Åsa Larsson, Till dess din vrede upphör (2008)

Den fjerde svenske krimi om anklageren Rebecca Martinsson.

Jeg købte bogen på svensk for at spare, men jeg må indrømme, at det har varet alt for længe at få den halet ned fra hylden igen. Et er at læse Läckberg og Jungstedt på svensk, det kræver lidt mere koncentration at tygge sig igennem en Åsa Larsson.

“Jag minns hur vi dog. Jag minns och jag vet. Det är så nu. Vissa saker vet jag fast jag inte har varit med själv. Men jag vet inte allt. Långt ifrån. Det finns inga regler. Som med människor till exempel. Ibland är de öppna rum som jag kan gå in i. Ibland är de stängda. Tiden finns inte. Den är liksom söndervispad.”

To teenagers, Wilma og Simon, dykker efter et flyvrag under isen, men nogen forhindrer dem i at slippe op af vandet igen. Wilmas lig bliver fundet adskillige måneder senere, og da obduktionen viser, at hendes død ikke kan være en ulykke, tager politiinspektør Anna-Maria Mella fat, men uden sit sædvanlige engagement. Hun og Sven-Erik Stålnacke er ikke på talefod, og deres vedvarende fjendskab gennemsyrer stemningen på stationen.

Og på samme måde bliver gamle mønstre, grundlagt langt tilbage i tiden, afgørende for hvordan indbyggerne i Vittangijärvi håndterer nye konflikter.

Rebecka Martinsson forsøger at få et weekend-forhold til sin tidligere chef Måns til at fungere, for hun har ikke tænkt sig at flytte fra sin farmors hus igen:

“Jag behöver det här, tänkte hon. Jag är så många besvärliga personer. Den lilla kärlekshungrande treåringen, den iskalla juristen, ensamvargen och den där som vill bli galen igen, som längtar efter att fly in i det. Det är bra för mig att vara liten inunder det sprakande norrskenet, liten bredvid den tunga älven. Naturen och universum är så tätt inpå här. Mina bekymmer och knepigheter krymper ihop. Jag tycker om att vara obetydlig.”

En dyster og intens historie, som mere handler om hvorfor mordet skete end hvem der stod bag. Om man synes om, at Wilma vender tilbage til området efter sin død i et forsøg på at få politiet og de efterladte til at lede efter Simons lig, er en smagssag. Miljøet er mørkt og indestængt, lidt i retning af Kerstin Ekmans “Hændelser ved vand”.

Læst til Bogudfordringen 2011, en bog på originalsproget. Anbefales varmt; Åsa Larsson er i topform.

Åsa Larsson, Until Thy Wrath Be Passed (2011)

I bought a Swedish copy of the fourth story about prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson. An error of judgement, perhaps, as it took me far too long to pick the book up. Reading Läckberg and Jungstedt in Swedish is one thing, it demands more of the reader to concentrate on a story of this kind.

Two teenagers, Wilma and Simon, dive for the wreck of a war-time aeroplane under the ice, but someone prevents them from getting out of the water again. Wilma´s body is found several months later, and when the autopsy reveals that her death could not be an accident, Police Inspector Anna-Maria Mella begins to look into the case, but without her usual engagement. She and Sven-Erik Stålnacke have not been on speaking terms for some time, and this rather unusual conflict permeates the atmosphere of the police station.

And in the same way old patterns of behaviour, established far back in time, determines how the local population handle conflicts.

Rebecka Martinsson seems happier than before even though she has to juggle life in the north and a weekend-relationship with her former boss Måns. She is determined to stay in her grandmother´s house because it suits her many difficult persona. Surrounded by nature she feels that her own troubles shrink. “I like being insignificant,” she concludes.

A dark and intense story which focuses on why the murders happened rather than who did it. If you like the fact that Wilma returns to the area after her death, trying to entice the police and others to search for Simon´s body, is a matter of taste, but the solution does not depend on anything supernatural. The environment seems close and suffocating, much like Kerstin Ekman´s Blackwater.

Conclusion: Åsa Larsson is in great shape, the best book of a splendid series.

By coincidence, the book is also reviewed by Bernadette today.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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10 Responses to Åsa Larsson, Till dess din vrede upphör (2008)

  1. Bernadette says:

    SNAP, great minds think alike…I like the cover of yours much better…more fitting to thevtory than the English one I think. It’s nice to see Rebecka happy eh?

  2. Bernadette says:

    Supposed to be ‘the story’ above of course, I don’t type too well on the touch screen of my iPad

  3. Bernadette: I´d have posted this a few days ago if I hadn´t needed it for a September challenge. Yes, it is funny how we care about the well-being of our fictional friends.

    And don´t worry, I read and write several languages, including ´typish´😀

  4. Dorte – What an excellent review – thanks! I’m glad you focused in it on Rebecka Martinsson’s character; that, to me, is one of the truly great things about this series. I’m so enjoying following along as she changes and grows. She may not be the easiest person, but I really like her. I’ve become quite a Larsson fan🙂.

  5. Margot: I also like her a lot which is why I feel exactly like Bernadette – relieved that for once she experiences a bit of happiness🙂

  6. Patti Abbott says:

    Gosh, I loved Black Water. May have to try this one.

  7. Beth F says:

    Hummm. Sounds like I’m missing out on a good series.

  8. Patti: I don´t read that many dark novels, but I think Åsa Larsson should be exactly your taste (common ground for us, I´d imagine)

    Beth: Åsa Larsson is brilliant at creating characters & sense of place.

  9. kathy d. says:

    So glad to hear that you liked this book and think it’s the best of the four. My library doesn’t have it — yet — and I hope it comes in, but I’ll find a way to get it; perhaps I’ll wait until some used copies are available.
    And I am relieved to read that Rebecka is happy, finally. It was very disturbing to see what happened to her at the end of Book I — and then Book II — I was shocked by the brutality carried out against the protagonist. Almost swore off Larsson’s books — almost, but then I came to my senses and read the third book. And will certainly read the fourth.

  10. Kathy: let´s say that Rebecka is relatively happy – then I haven´t promised too much. Åsa Larsson´s books are darker than most of the books I read, but I can´t help liking them anyway, and this ending was less spectacular than some of hers.

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