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Tempesta solare (Rebecka Martinsson #1)

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A Kiruna, una terra avvolta nell'eterna notte polare, giace il corpo massacrato del predicatore più famoso della Svezia, morto per la seconda volta. La prima volta era stato investito da un'auto ma si era risvegliato e aveva raccontato del regno fra la vita e la morte. Diventato una star, aveva usato la sua nuova forza per riunificare tre diverse congregazioni in un'unica,...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published 2005 by Marsilio (first published 2003)
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I've been on a Scandinavian writers' kick since I read and fell hard for 'Out Stealing Horses,' by Per Petterson last August. After reading all three of Petterson's books, (reviewing so far only the first,) I turned to the genre which Nordic writers seem to dominate these days---the suspense novel. A recent trip to Iceland prompted me to pick up first 'Voices,' by Arnaldur Indridason, which I intend later to write about, but will just say for now that it is a subject on which I am emphatically t...more
I can't believe the high ratings. I am so disappointed by this. It's extremely bad written, and 80% of the book is just uninteresting. The ending was laughable at least. No one would believe that.

I absolutely hated all the characters with no exception. All of them were flat and unrealistic. And I dunno why they are swearing all the single time. I found them to be rude, unpolite, and disgusting.

Especially hated Rebecka and Sanna. Rebecka was extremely annoying as a main character. She doesn't h...more
Joyce Lagow
A charismatic religious leader is found brutally murdered and mutilated inside the modern church of a thriving fundamentalist congregation in a town in northern Sweden. The sister of the murdered man calls her former close friend, Rebecka Martinsson, in Stockholm, pleading for help. Reluctantly, Rebecka takes time off from the law firm for which she works to head north, just for a few days, to help out her distraught friend. Unwittingly she is drawn into the investigation for the killer.[return]...more
Manoela Padilh
After the boom that was Stieg Larsson's trilogy, several Nordic authors began to gain knowledge in the international literary world. Åsa Larsson came in their midst, and with the good fortune to have the same surname as the master, compared with it in style and story. Good luck, I say, because if I knew how it was that book wouldn’t even started it.

The main character is Rebecka Martinsson, a tax attorney from a firm in Stockholm. And by that I mean: an annoying girl who always seems to be a litt...more
Black Dog Reviews
Reading Swedish crime fiction makes me wonder: is Sweden really so full of murder and evilness? Or do the dark, cold winter days and nights encourage sinister novels focused on the dark area of the human psyche?

Sun Storm, winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award, deals with religion, hypocrisy, abuse, mental illness, and perhaps redemption over the course of the story. It’s setting of Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, is important. Its remoteness and isolation are integral to the s...more
I had to return this to the library once because I had checked it out for so long. I got laid off and suddenly found myself with more time... and thought a Fourth of July holiday at the beach was the most appropriate time to start a murder mystery set in the north of Sweden in the darkest, coldest parts of winter.

Really liked the two main characters of this mystery. Rebecca Martinson is a likable lawyer who works too hard and tries too diligently to distance herself from her small town past in...more
Dark Ruby Girl
so, I brought this book for 20p in a charity shop, the dark red cover with a faint outline of a cross and the big, bold white writing of the title caught my attention, and the description of the book made it seem gory, if a little bit scary. But I've got to nearly 200 pages, and I find myself re reading paragraphs because I've forgotten what has happened, or sometimes I have to start again from the top of the page, also I don't really like the main character, I started to like her a bit more as...more
[copio el comentario que hice en books.livingsocial.com]

Lo añadí a mi lista de lecturas, aunque los comentarios no son muy alentadores; pero me gustó la reseña. Me lo regalaron (primer libro que me regalan gracias a mi "wishlist"), y me lo he leído en unas semanas (porque leo en pequeños ratos, cuando puedo).

