The Blood Spilt
Altar", "The Blood Spilt" is a truly absorbing, atmospheric and fast-paced
thriller featuring lawyer Rebecka Martinsson, a fantastic character in the
mould of "The Silence of the Lambs"' Clarice Starling. It is midsummer in
Sweden - when the light lingers through dawn and the long winter comes to
an end. Now, in this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike,
and the murder of a female priest sends shockwaves through the community.
It has been almost two years since attorney Rebecka Martinsson returned to
her birthplace, Kiruna, in order to stop an eerily similar murder spree.
Now she is back in Kiruna, where a determined policewoman works on the case
and the people who loved or loathed the victim mourn or revel in her
demise. As Rebecka is drawn into a mystery that soon will claim another
victim, the dead woman's world consumes her: a world of hurt and healing,
sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice. "Nail-biting...A
suspense-filled mystery by yet another talented Swedish writer'. ("Sunday
Telegraph" on "The Savage Altar"). "A labyrinthine conspiracy, superlative
storytelling". ("Independent" on "The Savage Altar"). Asa Larsson was born
in 1966 and lives in Sweden. Her first novel, "The Savage Altar", was a Top
10 bestseller in Sweden, winning the Best First Crime Novel award, and is
available from Penguin now.