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The Second Deadly Sin
by Asa Larsson
I cannot tell you how close I was to putting this book down; and I am so glad that I didn't. Once I got used to the pace and the Swedish names, the story was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down!
Rebecka Martinsson is a smart and beautiful (aren't they all?!) prosecutor who has moved back to her small town and gone to work for the local police department. When she is kicked off a murder investigation, she does some digging on her own. What she finds doesn't add up and she is determined to find some answers even if that means losing her job.
The story of the present murder is told amid flashbacks of another murder that happened at the turn of the 20th century, involving another smart and beautiful young lady. Although the story told in flashback does not hold the same depth of character, each story unfolds in it's own time to come together at the end of the book.
In the end, what is lost in translation in this story is not as important as the actual story itself. Although you will figure out part of the mystery before the last pages, there is enough left unsolved to keep you intrigued. If you enjoy a good mystery, you will find it in the pages of The Second Deadly Sin.