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The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson
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Jul 15, 2010

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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 maternity leave, and fellow officer Sven-Erik Stalnacke. The characters surrounding Mildred Nilsson, the priest, are examined and followed in great depth. Particularly memorable are a young man with the mind of a child and good friend who lives with her five (or is it six?) dogs. The setting — rural northern Sweden– is as important as any character. The connection to nature is also highlighted by a narrative inserted periodically about the life of a local wolf, Yellow Legs. At times this seems to throw the story off, at other times it fits right in. All in all, a very literary and successful story with a mystery that kept me changing my mind almost to the end, and characters that I will remember for a long time. --Susan

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