The Second Deadly Sin
The Arctic Murders – A gripping and atmospheric murder mystery
"Rebecka Martinsson: the new Scandi-noir heroine to rival Saga Noren and Sarah Lund" iNews
"In a television world now awash in female coppers, there aren't many as interesting and human as Rebecka" Wall Street Journal
At the end of a deadly bear hunt across the wilderness of Northern Sweden, the successful hunters are shaken by a grisly discovery.
Across in Kurravaara, a woman is murdered with frenzied brutality: crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed, her young grandson nowhere to be found. Only Rebecka Martinsson sees a connection.
Dropped from the case thanks to a jealous rival, she now stands alone against a killer who brings death to young and old, spawned by a horrifying crime that festers after one hundred years on ice.
The novels that inspired Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders - the major TV series
Translated from Swedish by Laurie Thompson
In Larsson's compelling fifth Rebecka Martinsson thriller (after 2011's Until Thy Wrath Be Past), the prosecutor travels to the far north of Sweden to investigate a murder victim's troubling family history. Before Sol-Britt Uusitalo was stabbed to death, her son was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run, and her father's remains were discovered inside a slain bear. The century-old murder of Sol-Britt's grandmother in Kiruna, an iron mining town, also remains unsolved. Rebecka, sidelined by a conniving colleague, looks into the earlier deaths for a motive as the official investigation focuses more narrowly on Sol-Britt's case. The murderer stalks the woman's seven-year-old grandson, Marcus. Larsson excels at creating engaging, complex characters whose interactions and development provide as much forward momentum as the search for the killer. The settingalternates between the present and WWI-era Kiruna, with uneven pacing and a few holes. Depictions of brutality are unflinching, and readers should be prepared for scenes of animal cruelty.
A Terrific Book
I read all five of the Rebecka Martinsson books straight, one a day. They are so good that I just couldn’t put them down. The plots are great, but it’s the depth of the characters that makes the series so special.