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The Black Path (Rebecka Martinsson #3)

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A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide memorably in Åsa Larsson’s masterpiece of suspense—a tale of menace, hope, longing, and darkness beyond imagining.

The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Delta (first published 2006)
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When a book contains a detailed description of a work of art, and especially when it explains how the work was created, that's often a clue that the object in question is standing in for the book itself. In Cat's Cradle, Newt's ironic and deceptively simple painting is the focal point of the story. In A la recherche de temps perdu, Proust uses Elstir's canvases and Vinteuil's sonata to give you some indications about his overall plan. And in Kjærstad's Jonas Wergeland trilogy, the TV series Å Te ...more
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
THE BLACK PATH is the sort of book that you need to read with your preconceptions and expectations firmly locked in a drawer. Having not read the second book in the series yet, I know something happened to Rebecka in that book, but the details aren't important to understanding, from the start of THE BLACK PATH, that she has been through a traumatic experience and she's struggling back into normal life.

But one thing you will find with THE BLACK PATH is that Rebecka, or Anna-Maria or any of the ot
Chrissa Vasileiou
Να σημειωθεί παρακαλώ η σημερινή ημερομηνία ως η μέρα που θα κάνω θετικά σχόλια για βιβλίο της Larsson.Μετά από 3 βιβλία και άπειρες σελίδες,ναι επιτέλους ήρθε η ώρα...
Διαβάζοντας το "Μαύρο Μονοπάτι" ήταν σα να διάβαζα ένα εντελώς ανεξάρτητο βιβλίο από τα δύο προηγούμενα.Επιτέλους,ο φόνος δε συνάδει με τη θρησκεία.Επιτέλους,δεν έχουμε άτομα κολλημένα με τη θρησκεία - πόσα πια να χωράνε σε μια μικρή πόλη όπως η Κίρουνα;!Επιτέλους,μιλάμε για ένα βιβλίο με δράση,με παράλληλη γραφή τόσο σε παρελθόν
The Black Path by Åsa Larsson is the third in her series of mysteries featuring Rebecka Martinsson and is a wonderful story. All the characters were vividly drawn and all the story arcs interesting. I never wanted it to be over, a feeling I rarely have as I rush from one book to another. And it did what few books ever do: it made me cry. And I still loved it.

The book begins with what seems to be the certain death of a man on the ice but rapidly changes course when he discovers the body of a woma
Kathy Davie
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Third in the Rebecka Martinsson mystery series set in the country in Sweden and revolving around a tax lawyer who cracked up.

The Black Path was nominated in 2009 for a Barry Award for Best Paperback Original.

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Whoa, this one is CRITICAL. Read this. Try to read this as soon after The Blood Spilt , 2, as possible. It'll help with remembering as Larsson pulls events at the end of The Blood Spilt right in at the start of The Black Path. And do not skip ahead to Until Thy Wrath Be Past , 4, an
A decent enough Swedish murder mystery spanning international business, African instability, and kittens. It starts as a simple police procedural, but the story goes much deeper -- and becomes much messier.

Larsson's characters all have thick backstories -- sometimes to the point of pointlessness and with a few requiring knowledge of her previous novels. It's nice to see intelligent, capable female leads (this book has two).

I balked at the use of psychic powers in one side character, though, an
Fenia Vazaka
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Στο ίδιο στυλ με τα προηγούμενα δύο, χωρίς ιδιαίτερες εκπλήξεις. Η υπόθεση αυτή ήταν λίγο πιο ενδιαφέρουσα (όχι πάλι φόνος ιερέα), αλλά όλες οι εξελίξεις γίνονται μαζεμένες στο τέλος, με μια δόση υπερβολής ως συνήθως. Η πρωταγωνίστρια τουλάχιστον έχει λίγο πιο ενεργό ρόλο, αλλά και πάλι δεν λύνει αυτή το μυστήριο.
Δεν νομίζω να συνεχίσω με το τέταρτο πάντως...
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've become a big fan of Asa Larsson. I see no need to compare her to the likes of Karin Fossum, whom I also love to read. She can stand on her own merits.

Personally, I think that Black Path is excellent. I like all of the storylines and am not troubled by the fact that our heroine, Rebeka, isn't always the main focus of the book. I enjoy Anna-Maria Mella and her partner, Sven-Erik, tremendously, and I think that the back and forth of the different plots was skillfully handled and very effective
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia que mantiene el ritmo, aunque las dos primeras novelas de la serie me gustaron más.
Como el propio título indica el ser humano puede ser lo más oscuro que exista y la senda que recorre para ello también.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops, 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Anna-Maria Mella, detective; Rebecka Martinsson, attorney
SETTING: Kiruna (north Sweden)
SERIES: #3 of 3

It's early spring, and the ice on the lake in Tornetrask, northern Sweden, is thick. The inhabitants of nearby Kiruna journey here to go ice fishing, setting up small cabins on runners called arks, which protect them as they fish. A powerful storm blows one of the arks away, and its owner scrambles into a nearby cabin to escape from the elements. And what he finds is 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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