The Sins of our Fathers
Arctic Murders Book 6
by Åsa Larsson
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Pub Date 30 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 28 Mar 2023
Quercus Books, MacLehose Press
Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year 2021 (Swedish Crime Writers' Academy)
Winner of the Storytel Award for Best Suspense Novel 2021
Winner of the Adlibris Award for Best Suspense Novel 2021
Forensic pathologist Lars Pohjanen has only a few weeks to live when he asks Rebecka Martinsson to investigate a murder that has long since passed the statute of limitations. A body found in a freezer at the home of the deceased alcoholic, Henry Pekkari, has been identified as a man who disappeared without a trace in 1962: the father of Swedish Olympic boxing champion Börje Ström. Rebecka wants nothing to do with a fifty-year-old case - she has enough to worry about. But how can she ignore a dying man's wish?
When the post-mortem confirms that Pekkari, too, was murdered, Rebecka has a red-hot investigation on her hands. But what does it have to do with the body kept in his freezer for decades?
Meanwhile, the city of Kiruna is being torn down and moved a few kilometres east, to make way for the mine that has been devouring the city from below. With the city in flux, the tentacles of organized crime are slowly taking over . . .
Rebecka Martinsson is Larsson's fragile but heroic investigator who has to battle internal enmities and her own personal demons in her quest to uncover the truth behind a shocking series of murders.
Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry