Åsa Larsson is one of Scandinavia’s most loved writers. Sun Storm, her first crime novel about the fragile yet fierce Rebecka Martinsson, was published in 2003 and was named Best Debut by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy and was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Award.
She has written five books to date in her series featuring Rebecka Martinsson. The second and fifth books in the series, The Blood Spilt(Det blod som spillts, 2004) and The Second Deadly Sin (Till offer åt Molok, 2012), were both named Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy. The Second Deadly Sin was also nominated for the 2013 Glass Key Award.
Larsson was raised in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city situated 145 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. Just like the heroine of her novels, Larsson worked as a tax lawyer before turning to writing. She currently lives in Mariefred with her two children, her dog, and her horse.
No one can reignite language the way she can.
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'A breath of fresh cold air . . . a dangerous edge to gladden fans of Lisbeth Salander' Boyd Tonkin
The first in the Rebecka Martinsson series from the million-book bestselling author, for fans of Stieg Larsson, The Bridge and The Killing TV series.
A church in the glittering frozen wastes of northern Sweden. Inside, a sacrifice: the body of a man - slashed to pieces, hands severed, eyes gouged out.
The victim's sister is first to discover the body and she soon finds herself the police's only suspect. Terrified and confused, she calls on an old friend: hot-shot city lawyer Rebecka Martinsson.
Can Rebecka dig beneath the surface of the community that she once fled, and find the truth?
'A chilling plot knee-deep in blood-spattered snow' Jim Kelly
'A labyrinthine conspiracy, superlative storytelling' Independent
A nail biting, suspense-filled mystery' Sunday Telegraph
Asa Larsson has sold over a million and a half books worldwide. Her first novel, The Savage Altar, won the award for Sweden's best first crime novel. Her second novel, The Blood Spilt, is also available from Penguin now.