Le pongo un 8,5 al libro, pero un 6 a la traducción. Hay expresiones que, en mi opinión, podrían haberse traducido mejor: "Hizo una PREGUNTA MÚLTIPLE sobre el propietario. Juzgado por maltra...more
Alber Vázquez
De puta madre, me ha gustado. El libro ha empezado flojo, pero ha ido cogiendo impulso a medida que la historia avanzaba. Lo que menos me gusta: esos flashbacks que, como recurso narrativo, son una mierda: si tienes que explicar cosas que le pasaron a un personaje, móntatelo como puedas, pero no escribas flashbacks porque apestan. Lo que más me gusta: Åsa Larsson carece de ese sentimiento de culpa tan propio de los escritores negros escandinavos. Cuando escribe, le importa tres cojones el hambre...more
Não consegui estabelecer ligação. Acho que tem personagens a mais e situações desnecessárias.
The first of three books by Asa Larsson, a Swedish lawyer who also writes mysteries.
Rebecka Martinsson is a tax attorney (now how boring is that?) in Stockholm, but travels back to her childhood home in Kiruna (in the far north of Sweden) at the request of the sister of a man who was murdered.
From the first pages of the book:
-When Victor Strandgard dies it is not, in fact, for the first time. He lies on his back in the church called The Source of All Our Strength and looks up through the enormo...more
Libby Chester
What is it with these Nordic writers? I've read Steig Larsson's 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jussi Adler-Olsen's 'The Keeper of Lost Causes,' and now, 'Sun Storm,' by Asa Larsson. They really have quite a flair for building a suspenseful story with characters who are intriguing, flawed, and intensely credible. Although, I haven't felt compelled to pick up the sequels to 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' I enjoyed Steig Larsson's style of writing. 'The Keeper of Lost Causes,' and 'Sun Storm,' have...more
This was a relatively easy read Scandi-crime novel - short chapters, story that flowed throughout and a good introduction to a new crime solver. It was also very atmospheric with fab descriptions of the Aurora Borealis and the snow.

(I bought this book last Christmas for my husband and he enjoyed it as well. I bought it because, back in 2010, we went to Kiruna in Northern Sweden (in the Arctic Circle and Swedish Lappland) with the objective of seeing the Aurora Borealis. We were also there on th...more
When she discovers the mutilated body of the revivalist preacher and her brother, Viktor, laid out in ritualistic style, on the floor of The Source of All Our Strength church, Sanna turns to her old friend Rebecka Martinsson for support. Despite her demanding work schedule as a Tax lawyer in a large law practice in Stockholm, and her reservations about her own past in connection with the church, Rebecka heads back to the small town and community to help.

The chief prosecutor on the case seems to...more
Depois de ler Aurora Boreal não fiquei surpreendida pelo próprio Stieg Larson ter confessado ser seu admirador incondicional. De facto, este foi dos melhores policiais que li nos últimos tempos.
Adorei a escrita da autora que nos transporta de uma forma sublime para uma pequena localidade sueca e nos faz viver a própria estória. Envolve-nos nos meandros de uma comunidade espiritual que via em Viktor Strandgard um exemplo a seguir, colocando-o quase no mesmo prisma de Deus. Seguiam todos os seus p...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Another Goodreads recommendation from the ever impressive Nordic/Scandinavian writers, the first in a series featuring a character called Rebecka Martinsson, a Stockholm Attorney who left her small town life behind her under a cloud of ill-will, but is now called back by an old childhood friend called Sanna, when she is accused of murdering her brother. Viktor, is a preacher in an amalgamated church group and he has been murdered in a most brutal and horrific manner and found by his sister in th...more
On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled - and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall....So begins Ãsa Larsson's spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden's Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.

Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, wh...more
WOW! I'm actually glad I read this one after the others: it's as if I'd met some people and knew a bit about them, and now we're sharing a bottle of wine, and I'm getting the detailed story about how it all began. Larsson's characters are so vivid, I keep thinking, I know that person, I know someone just like that! I love how the women have minds of their owns and don't react in a stereotypical way.

What I loved best was that Larsson doesn't need to explain everything as they do in some mysteries...more
Sue McAvoy
I read a lot of Scandinavian crime fiction, from the Martin Beck series right up to Jo Nesbo, but this one took me by surprise. It had four elements, all handled beautifully: An alien world (the frozen world of the Arctic Circle), religious mania (life inside the cult and after escaping), a brutal murder investigated, and a troubled heroine.

After reading, I told friends about this author (maybe too much!) and then discovered the next two books and loved the character arc of Rebecka over all thre...more
Sun Storm's is a Well written Scandinavian murder mystery. The title references the magnetic storms responsible for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). I love the way Larsson captures the feel of winter in the far north. I've traveled to Bodo, Norway, which is quite near the setting of the novel in Kiruna, Sweden.

