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Author: Åsa Larsson Narrator: Gabrielle Glaister Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Rebecka Martinsson Series Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781623659547
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The Second Deadly Sin tests Rebecka Martinsson’s courage once more in her most twisted and unpredictable case yet.

After successfully tracking down and killing a rogue bear in the wilderness of northern Sweden, a group of hunters is shaken by a grisly discovery when they dress the bear carcass: human remains in the stomach. Far away in the remote village of Kurravaara, an elderly woman is found murdered with frenzied brutality, crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed. Her young grandson, known to live with her, is nowhere to be found.

Only Kiruna prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson sees a connection between the two events, but thanks to the machinations of a jealous rival, she is dropped from the case. Continuing to pursue answers in an unofficial capacity, and with the reluctant assistance of her friend and police inspector Anna-Maria Mella, Rebecka stands alone against a ruthless killer. And at the root of it all is a horrifying, century-old crime, the tendrils of which continue to hold the small community in their grip.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a more literary approach to the genre…Larsson remains one of the brightest stars in the current Nordic firmament…perceptive touches quicken the narrative throughout, and the characterization of the bloody-minded Rebecka…keeps The Second Deadly Sin firmly grounded.”

    Independent (London)

  • With a more literary approach to the genre... Larsson remains one of the brightest stars in the current Nordic firmament... perceptive touches quicken the narrative throughout, and the characterization of the bloody-minded Rebecka (who Larsson really puts through the mill here) keeps The Second Deadly Sin firmly grounded. Barry Forshaw, The Independent
  • A â??must read' series for me and the novel's ending hints at new directions for Rebecka which should shake up future books a little. Louise Welsh, Crimepieces
  • “Compelling…Larsson excels at creating engaging, complex characters whose interactions and development provide as much forward momentum as the search for the killer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Larsson’s writings have the same dark and bloody bleakness that readers of Scandinavian crime fiction crave, and the details of the twin cases prove compelling. Even more interesting than the crimes themselves, though, are the day-to-day details of life in both present-day and turn-of-the-century northern Sweden, where winter’s brutality is a normal component of life…this glimpse into Swedish life in the boonies is fascinating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Åsa Larsson was born in Kiruna, Sweden, in 1966 and studied in Uppsala. A former tax lawyer, she now writes full time, preferring rural life with her husband, two children, and several chickens. Her book, Sun Storm, was the winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award.

About the Narrator

Gabrielle Glaister is an English actress known for her roles in Blackadder II, Blackadder Goes Forth, Coronation Street, Family Affairs, and various other television and film roles.