
There is a distinct structure to the novels that I am really enjoying, but that is very different from other police procedurals (like those of Mankell) -- so be warned.
This book is not a total waste of time if you have to kill time on a plane or at an airport but if you are looking for an enjoyable murder mystery, don't waste your time.
This thriller takes place in Sweden. A woman is found murdered in a lake house and it appears that she was tortured by electrocution and stabbed multiple times. Her name is Ina Wattring and she is the public relations officer for Kallis Mines, a multi-national mining company with ties to mines in conflict-laden African nations. Ina and her brother Didi both work for Mauri Kallis, the mine's owner. They all met while college students and this book goes back and forth in time, providing the reader with information about what is happening currently along with the back story of the protagonists.
The investigators for this crime are Inspectors Anna-Maria Mella and Sven-Erik Stalnacko. They are joined by Rebecka Martinson, an attorney who has recently recovered from a terrible psychiatric breakdown which sounds like post-traumatic stress disorder. She was hospitalized for some time and this is her first case since being discharged.
The investigation of the case is very interesting and it goes into the workings of the mine and the people who run it. I especially enjoyed the back stories of the characters which help to flesh them out. Interestingly, the people who are least fleshed out are the investigators.
I was disappointed with the ending as it seemed to come out of nowhere like a deus ex machina. However, the reading experience was great and I hope to read more books by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ever since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I've been slightly obsessed with Nordic crime fiction. Thankfully many works have been translated to English. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet K. Nabring-Stager
While the story kept me interested, I found the lengthy subplots distracting. Still a great read, though, by a great writer.Published 5 months ago by Richard Cuccaro
Asa is a great authour. There must be something about those dark winter nights that brings out such creative works from Sweden. Read morePublished 6 months ago by xxup
Larsson has created an interesting protagonist in Martinsson. A damaged and troubled person who manages to antagonise the wrong kind of enemy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peter
The author continues the story of Rebecca. The last book ended with her such dire straits I didn't think she could go on. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ronald
I loved this book. Loved the plot, the characters, her descriptions of the scenery e.g. snow, ice, wind and trees. Read morePublished 15 months ago by helen douglas
Asa weaves her tales well so you never get bored. You always want to know what happened next. She'll create suspense by leaking a future outcome so you know what will happen, but... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MikeTP