This book won Sweden's Best First Crime Novel Award. Whenever I read a novel that has been translated, I wonder how closely the original text has been followed. In any case, Marla...more
The Savage Altar (or The Sun Storm) is an example of one aspect of Scandinavian life that seems to be attracting quite a bit of attention lately: the effect of fundamentalist Christianity on society. A well-beloved man, active in an evangelist church, is found brutally murdered, with his eyes gouged out. His sister falls under suspicion, the devout and scatterbrained Sanna, who calls her oldest friend Rebecka Martinsson, the heroine of this book, to help her. Rebecka has her own bitter past link...more
Åsa Larsson's debut novel, Sun Storm won Sweden's prize for best first crime novel--quite a distinction, if you consider how many excellent specimens come out of that country every year. It was perhaps this fact, and not the macabre plot description (or the fact that the heroine is a tax lawyer) that initially interested me in the novel. And I'm happy to say that all hyperbolic, hysteric plot devolutions aside (we'll get to these), this was a very enjoyable read.

Sun Storm has a lot going for it:...more
SUN STORM (Thriller-Stockholm, Sweden-Cont) – VG
Larsson, Asa – 1st book
Delacorte Press, 2003 – US Hardcover – ISBN 038533981X
First Sentence: When Viktor Strandgård dies it is not, in fact, for the first time.
***Attorney Rebecka Martinsson left her hometown in disgrace but is now returning to help her friend Sanna whose brother, Viktor has been murdered. Viktor had been revived from death and became the center of a revivalist following from which cam e the building of the Crystal Church. Rebec...more
Myndi segja 3,5 stjörnur.

Þetta er fyrsta bók Åsu og hef ég áður lesið bækur 3 og 4, það var mér því nokkuð augljóst að stíll Åsu hefur batnað eftir bókum. Á þessari var örlítill byrjendabragur, hún fer víða yfir, sögumiðjan flakkar óþarflega oft og hratt og það vantar að þætta sumar persónur betur inn í söguna. En fléttan var góð.

Lýsingar á mannlífi og náttúru smábæjar í Norður Svíþjóð gæða söguna svo einhverju meira en krimmar sem gerast í iðrum steinsteypu, glers og málma stórborga heimsins....more
First book by this author for me. Very good flow ...totally wanted to just read. A city tax lawyer returns to her hometown because of a shocking murder of an old friend. All the problems that arise from cult religion came into this, including the quest for money and power over faith but using faith. Quote I liked, Weak people are often drawn to the church. And people who want power over weak people are also drawn there..unquote. Says it all! A very good read. Enjoyed the references to the amazin...more
I loved this book! It was such a good read with believeable characters.

Rebecka sees on the news that a man has been murdered. The victim is the brother of someone who used to be very good friends with Rebecka. Sanna, his sister, calls Rebecka and asks her to represent her when she speaks to the police. Despite Rebecka not being a criminal lawyer she does and we are given a glimpse of the somewhat strained relationship that has emerged between them. As the book goes on we learn more about Viktor,...more
Larsson's writing and language is a cut above most other Swedish mystery writers. The main character Rebecca Martinsson returns to her home town, a rural village. It is a place she has visited infrequently in the past 10 years and as the story unfolds,we find out her reasons. This small town has become well known for an evangelical mega-church which lies at the center of the murder and the unfolding mystery. The writing kept me turning pages. At time I had some difficulty keeping the characters...more
I read an ARC of the fifth book in Asa Larsson's series about tax-attorney-turned-detective Rebecka Martinsson a few weeks ago, and decided I needed to read the earlier books to catch up. This first installment introduces Rebeckah and explains how she ended up working in a high-powered law firm in Stockholm after a quiet, rural upbringing in Kiruna, the furthest-north city in Sweden.

Many of the characters from the later books are introduced here, including the Marge-Gundersen-like police office...more
Van crimezone
‘Vergelijkbaar met Kerstin Ekman’, ‘Eindelijk heeft de Noorse crime-koningin, Karin Fossum, een waardige tegenhanger.’ Dat staat op de achterflap van het boek Zonnestorm. Nu word ik daar niet echt opgewonden van, want op bijna elk boek staat tegenwoordig een aanbeveling van een bekende auteur of een vergelijking met een schrijver die goed verkoopt. De vergelijkingen met Nicci French vlogen je de afgelopen jaren om de oren. Daar word ik een beetje sceptisch van. Het zal wel…… Maar in...more
Julia Montiel
Tengo entendido que esta es la primer novela escrita por la autora, por las casualidades de la vida yo leí "Hasta que pase tu ira" de Asa Larsson (Rebecka Martinsson Series n°4) antes de leer éste que es el primero, así que... No es tan homogéno como serán las historias de Rebecka Martinsson en un futuro, pero es el comienzo, y la autora sabe transmitir el desasosiego y el descontento, la incomodidad de la protagonista al tener que volver a enfrentarse - en contra de su voluntad - con su pasado....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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