Author(s): Asa Larsson
The frozen body of a woman is found in a fishing ark on the ice near Tornetrask in northern Sweden. She has been brutally tortured, but the killing blow was clumsy, almost amateur. The body is quickly identified, raising hopes of an open-and-shut solution. But when a six-month-old suicide is disinterred, Rebecka Martinsson and Anna-Maria Mella find themselves investigating shocking corruption at the heart of one of Sweden's most successful mining companies. One that has powerful enemies of its own.
'Among the current batch of Nordic writers, the new Larsson is one to be followed with the most minute attention' Barry Forshaw, Independent.
'Larsson's laid back style makes her unflinching probing of the icy depths of the human heart all the more chilling' Jake Kerridge, Telegraph.
Asa Larsson was born and grew up in Kiruna, Sweden. She is a qualified lawyer. Her first novel, The Savage Altar, was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers' Association prize for best debut. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004.
Marlaine DeLargy has translated the novels of Asa Larsson and Johan Theorin, and is on the editorial board of the Swedish Book Review.