The Savage Altar

The Savage Altar

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Innocence will be sacrificed...On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies ritually mutilated and defiled - and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall. Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the small town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm tax lawyer, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the church of the cult he helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor, and to confront the rumours circulating in a closed and frightened community. But to help her friend, and to find the real killer of a man she once adored and is now not sure she ever knew, Rebecka must relive the darkness she left behind in Kiruna, delve into a sordid conspiracy of deceit, and confront a killer whose motives are dark and impossible to guess...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141024712
  • 9780141024714
  • 205,375

About Asa Larsson

Asa Larsson was born in 1966 and lives in Sweden. This is her first novel.
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Nail-biting ... A suspense-filled mystery by yet another talented Swedish writer Sunday Telegraph A labyrinthine conspiracy, superlative storytelling Independent
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