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The Black Path Asa Lars­son, Ma­cLe­hose, $22.99 Lars­son is es­tab­lish­ing her­self as one of the finest in Swe­den’s stel­lar line-up of crime writ­ers. A world away from Malmo and Stockholm, her Arc­tic Cir­cle set­ting is a char­ac­ter in its own right. And char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion is what she does best. Her third novel fea­tur­ing In­spec­tor Anna-Maria Mella and fi­nance ex­pert Re­becka Martins­son opens with a man’s bat­tle for sur­vival against the el­e­ments and main­tains a cracking pace right up to the heart­stop­ping cli­max. The mur­der of a min­ing ex­ec­u­tive gets the ball rolling in a plot that in­cludes po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion, dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ships, a smat­ter­ing of sex and a dash of mys­ti­cism all told in ef­fort­less writ­ing with well-drawn leads. Shel­ley Or­chard

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