The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson #2)
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The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson #2)

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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...more
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Published January 30th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published June 1st 2004)
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Ellie
The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson is the second in the series of books featuring Rebecka Martinsson, a tax lawyer working in Stockholm who has been traumatized by her involvement in a murder-three murders in fact. She has not been able to recover from the trauma that took place near her childhood home. Now she has returned to Kiruna and to the scene of another crime, one involving the murder of a priest (as had the first crime). The priest was a controversial, charismatic woman about whom people we...more
Lane
I haven't been able to find Sun Storm, so I had to start with this, the second in the series. I liked it very much. I agree with Lisa that the author has painted Rebecka Martinsson as rather pitiful, but after what she has been through, I feel that it,s probably pretty realistic. The wolf story didn't aggravate me as much as it did some of you, but I tend to be pretty literal, so if it was laden with lots of symbolism, it was lost on me. I did like the fact that the wolf made her own way, got he...more
Trilby
After requiring weeks of psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs after reading Larsson's mega-bummer "The Black Path," I was very hesitant to pick up this novel, which precedes the aforementioned blackness. "Blood" has a similar setting and similar cast of characters as "Black," but it's not nearly as, well, black, or even bloody.

I can see why "Blood" was voted Sweden's best mystery novel of 2007. Larsson's psychological perceptiveness as she sketches out a number of minor characters is impressive....more
Lisa Lewis
This is the second book in an interesting series by this author, a Swedish crime fiction writer. I enjoyed it in some ways better than the first, maybe due to the poetic inclusion of scenes from the point of view of a wolf who plays a small role in the story. Unfortunately, the primary character of the first book, Rebecka Martinsson, plays a smaller role in this book and seems such a pathetic character, I found myself wishing at times that the author could have been a little kinder to her. The p...more
Jrobertus
I "read" this book as an unabridged audio on a recent trip. Her writing is good, and the plot had potential, but this never made it as a thriller. It is just waly too slow. It is really a book about feminism and psychology, which is alright, unless you are expecting a detective story. In this one, a lady minister is found murdered and hung up in her church. we then try to figure who done it via an ongoing multi-threaded narrative and lots of flash backs. The priest is polarizing, with strong bac...more
Anna
Feb 23, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the fans of Nordic crime
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
I'd recommend reading this series in order, otherwise you'll get a painful start. Sun Storm is the book #1, which I didn't have the patience to wait to find before reading this one. When starting with this book, Rebecka is introduced as a depressed, barely functional (PTSD) woman who just casually is mentioned to have killed three men. Wait, what? An attorney who just happened to kill three men and is now on sick leave? They left it like that, so it's only 40 pages later when they go back to the...more
Maria
Mais uma vez não fiquei desiludida com Åsa Larsson. Depois de Aurora Boreal, livro que já tinha lido anteriormente e que tinha adorado, parti com grandes expectativas para este Sangue Derramado e estas foram largamente superadas. Sequela de Aurora Boreal, aconselho os estreantes de Åsa Larsson a lerem o primeiro livro antes deste, até porque a personagem principal Rebecka Martinsson volta novamente a estar em destaque na resolução dos homicídios que vão surgir na pequena localidade de Kiruna.
Fig...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
I must apologise for my lack of posting lately; my personal life has been fairly hectic and I have also been in the unfortunate situation of reading a book that didn’t really grab me. This rarely happens to me, and I find it quite uncomfortable when it does happen, because who am I to judge someone’s writing? Yes we are all entitled to our opinions, but this author is a well regarded Scandinavian author, and that is far more than I can say for myself. So I persevered, as I will always do, becaus...more
Iowa City Public Library
Author Asa Larsson won Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award for her mystery, Sun Storm. I found her second effort, The Blood Spilt, on the Library’s New Fiction shelves. The main character, Rebecka Martinsson is a tax attorney recovering from events that occurred in the first book (she shot several people in order to save some children….or so I gathered). She gets pulled into the death of a murdered female priest that is being investigated by team leader Anna-Maria Mella, just back from materni...more
Mysterytribune
Review: The Blood Spilt By Åsa Larsson

Åsa Larsson is one of the Swedish crime-writers whose name is now very well-known; thanks both to her style and also the recent appeal of Scandinavian crime. Although born in Uppsala, she was raised in Kiruna (North of Sweden). Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Larsson was a tax lawyer, a profession she shares with the heroine of her novels, Rebecka Martinsson. Her first novel published in the UK (under the title The Savage Altar), was shortlisted for th...more
Alberto Garcia
UFFFFFFF. A pesar de que el primero me había gustado bastante, este ha sido uno de los que más he sufrido en lo que va de año. Solo lo he terminado porque soy maniático con eso de dejar los libros a medias. Pero he de reconocer, que desde el 60% ha sido una lectura en diagonal.

