Swedish Title: Svart Stig
Romanian Title: Pontonul Negru ( I read this book translated in Romanian)
Publication date: 2006
English Translation: 2008
A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide memorably in Åsa Larsson’s masterpiece of suspense—a tale of menace, hope, longing, and darkness beyond imagining.
The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman—found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them—was a key player in a mining company whose tentacles reach across the globe. Anna-Maria needs a lawyer to help explain some things—and she knows one of the best.
Attorney Rebecka Martinsson is desperate to get back to work, to feel alive again after a case that almost destroyed her. Soon Rebecka is prying into the affairs of the dead woman’s boss, the founder of Kallis Mining, whose relationship with his star employee was both complex and ominous. But what Rebecka and Anna-Maria are about to uncover—a tangled drama of secrets, perversion, and criminality—will lay bare a tale as shocking as it is sad…about a man’s obsession, a woman’s lonely death, and a killer’s cold, cold heart.
I read this book a couple of months ago but I still remember everything about it.
With each written book, Asa Larsson made me realize what a good writer she is. With this book, she made me feel in love with her writing skills and appreciate each minute that I spent with her book in my hands.
The main character is Rebecka Martisson, who’s life is a mess, after that two dramatic events from the previous two books ( read reviews for Book#1 and Book#2). But, somehow, this book doesn’t focus only on her life, but on everybody’s life.
Each character is well described, telling us a lot of new things about each one.
Rebecka is still living in her grandmother’s house and became a good friend with her older neighbor. Anna-Maria Mella is having problem understanding finances so she will ask Rebecka to explain her a few things connected with the murder case she works at. With her help, Anna will manage to solve the case in a very violent way. Sven-Erik, her partner will be injured and will feel that she put his life in dangerous. I won’t say more because I don’t want to be a spoiler so you will have to read the book in order to enjoy it. But I dare to tell you that the ending is worth reading all the book.
The book is well-plotted and paced with a range of interesting characters. It also examines Sweden’s welfare state, capitalism, and art. And I really love art( lately I began to draw again and I can’t understand why I stopped doing it).
The setting is wonderfully drawn that made me feel and see the environment being described.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you should do it ASAP. Why? Because I love how Asa’s skills became better with each book that she wrote.
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