detective story with slightly more depth than the normal
run-of-the-mill detective story. The opening chapter establishes the
suspense of the book, which the many quick turns and sub-plots manage
to sustain. Several of the characters are well described and can be
viewed on a number of different layers; they are more like real
people and less like the cardboard caricatures that are often
associated with this kind of novel.
I liked the way the author
manages to tie everything together into a believable 'whole' without
loose ends trailing behind. It is very obvious from the writing that
Åsa Larsson is familiar with the north of Sweden, not only the
landscape but also the people and their own special characteristics
and turns of speech. The book is well written with
a definite poetic awareness, not only for what she is describing but
also for the language she is using.
believe that the book is called
Until Thy Wrath be Past in
English (published 2011). I cannot comment on the translation, but
the original, within the framework of what is expected from a
detective story, is well worth reading.
Photo of Åsa Larsson from fkb.dk