Todo el ecosistema de personajes me ha parecido confuso. LLegado a un punto, con todos los Winkstromm, Largusson y Tjorvsen, además de que me parecían todos iguales, no sabía si se refería a una persona o al último modelo...more
Gail
Mar 08, 2012 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery/thiller/suspense fans, especially for people who like character driven fiction
Well, I read book 3 first and just completed book 2, The Blood Spilt. I feel the weight of this story like a heaviness in the heart and an ache of sadness for certain characters. The story of Yellowlegs is told so beautifully, at least Yellowlegs has a happy ending. This story is told with such a haunting tone, Rebecka Martinsson is certainly haunted, but so are many of the characters in this story. The fourth book in this series, Until Thy Wrath be Past, is now available for me at the library s...more
Celeste
Poor Rebecka Martinsson - how much more can this character take? At one point in the book I became almost angry with the author for taking an already damaged person and putting her in another horrifying situation. But it works - and unlike many characters, Rebecka is not "strong in spite of it all" or anything similarly girl-power-y. She's a total mess, which feels realistic (well, as realistic as a murder-mystery novel will ever feel). I also love the style of writing - going from one character...more
Nicole
Sure, it's not the best mystery I've ever read, and the portions "told by" the anthropomorphized shewolf were indulgent. But this book is outstanding for its ability to convey a sense of place. Larsson made me feel like I was in small-town northern Sweden right along with the characters. And it was conveyed with a pitch-perfect mix of affection and critical perspective.

I also appreciated the way Larsson dealt with the aftermath of Rebecka Martinsson's trauma in the previous novel. Too many autho...more
Estel
This is the second book I read by this author. Imust say that I found the first somewhat better, but both are pretty similar to one another. I think that this one was a little disappointing. I'm not really into crime fiction, so maybe the flaws I found are just part of the genre rules. There were many parts that had nothing to do with the plot, and that, in my opinion, have no place in the book. Take the example of Rebecka's boss, Anna-Maria Mella's daily life, the wolf in the forest, and so on....more
Lc16
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Pablos
Bohaterką książki o tym jakże wydumanym tytule jest Rebeka Martinsson, z zawodu prawniczka. Poznajemy ją w chwili, gdy przeżywa trudne chwile; otóż okazuje się, że ma na sumieniu życie ludzkie. Tamte wydarzenia opisuje debiutancka powieść pisarki, o jeszcze bardziej nieciekawym tytule: “Burza z krańców ziemi”, jednak na chwilę obecną książka ta nie jest w naszym kraju dostępna pod postacią ebooka, zatem trzeba zacząć od tomu drugiego.

Rebeka jest, nie ma sensu owijać w bawełnę, w rozsypce. Od daw...more
Ly-ann Low
Not like Stieg's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy at all.

In my my mind, a crime thriller is meant to drop clues within the pages of the narrative and put together a solution that makes itself known gradually. But in Asa's thrillers, the clues are almost negligible, or at least insufficient for the reader to have put together a probably cause even. Which means, you know the crime will not so much be solved but be revealed toward the end without a pattern - just a revelation by the criminal.

I...more
Rosemary
The second in Asa Larsson's Rebecka Martinsson series. This one follows Rebecka's recovery from the trauma she suffered at the end of the first book, and her return to Kiruna to heal. Naturally, while there, she gets caught up in another murder. The character development here is excellent, though the story--involving the murder of yet another clergyman--bears a little too much resemblance to the plot in the first. Also, why do dogs have to die in every installment of this series?! Now I know why...more
Ewelina
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Pamela
Open wounds.

