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The Sins of our Fathers

SHORTLISTED for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

Asa Larsson Frank Perry



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09 January 2024
"""Larsson is one of the best current practitioners of Scandinavian crime fiction"" Financial Times
""A masterful storyteller . . . An astute social commentator"" Sunday Express

Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year 2021 (Swedish Crime Writers' Academy)

Winner of the Storytel Award for Best Suspense Novel 2021

Winner of the Adlibris Award for Best Suspense Novel 2021

Forensic pathologist Lars Pohjanen has only a few weeks to live when he asks Rebecka Martinsson to investigate a murder that has long since passed the statute of limitations. A body found in a freezer at the home of the deceased alcoholic, Henry Pekkari, has been identified as a man who disappeared without a trace in 1962: the father of Swedish Olympic boxing champion Borje Strom. Rebecka wants nothing to do with a fifty-year-old case - she has enough to worry about. But how can she ignore a dying man's wish?

When the post-mortem confirms that Pekkari, too, was murdered, Rebecka has a red-hot investigation on her hands. But what does it have to do with the body kept in his freezer for decades?

Meanwhile, the city of Kiruna is being torn down and moved a few kilometres east, to make way for the mine that has been devouring the city from below. With the city in flux, the tentacles of organized crime are slowly taking over . . .

Fragile yet fierce Rebecka Martinsson returns in a spellbinding addition to the Arctic Murders series, now a Walter Presents drama for television.

Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry"
Translated by:  
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 128mm,  Width: 196mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9781849167383
ISBN 10:   1849167389
Series:   The Arctic Murders
Pages:   608
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Asa Larsson was born and grew up in Kiruna, Sweden. She is a qualified lawyer and made her debut in 2003 with The Savage Altar, which was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers' Association prize for best debut novel. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004, as was The Second Deadly Sin in 2011. Her novels were adapted for television and shown on More 4. The sixth and final book in the Rebecka Martinsson series, The Sins of Our Fathers, was published in September, 2021. It was later named Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, and is the winner of the Adlibris Suspense Award.

Reviews for The Sins of our Fathers: SHORTLISTED for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

No other Swedish crime writer has been lauded to the extent Asa has; her stories are something out of the ordinary. [...] [The] language roars like a river, it is as if the language itself shows how everything has changed and is coming together: then and now, old battles and new crimes, family ties, and people's dependency upon one another * Dagens Nyheter * [Asa Larsson's] suspense novels are in a league of their own. In part due to the language, but also because they include several warm portrayals of people; people shaped by harsh social climates as well as severe weather. [...] The Sins of Our Fathers holds multitudes, high pace, and human tragedy galore, extreme Laestadians as well as bloody knock-out fights. But also, dizzying ski trips, frolicking dogs, and touching elderly romance. [...] A grandiose finale. * Arbeterbladet * [This] is a multifaceted, utterly brilliant crime novel. It is also a read that creates an insatiable urge to move north; Asa writes about a landscape that she loves, a Norrbotten with mountains so beautiful they seem to be out of this world, and sparkling rivers that rush and roar as they have done since ancient times. * Femina * Rebecka Martinsson is back. Magnificent nature, brilliant character portrayals, murder, love, and dogs. It doesn't get any better than this * Aftonbladet *

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