Rebecka Martinssen, our erstwhile high functioning tax attorney struggles with the after-effects of severe emotional traumas from her experiences in her hometown in Kiruna Municipality. Trauma in plural, because, although she managed to get away from Kiruna and build a life for herself, her abuse experiences as a young adult have lain dormant. When she returned to Kiruna, confrontation with her perpetrator(s), and a disturbed killer, have re-traumatized her, and added trauma to traum

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Bartek
Feb 22, 2011 Bartek rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanom Skandynawskiego Kryminału
Shelves: 2011
Jeśli dobrze pamiętam, miałem w zasięgu "Burzę z końca świata" wydaną parę lat temu, jednak było to zanim odkryłem uroki skandynawskiego kryminału. W efekcie z Asą Larsson zetknąłem się dopiero teraz. Oczywiście są przywoływane wydarzenia z pierwszej książki cyklu: ba, duża część zachowań bohaterki ma związek z nich wynikającą. Jednak nie są to powiązania tak ścisłe jak w np. trylogii z Oslo Nesbo.
Rebeka Martinsson, młoda prawniczka, pół roku wcześniej, w obronie własnej, zabiła trójkę ludzi. Je...more
Susana
I've just loved all Asa Larsson books I've read so far. There are many reasons for this.
First, the main character, Rebecca Martinsson is a really interesting character, I love the fact that it is really easy to feel identified with her emotions and reflections. She's got sense of humour, as well as some really bad shit going on in her mind. The way she faces her problems and connects to other people is also very moving.
Another reason why I really like these books is how nature becomes a charac...more
Richard
A wonderful piece of writing.
After our first encounter with Rebecka Martinsson the story moves on with her trying to piece her life together in this second book.
Dark and broody. About place and the status quo. A novel again around the brutal killing of a priest.
Slowly we learn of the deceased's influence for good or ill on her flock and the influence she has on others and the various motives/responses she draws out of others who either love her or detest her in equal measure.
Beautifully told in...more
Sandy Cox
Rebecka’s recovery has not been easy. The events of Sun Storm left her drained and barely able to function. She’s not even really working for her law firm as she’s been put on leave until she is fit to work again, but she’s been asked to travel with a senior partner to a small village for business. A small village only miles from Kiruna, where the madness began.

Now another priest has been murdered and Rebecka can’t stop herself from being pulled in.

This time we’re meeting a very different Rebec...more
Rosa
Well... what can I say... It was ok but I didn't like how the author resolve the story at the end and at some points her style irks me.
In this one Rebecka bothers me a lot, she need help but she acts like a zombie that moves for inertia through the end. And her "relationship" with Mans for me is so childish... for God sake, they're adults! I don't get their attitude: I'm worried about you but I don't talk to you just in case... You serious?? I don't see the point of including their interaction...more
Al

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 m

...more
Weaverannie
Het was al lang geleden, dat ik een Scandinavische thriller gelezen had, en deze lag er al een tijdje.
Ik wil niet zeggen, dat ik het boek in een adem heb uitgelezen, daarvoor was het te dik, maar het scheelde weinig.Het boeide me vanaf de eerste bladzijde.
Nader onderzoek wees uit, dat dit het tweede deel was van een serie van vijf boeken. Allemaal met als hoofdpersoon de advocate Rebecka Martinsson. Gelukkig was het boek prima zelfstandig te lezen.
Van VN krijgt het maar twee sterren in de Detect...more
Maharet
Io adoro Asa Larsson, mi piace come scrive, mi piace quello che scrive, mi piacciono le storie che racconta e i suoi personaggi: ha quello stile secco ed essenziale che secondo me per i thriller è perfetto perché ti da l'idea tangibile della tensione che sale.
Avevo letto “Tempesta solare” l'anno scorso e mi aveva aperto un mondo, lo avevo trovato davvero un thriller favoloso e scritto benissimo: cosa che si può dire anche di questo libro, ma questa seconda avventura di Rebecka Martinsson mi ha c...more
Ape
Det tog lite tid för mig att komma igång med boken, men efter att jag hade kommit över det, var boken värt att läsa. Typiskt nog, är denna boken del två i en serie. Jag visste inte när jag började, men tänkte att det kändes som om jag hade dykit upp halvvägs i en samtal. Jag lyckas göra detta ganska ofta med den här typen av böcker! Men jag klarade mig ändå och tyckte om boken. Rebecka Martinsson eller vad hon heter... är det meningen att hon är ledmotiv i de här böckerna? För min del var det sa...more
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Åsa Larsson is a Swedish crime-writer. Although born in Uppsala, she was raised in Kiruna in the far north. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Larsson was a tax lawyer, a profession she shares with the heroine of her novels, Rebecka Martinsson.


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